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Ireland’s Wars: The Fall Of Athlone

June 1691: The Williamite army of Godert de Ginkel had taken the eastern half of Athlone, smashing through its outer defences after only a brief bombardment. But the bridge connecting both sides of the town over the Shannon had not … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Ginkel Attacks The Shannon

The campaigning season had finally arrived. After months of raids and minor operations, of reinforcements and political manoeuvring, both sides would now put their respective mettles to the test again, properly. From the east, the Williamites under Ginkel would attempt … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Williamite Advance

In the summer of 1690, the Jacobites were on the run nearly everywhere in Ireland. The loss at the Boyne and the subsequent flight of James II from the country had been twin blows that the Jacobite war effort tottered … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: James’ Flight And The 1690 Siege Of Athlone

The Battle of the Boyne had been won by the Williamites, who took the Jacobite positions, inflicted more casualties and now stood poised to launch a larger offensive on Leinster itself. But the Jacobite army, while beaten, was not routed … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: John’s Second Visit

The Anglo-Normans in Ireland were rebelling and fighting with each other pell-mell, damaging wars that left the English effort to expand against the natives neutered. King John’s second expedition to Ireland was just a larger part of his repeatedly fractious … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Ireton’s New Plan And The Fall Of Athlone

1651 came, the weather cleared, but nothing happened. Everyone must have known that another Parliamentarian assault on the Shannon defensive line, led by Henry Ireton, was an inevitability, to make up for his failed effort the first time around. But … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Ireton’s Autumn Offensive

By the 12th of August, Henry Ireton had completed his operation in the Waterford area, having captured both the city and the nearby fort of Duncannon, with hardly any loss. Across the country, the Royalist faction was seething with revolt … Continue reading

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Review: Limerick vs Athlone (19/4/14)

Managed to make it out Friday night to Thomond Park to see Limerick take on Athlone Town. After a surprise win away at Bohs the previous week, picking up an additional three points against the teams lowest team was crucial. … Continue reading

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Roddy Collins, Sing Us A Song

Over the next little while, I’m going to be posting up a few of the articles that I have previously written for the website Lovely Left Foot, which is currently undergoing a hiatus of sorts. They may eventually be hosted … Continue reading

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Football Round-Up (LOI Week 27, EPL Week Six)

Another week, another win. It was, for 86 or so minutes, an utterly frustrating night at Jackman Park, as Limerick dominated in terms of possession, tempo and chances, but simply could not get the ball to go into the net. … Continue reading

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