Category Archives: Ireland’s Wars

Ireland’s Wars: The Clonbanin Ambush And New Structures

The War of Independence saw its fiercest battlegrounds in Munster, and the situation in that province proved deadly most other days during 1921. In early March another major ambush, the latest in a long line of major ambushes, took place … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Clonfin And Dromkeen

Having spent some time looking at some of the elements of the War of Independence that may not have brought great credit to the IRA, we turn back to some of their more notable successes. The war intensified as more … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Mrs Lindsay And Cork’s Informant War

The Irish War of Independence was, at its beating heart, an ugly affair. All wars are, in their own way, but there is something especially brutal about the kind of asymmetric war that the years 1919-1921 saw in Ireland: they … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Glenwood Ambush

Having spent a degree of time going over the higher political situation, we must now dive deep into the hurley burley of 1921’s military engagement in earnest. We begin in County Clare. We have a spent a bit of time … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Aims And Objectives For 1921

The Irish War of Independence was now entering its final year, though of course no one knew that at the time. There would be a new intensity to the conflict in the coming months, as things hurtled towards a political … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Other Actions In 1920

There were numerous operations throughout 1920 that have escaped our attention, either because they were just too small-scale, or because there were just more important things to focus on. In this entry, just as I did for similar events in … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Monreal And Nine Mile House

When you look into the history of the Irish War of Independence, you are often dependent on limited sources for certain actions. Ambushes had only a certain amount of participants on either side, and both were caught up in a … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Burning Of Cork

Throughout the course of our “coverage” of the Irish War of Independence we have discussed reprisals by Crown Forces in the aftermath of IRA attacks. In the first two years of the war these reprisals took on many forms: the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Kilmichael

I feel that it behooves me, at the start of this entry, to give a friendly word of warning. The topic of Kilmichael and what occurred there on the 28th November 1920 might be the most debated engagement of the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Bloody Sunday (1920)

Thing were poised very delicately for the IRA in Dublin in November 1920. GHQ had managed to help orchestrate a nationwide campaign of rebellion against British rule, the Squad had annihilated the DMP’s G Division, and a certain aura of … Continue reading

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