Category Archives: War

Ireland’s Wars: The Lough Foyle Landings

Lord Mountjoy was not a man to sit back. The collapse of the rebellion in Munster and the securing of the Pale’s borders in Leinster were a good start to his time in Ireland, but he wanted to get more done, and … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: George Carew And The End In Munster

As 1600 dawned in Ireland, things were looking good for the confederation of rebel Irish that Hugh O’Neill had been able to form. Ulster was secure, the English forces were taking a beating on nearly all fronts, Elizabeth’s treasury was being … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Curlew Pass

While the Earl of Essex was marching through Munster, taking the long way back to Dublin and losing most of his army in the process, and before his final downfall, events in the Nine Years War elsewhere continued apace. As mentioned … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Essex’s Downfall

This was originally the second half of a larger entry, that I have decided to split as part of a revision/expansion. The first part can be found here. The first campaign that the Earl of Essex had led in Ireland … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Essex’s Munster Campaign

I mentioned last week that the internal court politics of Elizabeth I reign had enough intrigue and conflict related to Ireland to fill up their own entry, but only a brief summation is required to set up what occurred in Ireland throughout … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Munster Rises For Hugh O’Neill

The victory at the Yellow Ford had radically altered the strategic situation in Ireland. In the aftermath, with the northern confederation separating and returning home while the Pale waited with baited breath for a possible attack on its borders, both sides … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Yellow Ford

1598 was going to be a pivotal year in the conflict that was engulfing Ireland. After the campaigns that had racked the country over the previous few years, the situation was in a precarious balance. The English remained in place with … Continue reading

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