Tag Archives: 1916

Ireland’s Wars: Moore Street And Surrender

As Friday began, and the fifth day of fighting in the centre of Dublin commenced, it was clear that the GPO was in serious peril. British artillery was demolishing the building piece by piece, and every time the brave Volunteers-turned-firefighters … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Sackville Street

When it came to the headquarters of the Irish Republic, the military council did not look far beyond Liberty Hall. Sackville Street was then, as now with its modern day O’Connell Street moniker, one of the main thoroughfares of Dublin … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The 1st Battalion’s Rising

The 1st battalion of the Irish Volunteers had an unenviable task on Easter Week. Their area of operations was to be a sprawling mix of city-centre and suburban, from the imposing Four Courts buildings on the Liffey quays, through North Brunswick … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: South Dublin Union

The western-most fighting within Dublin would belong to the 4th battalion of the Irish Volunteers, and most of that fighting would be done in a large complex called the South Dublin Union, located to the south-west at the city centre, near Kingsbridge … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: St Stephen’s Green

St Stephen’s Green had been a public park in the heart of Dublin (as it remains today) since 1880. As a point that the rebels considered when it came to what to seize and what not to, it had many … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Jacob’s Biscuit Factory

(Not counting the supplementary entries I have made on occasion, this is 300th edition of Ireland’s Wars. We’ve come a long way and have yet more to travel but let me once again thank all readers and subscribers for their … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Boland’s Mill

We have already discussed the most significant rebel action of the Boland’s Mill operational area, but we must today look at that area as a whole. On Easter Monday it began by men of the 3rd battalion forcing the gates … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Mount Street Bridge

Having covered the opening exchanges of the Rising, we must now move to some of the more extended combats that took place elsewhere. One of these, in the south-east of the city, was to prove easily the most successful rebel … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Magazine Fort And City Hall

How to approach the Easter Rising? I had considered a chronological approach, but in the end discarded this as simply too complicated and hard to follow, jumping from garrison to garrison until the signal of events is lost in the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Proclamation Of The Irish Republic As A Military Document

We will launch into the Easter Rising properly next week, but today I wanted to spend some time on the iconic document that is inherently tied to the event, and to Irish identity: the Proclamation of the Irish Republic. Often … Continue reading

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