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Ireland’s Wars: The Anti-Treaty Offensive In Cork

For the anti-Treaty side that was embarking on the continuation of the Civil War that the guerrilla phase represented, many hopes would have rested on Cork. It was a county that had seen arguably the highest concentration of anti-Treaty Volunteers, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Cork’s Fall And The End Of The Conventional Civil War

The conventional Civil War was drawing to a close in August 1922. The anti-Treaty IRA had been defeated or forced to withdraw in every corner of the country. The Munster Republic had been invaded at every point of its frontier, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Bandon Valley Killings

On a few occasions over the course of my “coverage” of the Irish War of Independence I have touched on the topic of sectarian killings as part of that conflict. For the most part, when discussing this subject I have … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Other Actions In 1921

Before we move on finally from the Irish War of Independence, it is apropos that, as I did for 1919 and 1920, we take an entry to cast an eye on some of the other, smaller, operations and events that … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Black Whitsun And The 1921 Elections

Throughout a large portion of the Irish War of Independence, the chosen political solution of the Lloyd George administration in London, was the Government of Ireland Act, which completed a torturous run through the legislature throughout 1920, and was ready … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Crossbarry

The War of Independence was a conflict of of small-scale engagements, that frequently amounted to only a few people on either side. Even the larger ambushes tended to perhaps involve a couple of dozen men at most. Geographically they were … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Clonbanin Ambush And New Structures

The War of Independence saw its fiercest battlegrounds in Munster, and the situation in that province proved deadly most other days during 1921. In early March another major ambush, the latest in a long line of major ambushes, took place … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Mrs Lindsay And Cork’s Informant War

The Irish War of Independence was, at its beating heart, an ugly affair. All wars are, in their own way, but there is something especially brutal about the kind of asymmetric war that the years 1919-1921 saw in Ireland: they … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Burning Of Cork

Throughout the course of our “coverage” of the Irish War of Independence we have discussed reprisals by Crown Forces in the aftermath of IRA attacks. In the first two years of the war these reprisals took on many forms: the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Kilmichael

I feel that it behooves me, at the start of this entry, to give a friendly word of warning. The topic of Kilmichael and what occurred there on the 28th November 1920 might be the most debated engagement of the … Continue reading

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