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Ireland’s Wars: Ballinalee

The opening days of November 1920 affords us the chance to look at a hither-to unexplored part of the Irish War of Independence. The midlands region of Ireland was one that remained relatively quiet throughout the war, but there was … 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 Ballinlough Ambush

As stated at the conclusion of the last entry, it would often have seemed that the Irish War of Independence was a conflict wherein the republican side, through the IRA, held all of the initiative. It was the IRA that … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: 21st August 1920

Nothing truly seismic, in the history of the Irish War of Independence or the history of Ireland, actually occurred on the 21st August 1920. The basic facts are that six members of the RIC were killed or wounded fatally, with … Continue reading

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