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Ireland’s Wars: The Rising In Connacht

The western most province in Ireland had somewhat of a part to play in the plans of the military committee, even if, with the benefit of hindsight, we can see that they were mostly fantasy. At times Pearse and the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Four Fronts From 1595 To 1597

As 1595 wound down and 1596 began, the Nine Years War continued in its haphazard manner, still yet to evolve into the all or nothing struggle it was later to be defined as. In truth, around this period, the Nine … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Connacht Wars

Henry III was just a child when he became the ruler of England in 1216 and, as we might remember from my previous entry on Richard II, “woe to the land where a boy is King”. But young Henry, who … 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: The Four Fronts From 1595 To 1597

As 1595 wound down and 1596 began, the Nine Years War continued in its haphazard manner, still yet to evolve into the all or nothing struggle it was later to be defined as. In truth, around this period, the Nine … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Richard Bingham At Ardnaree

Lets’ turn back to Connacht for a little bit. Since the days of Edward Fitton, Connacht had been restless, if not largely peaceful. Many of the clans and native Irish on the western side of the Shannon would have had … 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: 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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