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Ireland’s Wars: A Summary Of The Eleven Year Wars

My coverage of the wars of the mid-16th century has come to an end, but I still want to bookend things with a post similar to this one, before I move on to anything else. Before I get into anything … 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: The Siege Of Charlemont

This is actually my 50th entry at what can generally be called the “Eleven Years War” (it’s the best catch all title really). I started out on it on April 3rd last year and am still plugging away now. Hopefully … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Rathmines

Welcome to the 100th edition of Ireland’s Wars. I started writing this series over two years ago, with little idea of how long it would take or even if it would ever be completed. The goal was to make an … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Five Factions In 1648

1647 had been a year of cascading disasters for the Confederation of Kilkenny. Following the failed Siege of Dublin, the political divides within the Supreme Council had led to the faltering of the war effort, until both the Leinster and … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Knocknanuss

1647 was wearing on, and the Confederate position in the south and east looked ever as fragile as ever. For the moment, the Parliamentarians in Dublin looked bottled up, thanks to Owen Roe O’Neill’s army. But the activities of Murrough … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Dungan’s Hill

The height of summer, 1647, saw the Leinster Army under Thomas Preston, one of the key fighting forces of the Confederation of Kilkenny, poised awkwardly in County Carlow, prepared for a march on Dublin but critically delayed by political infighting … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Dublin Campaign of 1646

Rinuccini, whose presence had so altered the dynamics of the Confederation of Kilkenny, now stood as its undisputed master. Having bankrolled the success of Owen Roe O’Neill up to and after his stunning victory at Benburb and having managed to … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Bunratty And Roscommon

While Owen Roe O’Neill was winning one of the greatest Irish victories over British opposition in history, the Confederation of Kilkenny was also fighting elsewhere, campaigns against Inchiquin in Munster and Coote in Sligo. Rinuccini, when drawing his plans in … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Benburb

What we call the Irish Confederate Wars were in their fifth year, which is all the more surprising given that the Confederates were yet to really land a really significant victory in the course of the war. When it came … Continue reading

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