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Ireland’s Wars: The Custom House

The war in Ireland had reached its terminal stage. Throughout the country, though primarily in Cork, Dublin and parts of Ulster, the death toll had remained consistent, then skyrocketed. The electoral process that the British hoped would point the way … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Early 1921 In Dublin

The events of Bloody Sunday might be the most famous of the War of Independence in Dublin, but they were neither a decisive nor final blow. The British intelligence communities and the larger Crown Forces had been badly shaken by … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Clonfin And Dromkeen

Having spent some time looking at some of the elements of the War of Independence that may not have brought great credit to the IRA, we turn back to some of their more notable successes. The war intensified as more … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Burning Of Cork

Throughout the course of our “coverage” of the Irish War of Independence we have discussed reprisals by Crown Forces in the aftermath of IRA attacks. In the first two years of the war these reprisals took on many forms: the … 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: British Counter-Moves In 1920

Having spent a good long while on the IRA’s actions in 1920, it is now time that we swing back to the British, who, from a general perspective, were not being entirely passive in the early months of that year. … Continue reading

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