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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 Restoration Coups

So ends the bloody business of the day. -Homer Richard Cromwell had a short honeymoon period upon taking up the office of Lord Protector, with his brother Henry remaining in his position of power in Ireland as well, seemingly a … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Protectorate And Resistance

The war was considered over, by the most of the players and by modern historians, but the fighting continued past 1653 and through the reign of the British Commonwealth, that varied succession of governments and Parliaments that ruled in the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Tory Struggle

Galway had fallen, and with it much of the conventional resistance of the Royalist side in the wars of the era had come to an end as well. The Royalist faction still held territory as a conventional government, mostly in … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Bishops Coup

This entry will be fairly “action-light” in terms of actual military activity. I always try and focus on that primarily, but you can’t separate war from politics. Clausewitz had it right, it’s not mindless violence. It has people directing it, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Scarrifholis

Having spent the last few entries discussing matters in the south and south-east of Ireland, it’s time to head back north. The Parliamentarian conquest of Ulster had been quick, efficient and brutal. The disparate opposing forces, ranging from remnants of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Clonmel

Kilkenny had fallen, and the Parliamentarians were rampant. Cromwell had been victorious nearly everywhere, and had the Royalist establishment in Ireland on its knees. His New Model Army had reformed into a more single cohesive force that had no match … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Siege Of Kilkenny

March 1650, and the city of Kilkenny was increasingly surrounded. The heart of the Confederate movement since the foundation of that entity, it was now just another beleaguered Royalist stronghold, waiting for the Parliamentarian hammer to fall. The Kilkenny area, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Cromwell’s Winter Offensive

Cromwell’s coordinated offensive, which has become known as his “Winter Offensive”, caught the Royalists completely by surprise. While the winter had been a little bit milder than usual, Ormonde and his lieutenants were in no way expecting any kind of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: War Aims And Plans In 1650

I feel that it would be helpful, at this point, to pause just for a moment and take stock of the situation, in both Ireland and in the larger British Isles, as 1649 drew to a close and 1650 dawned, … Continue reading

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