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Ireland’s Wars: De Valera In America

As already discussed, the international dimension was vital to the Irish War of Independence. The political heads of the Republic were smart enough to know that a complete military victory over Britain was unlikely to occur, and even if it … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Paris Peace Conference

I finished my coverage of Ireland in the First World War a while ago, with a look at what the “named” Irish units were doing on the day of the armistice, 11th November 1918. The fighting of the First World … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: 21st January 1919 – The First Dail

The commonly accepted start date for the Irish War of Independence is the 21st January 1919. It is this date because, purely by sheer coincidence, two completely separate events took place that proved momentous in forwarding the cause of Irish … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Irish Republican Army

Before we move onto the momentous events of 1919, we need to skip back a bit, and spend some time on the resurrection and reorganisation of the Irish Volunteers. In the immediate aftermath of the Easter Rising, the Volunteers were … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The 1918 Election

It is one of the most noted maxims on war, perhaps said most memorably by theorist Carl von Clausewitz, that military action should always be tied to political objectives, with political direction. Otherwise, it isn’t really war, it’s just mindless, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: German Plots

Ireland in April/May 1918 was an island in uproar. The threat of conscription loomed large, and had motivated a unified struggle from nationalist and other groups to oppose it, a struggle that was causing the Dublin administration and London government … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Conscription

As 1918 began, it was clear that something akin to a political earthquake was occurring in Ireland, thanks to the rise in popularity in Sinn Fein, both in terms of general membership and electoral victories. That year, with the Great … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Rise Of Sinn Fein

Even while it was still taking place, the Easter Rising was being dubbed “the Sinn Feiner Rebellion”, in reference to the political entity led by Arthur Griffith that was associated with nationalist thinking. This was, of course, an error: Sinn … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Boland’s Mill

We have already discussed the most significant rebel action of the Boland’s Mill operational area, but we must today look at that area as a whole. On Easter Monday it began by men of the 3rd battalion forcing the gates … Continue reading

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Revolutionary Remembrance: Our Great Men

For a time a while ago I worked in a civilian capacity for the Irish Defence Forces. Contract work with a fixed end date, when it was finally concluded, the staff I had worked with were kind and gracious enough … Continue reading

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