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Ireland’s Wars: Flashpoints And The Four Courts Seizure

While supplementary entries have put us past the point a while ago, this is the 400th numbered entry of Ireland’s Wars. We’re getting there, and who knows where we will be come #500 (hopefully at the Emergency at least, or … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Other Actions In 1921

Before we move on finally from the Irish War of Independence, it is apropos that, as I did for 1919 and 1920, we take an entry to cast an eye on some of the other, smaller, operations and events that … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Monreal And Nine Mile House

When you look into the history of the Irish War of Independence, you are often dependent on limited sources for certain actions. Ambushes had only a certain amount of participants on either side, and both were caught up in a … 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 Sack Of Balbriggan And Kevin Barry

For the first time in a while we must now turn back to the Irish capital. Soon enough I hope I will get the chance to talk about what the Dublin Brigade and Collins’ “Squad” had been up to in … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: 1920 In Derry

It has been a while since we have looked at the city of Derry (or Londonderry if it means all that much to you) in the context of Irish military history. In that respect, the city is mostly synonymous with … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Flying Columns

The popular memory of the Irish War of Independence, at least if you happen to be Irish, often revolves around the image of the IRA “flying column”. For a large number of people, those two words indicates a very particular … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Hunger Strikes

Hunger striking can be generally defined as the act of refusing food and other nutrients as a form of political protest, usually undertaken by prisoners or anti-government activists as a means of attempting to force some manner of policy change. … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Timoleague And Mount Pleasant

Over the past number of entries, we have discussed a range of ambushes and barracks attacks undertaken by the IRA, all of which gained some measure of success. But this is not fully representative of the Irish War of Independence, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: British Reactions In 1919

Thus far, we have really only talked about the British side of the Irish War of Independence in a distant manner, discussing them merely as a target for the IRA and as the enemy of “the Republic”. In this entry, … Continue reading

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