Tag Archives: 1920

Ireland’s Wars: Other Actions In 1920

There were numerous operations throughout 1920 that have escaped our attention, either because they were just too small-scale, or because there were just more important things to focus on. In this entry, just as I did for similar events in … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Monreal And Nine Mile House

When you look into the history of the Irish War of Independence, you are often dependent on limited sources for certain actions. Ambushes had only a certain amount of participants on either side, and both were caught up in a … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Kilmichael

I feel that it behooves me, at the start of this entry, to give a friendly word of warning. The topic of Kilmichael and what occurred there on the 28th November 1920 might be the most debated engagement of the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Bloody Sunday (1920)

Thing were poised very delicately for the IRA in Dublin in November 1920. GHQ had managed to help orchestrate a nationwide campaign of rebellion against British rule, the Squad had annihilated the DMP’s G Division, and a certain aura of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Dublin Intelligence War In 1920

When we last mentioned the intelligence war in Dublin, it was in the context of the killing of Frank Brooke in July of 1920, then the latest assassination of Michael Collins’ Squad. But the killings and shootings were continuing apace … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The 1920 British Counter-Offensive

Not too long ago we briefly discussed the starkly divided approaches of the British political leadership when it came to the Irish conflict. The opposing camps – those who wanted to enact harsher military-driven policies, and those who preferred to … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The October 31st Attacks And The Siege Of Tralee

October 31st did not have the significance in 1920 that it does today, and few in Ireland that year would have been too worried about the dangers of ghouls, ghosts and goblins. They had more tangible things to be concerned … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Tom Barry And The Toureen Ambush

It’s taken a while to get to this point, from the moment when we first mentioned the man who, perhaps more than any other, has become synonymous with the idea of Irish guerrilla warfare as practiced in the War of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Mallow Barracks Raid

There has been plenty of barracks raids and attacks in the course of the War of Independence up to September 1920. Indeed, it could be said that such operations formed the majority of the IRA’s activities to that point, with … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Rineen Ambush

While perhaps not as active in the War of Independence as some other parts or Munster, the IRA Brigades based in Clare – West, Mid and East – had played a role, as had the county in general. Some of … Continue reading

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