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Ireland’s Wars: Fascism In Ireland

Fascism can be generally defined as a far-right political ideology with traits of hard-line nationalism, authoritarian government, the forceful suppression of dissent, the embracing of warfare as a key part of international policy and a strict control over society and … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The 1932 Election

The five years after the 1927 elections were not especially happy ones for Cumann na nGaedheal. With Fianna Fail now taking their seats in the Dail, the pro-Treaty party of government had a substantial opposition to deal with for the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Boundary Commission

It may not fall under the category of a “war” persay, but it would be churlish to claim that the issue of the Boundary Commission did not have any inter-relation with the strategic position of both the Irish Free State … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Army Mutiny

The Irish revolutionary period was a time that was dominated by military men and military organisations. Whether it was people like Padraig Pearse who held an idealised view of what a uniform represented, whether it was men like Michael Collins … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: 1923 After The Civil War

The Irish Civil War is traditionally taken as ending on the 24th May 1923 when the new IRA Chief Of Staff Frank Aiken issued orders for the IRA is stop their operations. The republicans did not fully admit that they … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Civil War In Northern Ireland

It has long been the case that the north of Ireland received a disproportionately little amount of attention in terms of historical study of the Irish revolutionary period. This seems especially strange in the context of the War of Independence, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Execution Policy

When it comes to the Irish Civil War, there is little more evocative in the popular memory than the provisional government’s formal policy of enacting executions of captured republicans. We have discussed the course of the conventional war, the death … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Peace Moves In 1922

From the moment that the Irish Civil War started, there were men and women trying to get it to stop. Their motivations varied from person to person and background to background: there were politicians who despised the use of physical … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Revolutionary State

As previously stated, war is politics by other means. The IRA was fighting a war in 1919, against the RIC, the DMP and soon enough British Army regulars, but they were not doing so just for the sheer sake of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: South Dublin Union

The western-most fighting within Dublin would belong to the 4th battalion of the Irish Volunteers, and most of that fighting would be done in a large complex called the South Dublin Union, located to the south-west at the city centre, near Kingsbridge … Continue reading

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