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Ireland’s Wars: Clonmel

Kilkenny had fallen, and the Parliamentarians were rampant. Cromwell had been victorious nearly everywhere, and had the Royalist establishment in Ireland on its knees. His New Model Army had reformed into a more single cohesive force that had no match … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Siege Of Kilkenny

March 1650, and the city of Kilkenny was increasingly surrounded. The heart of the Confederate movement since the foundation of that entity, it was now just another beleaguered Royalist stronghold, waiting for the Parliamentarian hammer to fall. The Kilkenny area, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Fall Of Ulster And O’Neill

While Cromwell and the majority of the New Model Army was busy trying to subjugate the south-east of the country, and doing a pretty good job of it by the middle of October, the rest of the Parliamentarian force was … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Parliament On The Rise, Royalists In Retreat

1647 dawned in Ireland. The island had seen five years and two months of warfare, with bitter defeat mixed with glorious triumph. The coming months would see little all out warfare, a sort of calm before the greater storm in … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Inverlochy And The Irish

In mid-September the army of James Graham, the Marquis of Montrose, was all triumphant in Scotland, having won two great and unexpected victories over its Covenanter foes. It had done so through effective use of the troops at its disposal, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Siege of Duncannon (1645)

In 1587, the “Armada alarm” was sweeping across England and Ireland. The fear that ships of Philip II were about to land at any point along the coastline of Elizabeth I’s Kingdom was very real and led to degree of … Continue reading

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