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Review: Apollo 11

Apollo 11 Trailer There were a few things going through my head when I sat down to take in Todd Douglas Miller’s documentary that has been wowing film critics left and right in the last few weeks. The first was … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: 21st January 1919 – The First Dail

The commonly accepted start date for the Irish War of Independence is the 21st January 1919. It is this date because, purely by sheer coincidence, two completely separate events took place that proved momentous in forwarding the cause of Irish … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Irish Republican Army

Before we move onto the momentous events of 1919, we need to skip back a bit, and spend some time on the resurrection and reorganisation of the Irish Volunteers. In the immediate aftermath of the Easter Rising, the Volunteers were … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The 1918 Election

It is one of the most noted maxims on war, perhaps said most memorably by theorist Carl von Clausewitz, that military action should always be tied to political objectives, with political direction. Otherwise, it isn’t really war, it’s just mindless, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: German Plots

Ireland in April/May 1918 was an island in uproar. The threat of conscription loomed large, and had motivated a unified struggle from nationalist and other groups to oppose it, a struggle that was causing the Dublin administration and London government … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Rise Of Sinn Fein

Even while it was still taking place, the Easter Rising was being dubbed “the Sinn Feiner Rebellion”, in reference to the political entity led by Arthur Griffith that was associated with nationalist thinking. This was, of course, an error: Sinn … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Frongoch

It is time that we begin to turn our attention to the complex and thorny issue of what we know as the Irish War of Independence. Even that very title is complicated, since such monikers are typically given to conflicts … Continue reading

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