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Ireland’s Wars: Devastation And Surrenders

The conventional war in Ireland was essentially over, the days of sieges and battles now done with. But still the fighting had continued past the fall of Galway, with the various bands of Tories, in some cases reaching immense sizes, … 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: The War In Galway

We’ve looked at Leinster, Ulster and Munster in the course of the first year of the Confederate Wars. But we haven’t really looked across the Shannon to Connacht. The reasons are many. Connacht was no stranger to the general tumult … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Battle Of Shrule And Edward Fitton In Connacht

We’ve covered Leinster, Ulster and Munster in this general period. What about Connacht? Connacht was the frontier for the English position in Ireland, with much of the territory under English control – centred mainly around the towns of Galway and … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Knockdoe, The All-Ireland Battle

It is a “thing” in historical writing to often refer to noble individuals by the geographical part of their title, e.g., the Duke of Clarence is often just called “Clarence” (even though his name was George). I tend to switch … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The De Burgh Fracture

Life continued in Ireland, but the balance of power was changing. The Irish were in resurgence, having adopted new military techniques, strategy, equipment. The Kingdoms in Munster, large parts of Connaught and Ulster were either unaffected by Anglo-Norman encroachment or … Continue reading

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