Tag Archives: 1922

Ireland’s Wars: The Anti-Treaty Offensive In Kerry

When Cork City fell to advancing pro-Treaty forces on the 10th August, hopes would have been high that the Civil War was essentially over. In that strictly conventional sense, the anti-Treaty side had suffered total defeat, their armies repulsed in … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Anti-Treaty Offensive In Leinster

In the aftermath of the fall of Cork, the anti-Treaty IRA was left at a crossroads. There were certainly many voices within the faction that thought the war was no longer worth fighting, and it would be better to try … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Beal Na mBlath

The ambush that killed Michael Collins remains an emotive moment in Irish military history. It’s been immortalised on the page and on screen, Irish political parties continue to give speeches at the spot every year, the man’s grave is a … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Guerrilla Civil War Begins

The conventional phase of the Irish Civil War is generally held to have taken place between the opening assault on the Four Courts on the 28th June and the order from Liam Lynch for the IRA still in being to … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Cork’s Fall And The End Of The Conventional Civil War

The conventional Civil War was drawing to a close in August 1922. The anti-Treaty IRA had been defeated or forced to withdraw in every corner of the country. The Munster Republic had been invaded at every point of its frontier, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Plot To Isolate Dublin

The Irish Civil War was progressing apace in Munster, where the anti-Treaty position was nearing its final end, at least in the conventional sense. The pro-Treaty military was proving itself victorious on just about every front. But while that was … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Coastal Landings And The Kerry Campaign

The naval dimension of military operations had never been an enormous part of the Irish War of Independence. Sure, the Royal Navy ferried troops between Britain and Ireland, but the service was largely a side player in the events that … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Kilmallock

I hope that I may be forgiven for the length of the below entry in this series. This particular subject is one that is close to my heart in many ways, not just as I am a native of Limerick, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Advance Into Tipperary

The border of the Munster Republic had been breached at either end: at Limerick City in the west, with forces under Eoin Duffy and Michael Brennan expelling the IRA and now moving into the countryside to finish them off, and … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Fall Of Waterford (1922)

If Limerick, on the far left of the nominal republican line, was the lynchpin of the “Munster Republic”, then Waterford, on the far-right, must be considered to have held something close to a similar status. With Limerick in dispute, Waterford … Continue reading

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