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Ireland’s Wars: George Carew And The End In Munster

As 1600 dawned in Ireland, things were looking good for the confederation of rebel Irish that Hugh O’Neill had been able to form. Ulster was secure, the English forces were taking a beating on nearly all fronts, Elizabeth’s treasury was being … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Munster Rises For Hugh O’Neill

The victory at the Yellow Ford had radically altered the strategic situation in Ireland. In the aftermath, with the northern confederation separating and returning home while the Pale waited with baited breath for a possible attack on its borders, both sides … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Smerwick And The End Of The Desmond Rebellion

It was the Autumn of 1580, and one could be forgiven for wondering just how things were going to work out in Desmond. The area had been in revolt for some time now, the Geraldines of Munster facing off against … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The First Desmond Rebellion

In 1567, Henry Sidney, the Lord Deputy of Ireland, embarked on a tour of Munster and Connaught, seeking a lay of the land in order to have a better knowledge of his position in the country. What he found startled … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Desmond And Ormond At Affane

We break from the saga of Shane O’Neill in the north to take a look at happenings further south around the same time, that were no less important in determining Ireland’s fate under the Tudors. Desmond and Ormond were the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Roses At Piltown

In the last entry I discussed the role Ireland played as a supply base and a place of refuge for the English nobles fighting in the “Wars of the Roses”. This time, I’ll discuss the (apparent) lone full scale battle … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The House Of Lancaster In Power

Henry IV had bigger things on his mind then his western colony, and was more noted for campaigns against others then military activities in Ireland. His reign, and the reign of his son, saw the continuation of the fighting in … Continue reading

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