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Ireland’s Wars: The IRA After The Second World War

If the immediate time period after the end of the Second World War was a difficult era for Ireland in general, then it is fair to say that is was an extremely difficult era for the Irish Republican Army. World … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The IRA “Northern Campaign”

It is fair to say that, by 1942 anyway, the IRA were running out of road in Ireland. The organisation was shattered, losing Volunteers, officers and leaders at a frightful rate, whether it was by arrest and detention, or just … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Belfast Blitz

Even before the invention of air planes, the idea of utilising aircraft in a military context had been the focus of theorists and fiction writers alike, many of whom would spend the time before 1905 and the time after prophesising … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The First Decades For Northern Ireland

We do spend most of this series dealing with events in what we would identify as the lower 26 counties, at this time of discussion the Irish Fee State. Partly this is because of my own bias, which I cannot … Continue reading

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Review: Belfast

Belfast Trailer Growing up in a street of mixed religions in 1969’s Belfast, a Protestant family tread a fine line amid rising sectarian tensions in the city. Youngest son Buddy (Jude Hill) observes the often fraction marriage of his put-upon … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Northern Offensive

Behind every flashpoint in Ireland on the road to the Irish Civil War, every bit of violence taking place in isolated areas or the more eye-catching combat in urban centres, the situation in Northern Ireland still caught people’s attention. The … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Spring 1922 In Belfast

We have looked at the situation in Northern Ireland from a slightly more general perspective in the early months of 1922, with the new state struggling to define its relationship to the provisional government, and violence being a frequent result. … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Collins’ Northern Policy And The Clones Shootout

We have spent a good few entries recently discussing the larger geo-political/military situation in Ireland, between the furor around the Anglo-Irish Treaty and the growing split in the nationalist movement. While all of that was going on, the situation in … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Bloody Sunday (1921)

The events of this entry, and the events of the next, crossover rather directly with the culmination of the truce negotiations, which form an important backdrop to both. I will come to the truce in a few weeks, but felt … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: 1920 In Belfast

It is a somewhat curious thing that we have rarely touched on the city of Belfast, the second biggest urban centre on the island of Ireland, but odds are we will be discussing it a lot more as we continue … Continue reading

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