Tag Archives: 1914

Ireland’s Wars: The Civil War That Wasn’t

Much of the political wrangling around Home Rule in the summer of 1914 was about whether Ulster would be part of the process at all. Early on and at different stages of the legislative process, opposition figures, and even supporters, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Redmond’s Volunteer Takeover

Between the unreliability of the British military when it came to upholding the law, and the gun-running’s that had increased the armed potential of the Ulster and Irish Volunteers, things appeared to be disintegrating fast in Ireland in the summer … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Gun-Runnings

Starting in 1913, the British government had brought in new legislation to clamp down on the private arms trade into Britain and Ireland, with a mind to curtail the possible arming of both the Ulster and the Irish Volunteers, that … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Curragh Mutiny

Coming out of the wave of volunteering in 1912 and 1913, and then the unrest of the Lockout, 1914 was earmarked as a momentous year in Irish history. Under the new rules governing what the House of Lords could and … Continue reading

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Revolutionary Remembrance: Franz Ferdinand And The Counter-Factual

The weekend just gone saw the centenary of Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination in Sarejevo in 1914. The event is commonly ascribed as either the beginning of the First World War or the moment when it became inevitable. I happen to … Continue reading

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Revolutionary Remembrance: Redmond’s Takeover And Hobson

Another very important centenary date just passed us by, and it was another that went little noticed by the state or the media. I can forgive them this time though. After all, the Redmonite takeover of the Irish Volunteers in … Continue reading

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Revolutionary Remembrance: Their Mutiny

So, this past week a hundred years ago saw what we call the “Curragh Incident” or “Mutiny” if you want to be just a little bit more inflammatory (and I do). I’m not sure how you really do some proper … Continue reading

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