Category Archives: Ireland’s Wars

Ireland’s Wars: Kilmallock

I hope that I may be forgiven for the length of the below entry in this series. This particular subject is one that is close to my heart in many ways, not just as I am a native of Limerick, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Advance Into Tipperary

The border of the Munster Republic had been breached at either end: at Limerick City in the west, with forces under Eoin Duffy and Michael Brennan expelling the IRA and now moving into the countryside to finish them off, and … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Fall Of Waterford (1922)

If Limerick, on the far left of the nominal republican line, was the lynchpin of the “Munster Republic”, then Waterford, on the far-right, must be considered to have held something close to a similar status. With Limerick in dispute, Waterford … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Battle Of Limerick

Almost from the moment that the split in the republican movement became manifest, it had one of its major fault lines through the city of Limerick. The IRA in the area, if one includes Michael Brennan’s forces to the north … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Conventional Civil War In The Midlands

We have seen in the last few entries the manner in which the pro-Treaty side was able to secure some semblance of control over large parts of Ireland very quickly after the beginning of the Civil War. The north, west … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Conventional Civil War In Wexford

For well over a hundred years before the events to be discussed below, Wexford had held an aura in the eyes of successive generations of Irish republicans and revolutionaries, that arguably outstripped whatever strategic value the area held in terms … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Conventional Civil War In The West

In describing the conventional Civil War as it was fought in Donegal, we get a flavour for what the same period was like in the farthest west of Ireland. Connacht had never been the most active area of Ireland throughout … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Donegal Campaign

Having looked at the beginnings of the Irish Civil War in Dublin and in its surrounding areas to the south and north, in this entry I want to commence a look at what Michael Hopkinson dubbed “the war in the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Conventional Civil War In Louth

The moment that the National Army had opened fire on the Four Courts was a starting pistol for the rest of the country, even if it took a while for the news of what was happening in the capital to … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Opposing Forces And Initial Strategy Of The Conventional Civil War

The Irish Civil War had begun in earnest, with the pro-Treaty side securing Dublin and then clearing their enemies from outside of the capital as well. A week after the opening of hostilities saw things precariously in the balance across … Continue reading

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