Category Archives: Ireland’s Wars

Ireland’s Wars: 21st August 1920

Nothing truly seismic, in the history of the Irish War of Independence or the history of Ireland, actually occurred on the 21st August 1920. The basic facts are that six members of the RIC were killed or wounded fatally, with … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Aeroplane Ambush

The use of airpower in the Irish War of Independence, something to be discussed entirely from the British side of the conflict, is a fairly niche part of the history of this time. The Royal Air Force, constituted from what … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Holywell Ambush

The War of Independence saw its most active areas in Munster and Dublin, not counting the bloodshed in Belfast. Of course there was military activity throughout the rest of the country, but nearly always to a much smaller scale, with … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Conciliation And Coercion

Having spent a good bit of time looking at the day-to-day elements of the Irish War of Independence up to the summer months of 1920, now is a good moment to turn away temporarily and look at the higher level. … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: 1920 In Belfast

It is a somewhat curious thing that we have rarely touched on the city of Belfast, the second biggest urban centre on the island of Ireland, but odds are we will be discussing it a lot more as we continue … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: July 1920

By the time that June came to an end in 1920, it was fair to say that the situation in Ireland was chaotic. The forces representing “the Republic” had de facto control over a significant part of the country, the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Kidnapping Of General Lucas

The War of Independence was a conflict of rural and urban ambushes, of house and barracks burnings, of intimidation, hunger strikes and assassination. But it was also a war where other, nominally non-deadly, methods of political violence were employed. In … Continue reading

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