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Ireland’s Wars: The Sack Of Wexford

Cromwell did not spend long in Drogheda after its sack, content to leave a small garrison to secure it while he moved on. The news of Drogheda, mixed with a healthy dose of rumour and misinformation, was spreading far and … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Inchiquin’s Advance And The Sack Of Cashel

As the autumn of 1647 continued in Ireland, it was clear that the defeat of the Leinster Army at Dungan’s Hill had thrown the Confederates into turmoil. The whole of Leinster suddenly seemed open to a Parliamentarian attack, and even … 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: Rinuccini, Glamorgan And Coote In Sligo

In order to understand the next phase of the Irish Confederate Wars, and the way that the war in Ireland could alter the way things were going in England, we need briefly discuss some of the foreign powers that were … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Irish And The “Annus Mirabilis”

While things were heating back up in Ireland, the war in Scotland, with Montrose’s Irish contingent in the thick of things, was continuing. The year of victories had only barely begun. The days, weeks and months after Inverlochy were the … 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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Ireland’s Wars: The Ulster Expedition Of 1644

As Monro was consolidating the power of his Covenanter army in the north, seizing Belfast and being appointed supreme commander of all Parliament forces in Ireland, the Confederate government was considering its next military move. Since the signing of the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Fermoy Ford

The war was going poorly on most fronts for the Irish Confederates. While Galway had been secured, the armies in Leinster and Ulster had been defeated, with the northern province largely abandoned by the rebels in the face of a … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Charlemont, Clones And Portlester

In this new phase of the Confederate War, we’ve looked at how the conflict was progressing in Leinster and Connacht. Today, we’ll turn back northwards and discuss how things were going in Ulster, the original heartland of the rebellion, and … Continue reading

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Ireland’s War’s: New Ross (1643)

Spring 1643 was when the war in Ireland really came back to life. We’ve already looked at the operations around Galway which stretched into that summer, but now we’re going to skip back to March to discuss the next major … Continue reading

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