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Ireland’s Wars: The IRA “Northern Campaign”

It is fair to say that, by 1942 anyway, the IRA were running out of road in Ireland. The organisation was shattered, losing Volunteers, officers and leaders at a frightful rate, whether it was by arrest and detention, or just … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: German Bombing Of Ireland

In our last entry, we discussed the terrible consequences of the German decision to extend their bombing campaign of the United Kingdom to Belfast. The destruction meted out there would remain long in the memory, serving as a potent reminder … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The S-Plan

The coming of the Second World War was, obviously, viewed as an enormous opportunity by the IRA. Their named enemy was now in what could only be described as an existential conflict with an enormously powerful foe, and the opportunity … Continue reading

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

In the aftermath of the fall of Cork, the anti-Treaty IRA was left at a crossroads. There were certainly many voices within the faction that thought the war was no longer worth fighting, and it would be better to try … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Plot To Isolate Dublin

The Irish Civil War was progressing apace in Munster, where the anti-Treaty position was nearing its final end, at least in the conventional sense. The pro-Treaty military was proving itself victorious on just about every front. But while that was … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Battle For Dublin

The forces of the provisional government had eliminated the Four Courts garrison as a threat, even if it had taken far longer than they had hoped. In so doing, they would surely have hoped that Dublin would be secured, and … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Assault On The Four Courts

Whatever about the question on when we should exactly date the beginning of the Irish Civil War, the generally accepted time and date is the early hours of the 28th June 1922, when the anti-Treaty garrison holding the Four Courts … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Henry Wilson And The Final Descent

After the election of the 16th June, things were up in the air in terms of Ireland’s politics and the prospect of civil war, but in many respects it must have seemed less likely than ever. Politically, the anti-Treaty side … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Flashpoints And The Four Courts Seizure

While supplementary entries have put us past the point a while ago, this is the 400th numbered entry of Ireland’s Wars. We’re getting there, and who knows where we will be come #500 (hopefully at the Emergency at least, or … 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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