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Ireland’s Wars: The Spanish Armada

In 1588, England came close to a military disaster that was almost without equal. After decades of incidents, competition in the New World, piracy and religious clashes, Elizabeth’s realm found itself in a battle of survival with the Catholic Kingdom … 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 Second Desmond Rebellion Begins

In 1579, the Tudor administration seemed to be on the up throughout Ireland. Leinster had been largely pacified, the Pale secured, the Earldom of Ormond onside. Connacht was in the process of being pacified, the MacWilliam Burkes and other rebels … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The End Of Shane O’Neill

When we last left the story of Shane O’Neill, the Tyrone leader had just won a rather large diplomatic victory, having faced down English armies before facing down the English monarch directly. Returning home after his momentous meeting with Elizabeth, … 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: Shane O’Neill And Red Sagums

Ulster was ever a thorn in the side of the Tudors. Leinster was the easiest province to bring under sway, Munster the next. Connaught remained wild and untamed, but so divided that it lacked credibility as a serious threat to … Continue reading

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The Royal Visit: How I Ended Up In A COIN Campaign

It was while I was in the middle of a three and a half hour journey home from work, because of Dublin Bus, Luas and Irish Rail alterations due to the Queen’s visit, that I began to get a little … Continue reading

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NFBs Decisive Battles Of The World: Gravelines

Something a bit closer to home this time with some of the most famous figures of the period. Name: The (naval) Battle of Gravelines The War: The Anglo-Spanish War When: 8 August 1588 Where: The English Channel near the port of Gravelines, … Continue reading

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