Category Archives: Ireland’s Wars

Ireland’s Wars: Hunger Strikes

Hunger striking can be generally defined as the act of refusing food and other nutrients as a form of political protest, usually undertaken by prisoners or anti-government activists as a means of attempting to force some manner of policy change. … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Murder Of Tomas Mac Curtain

The War of Independence, and indeed the larger revolutionary period, is a segment of Irish history where the action of assassination is seen time and again. The IRA killed plenty of people on a singular basis in this period, most … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Ward’s Hotel Ambush

On the 10th March 1920, an attack took place in the County Limerick town of Rathkeale, when several members of the local IRA took advantage of an opportunity to target members of the RIC. The event was more than just … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Timoleague And Mount Pleasant

Over the past number of entries, we have discussed a range of ambushes and barracks attacks undertaken by the IRA, all of which gained some measure of success. But this is not fully representative of the Irish War of Independence, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Ballytrain Barracks Attack

While Eamon de Valera was continuing his own private war of words in the United States, the more public war of bullets, bombs and blood was continuing in Ireland. Beginning with the Carraigtwohill barracks attack, the IRA had commenced a … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: De Valera In America

As already discussed, the international dimension was vital to the Irish War of Independence. The political heads of the Republic were smart enough to know that a complete military victory over Britain was unlikely to occur, and even if it … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Carrigtwohill Barracks Attack

1920 was to bring a new verve to the IRA’s campaigns. The dispute between the nominal commanders in GHQ and those mid to junior officers “on the ground” would remain, but there was now a greater appetite in Dublin for … Continue reading

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