Tag Archives: 1914

Ireland’s Wars: Casement And Plunkett In Germany

Irish nationalist revolutionaries have consistently sought outside support in their endeavours, recognising that having a major European, or even world, power is a practical necessity when trying to fight an opponent with the size and reach of England, and later … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: To The Trenches

The Battle of the Marne, known also as the “miracle of the Marne”, took place between 6th and 10th September 1914. The battle is primarily known as a French and German one in popular remembrance, the clash of arms wherein … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Great Retreat

In the aftermath of Mons, and the larger “Battle of the Frontiers”, the Allied forces of Britain and France (and Belgium, technically) were in full retreat. Sir John French’s BEF had held the Germans up for the better part of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Mons

The early days of the war in Europe, for the men of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) anyway, were a helter-skelter affair of rapid mobilisation, a boat ride across the Irish Sea or English Channel and a march through the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The First World War Begins

The origins of the First World War have been long-debated, and bare little going into, bar the basic particulars. In the summer of 1914, a generations worth of international and intranational tensions – the naval arms race between Britain and … Continue reading

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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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