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Ireland’s Wars: The Economic War

Even while his government was dealing with the more political aspects of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in terms of tearing them down, and establishing its relationship with the IRA, de Valera was involved in a showdown with the United Kingdom that … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Boundary Commission

It may not fall under the category of a “war” persay, but it would be churlish to claim that the issue of the Boundary Commission did not have any inter-relation with the strategic position of both the Irish Free State … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Final Thoughts On The Irish Revolutionary Period

In the course of the last 150+ entries (studies of Irish history tend to be top heavy with study of this period, and now I understand why), we have covered what is dubbed the “Irish revolutionary period”, that section of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Britain And The United States In The Irish Civil War

It is generally recognised nowadays that Great Britain got more of what they wanted from the Anglo-Irish Treaty than the Irtish representatives did. In it was an essential recognition of partition, the inclusion of the Irish Free State inside the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Battle For Dublin

The forces of the provisional government had eliminated the Four Courts garrison as a threat, even if it had taken far longer than they had hoped. In so doing, they would surely have hoped that Dublin would be secured, and … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Henry Wilson And The Final Descent

After the election of the 16th June, things were up in the air in terms of Ireland’s politics and the prospect of civil war, but in many respects it must have seemed less likely than ever. Politically, the anti-Treaty side … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: British Pressure, A Second Split And The 1922 Election

In the month of June, the final confluence leading to the start of the Irish Civil War began. Looking back from a century removed it might seem like a somewhat strange and sudden deterioration: after all, at the start of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Pettigo And Belleek

The area in question was what was known as the “Belleek and Pettigo Triangle” or the rather more martial “Belleek and Pettigo Salient” if you prefer: a roughly 24km in length section of the Donegal/Fermanagh border near Lough Erne that … 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: The Bandon Valley Killings

On a few occasions over the course of my “coverage” of the Irish War of Independence I have touched on the topic of sectarian killings as part of that conflict. For the most part, when discussing this subject I have … Continue reading

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