Category Archives: War

Ireland’s Wars: The Rathclarin Ambush

So far in 1919 elements of the IRA had proven they were more than capable of dealing with both armed and unarmed police forces, whether it was G Division in Dublin or the RIC in rural areas. The consequences of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Revolutionary State

As previously stated, war is politics by other means. The IRA was fighting a war in 1919, against the RIC, the DMP and soon enough British Army regulars, but they were not doing so just for the sheer sake of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Squad

The popular remembrance of the Irish War of Independence is wrapped up tight around the conflict that was waged on the streets of Dublin, perceived as a cloak and dagger fight between two competing intelligence services, more akin to a … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Rescue At Knocklong

A section of the 3rd Tipperary Brigade had instigated the military side of the War of Independence with the Soloheadbeg ambush. There would be other incidents, and deaths, in the weeks and months that followed, but the next spectacular moment … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Limerick Soviet

As stated previously, it is my intention to put individual emphasis on a number of the smaller scale actions and events of the Irish War of Independence, that I will be choosing based on my own metrics of importance, notoriety … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Paris Peace Conference

I finished my coverage of Ireland in the First World War a while ago, with a look at what the “named” Irish units were doing on the day of the armistice, 11th November 1918. The fighting of the First World … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: 21st January 1919 – Soloheadbeg

The military side of the Irish War of Independence is commonly considered to begin with, in the grand scale of things, a relatively small ambush in the countryside of County Tipperary, on the same day that Dail Eireann met for … Continue reading

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