Category Archives: Ireland

Ireland’s Wars: German Plots

Ireland in April/May 1918 was an island in uproar. The threat of conscription loomed large, and had motivated a unified struggle from nationalist and other groups to oppose it, a struggle that was causing the Dublin administration and London government … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Conscription

As 1918 began, it was clear that something akin to a political earthquake was occurring in Ireland, thanks to the rise in popularity in Sinn Fein, both in terms of general membership and electoral victories. That year, with the Great … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Rise Of Sinn Fein

Even while it was still taking place, the Easter Rising was being dubbed “the Sinn Feiner Rebellion”, in reference to the political entity led by Arthur Griffith that was associated with nationalist thinking. This was, of course, an error: Sinn … Continue reading

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Divorce Referendum (2019): Why I’m Voting “Yes”

Are you kidding me? Of course I am voting “Yes” on this. Even if I had zero experience or connection to somebody who has, or is currently going through, divorce proceedings in this country I would still be voting “Yes” … Continue reading

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Who I’m Voting For In The MEP Elections (2019)

If the local race is an exercise in “What do councillors actually do?” then the decision to select MEP’s is even worse. Let’s be honest with ourselves: the vast majority of Irish people don’t have a firm idea on the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Frongoch

It is time that we begin to turn our attention to the complex and thorny issue of what we know as the Irish War of Independence. Even that very title is complicated, since such monikers are typically given to conflicts … Continue reading

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Who I’m Voting For In The Local Elections (2019)

The thing about local councillors is that it can be hard to summon up any enthusiasm for voting for any of them when it comes to election times. Local government in Ireland has been steadily decreasing in relevance for many … Continue reading

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