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Ireland’s Wars: Marlborough At Kinsale

John Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough, had, with the help of the Duke of Württemberg, brought Cork City to heel. But, with the campaign season rapidly approaching its end, he still had one more target he needed to hit. With … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Tory Struggle

Galway had fallen, and with it much of the conventional resistance of the Royalist side in the wars of the era had come to an end as well. The Royalist faction still held territory as a conventional government, mostly in … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Fall Of Galway

The fall of Limerick was a death knell for the Royalists in Ireland, but the war was not over yet. The former Confederates and Royalists still maintained a military and a basic civic structure, but it was now confined almost … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Ireton’s New Plan And The Fall Of Athlone

1651 came, the weather cleared, but nothing happened. Everyone must have known that another Parliamentarian assault on the Shannon defensive line, led by Henry Ireton, was an inevitability, to make up for his failed effort the first time around. But … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: A Leadership Change, Foreign Negotiations And Aims For The New Year

With Meelick Island and the end of Ireton’s Autumn Offensive, military operations, for the rest of 1650 anyway, largely came to a halt. You’d still have your minor raids and Tory campaigns (for and against) but with the weather turning … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Meelick Island

Henry Ireton’s first major coordinated offensive against the Shannon defensive line of the Irish Royalists was over before the end of October, the Parliamentarian commander slinking back into the depths of Munster, there to house his troops and horses in … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Ireton’s Autumn Offensive

By the 12th of August, Henry Ireton had completed his operation in the Waterford area, having captured both the city and the nearby fort of Duncannon, with hardly any loss. Across the country, the Royalist faction was seething with revolt … Continue reading

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