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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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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: The Handover And Convention Crises

The board was already set for the Civil War after the passing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, with the entire movement split to varying degrees. Now, in the Spring of 1922, both sides jostled for favourable position on that board, ahead … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Treaty Debates From A Military Perspective

The road to the Irish Civil War pivots around a period of roughly three-and-a-half weeks from mid December to early January 1921, when the Anglo-Irish Treaty was debated in the Dail, and a final decision arrived at on it from … Continue reading

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