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Ireland’s Wars: The Rathclarin Ambush

So far in 1919 elements of the IRA had proven they were more than capable of dealing with both armed and unarmed police forces, whether it was G Division in Dublin or the RIC in rural areas. The consequences of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: 21st January 1919 – Soloheadbeg

The military side of the Irish War of Independence is commonly considered to begin with, in the grand scale of things, a relatively small ambush in the countryside of County Tipperary, on the same day that Dail Eireann met for … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: A Summary Of The Easter Rising

Throughout the course of my writings on the Easter Rising, I have attempted to look at things through two viewpoints, and I think I will approach this summary in the same vein. Considering the actions of the Volunteers and the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Executions And The Changed Rising

One week after it had started, in Dublin and in the rest of the country, the Easter Rising was over. From a military perspective, it had ended in complete victory for the British: what rebel forces that had taken the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Rising In Ulster

It is fair to say that the northern nine counties of Ireland frequently get a raw deal when it comes to the remembrance of the Irish revolutionary period, to the extent that you may be forgiven for thinking that nothing … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Rising In Leinster

Since the Easter Rising was such a Dublin-centric event, it would stand to reason that the province of Ireland with the most rebel activity outside of the capital would be the larger Leinster region. There were plenty of targets that … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The 5th Battalion And Ashbourne

The Easter Rising was a national event, but before we look to the country at large, we must first look at the events that took place within County Dublin, but outside of the city, centring on the experience of the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Moore Street And Surrender

As Friday began, and the fifth day of fighting in the centre of Dublin commenced, it was clear that the GPO was in serious peril. British artillery was demolishing the building piece by piece, and every time the brave Volunteers-turned-firefighters … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Sackville Street

When it came to the headquarters of the Irish Republic, the military council did not look far beyond Liberty Hall. Sackville Street was then, as now with its modern day O’Connell Street moniker, one of the main thoroughfares of Dublin … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: South Dublin Union

The western-most fighting within Dublin would belong to the 4th battalion of the Irish Volunteers, and most of that fighting would be done in a large complex called the South Dublin Union, located to the south-west at the city centre, near Kingsbridge … Continue reading

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