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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: 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 Rineen Ambush

While perhaps not as active in the War of Independence as some other parts or Munster, the IRA Brigades based in Clare – West, Mid and East – had played a role, as had the county in general. Some of … 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: The Holywell Ambush

The War of Independence saw its most active areas in Munster and Dublin, not counting the bloodshed in Belfast. Of course there was military activity throughout the rest of the country, but nearly always to a much smaller scale, with … Continue reading

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Ambush And Reprisal In Ennistymon

In the last entry we discussed a successful ambush undertaken by the IRA on a group of regular British servicemen and RIC, wherein the “Crown Forces” were all too easily accounted for. It was not always going to be so … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Curragh Mutiny

Coming out of the wave of volunteering in 1912 and 1913, and then the unrest of the Lockout, 1914 was earmarked as a momentous year in Irish history. Under the new rules governing what the House of Lords could and … Continue reading

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