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Ireland’s Wars: On The Road To 1916

So. The Irish revolutionary period. It is fair to say that the years between 1913 and 1923 are the most famous, well-written about and analysed portions of Irish history, most especially the iconic year of 1916. I cannot claim to … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Battle Of Kinsale

A note on dates: The English actually kept a slightly different calendar to the Spanish and Catholic Irish, for largely religious reasons. As such, I beg a little leeway if some dates seem a bit off kilter. The Battle of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: O’Neill’s Declaration And Clontibret

In the aftermath of the victory outside Enniskillen, the combined forces of Hugh Roe O’Donnell and Hugh Maguire swept through northern Connacht, laying waste to all English settlements that they could find, enacting a slaughter that even pro-Irish sources are … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Bantry Bay

In this series we may have become accustomed to dealing with land based combat between Irish and English (or English backed) armies. But today we’re going to swing away from that, to the other side of the country from where … Continue reading

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World Cup 2014: Matchday Thirteen (Group D, C)

Italy 0 – 1 Uruguay A bad tempered and tense encounter between two of the bigger names in international football, that casts a rather dour pale over much of the tournament. It was a game of bad tackles, diving, whinging … Continue reading

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World Cup 2014: Matchday Eight (Group C, D)

Columbia 2 – 1 Cote d’Ivoire A more open and entertaining game than I was expecting, given that both teams won their opening encounter and could have subsisted with a point. Columbia at the very least were not interested in … Continue reading

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World Cup 2014: Matchday Three (Group C, D)

Columbia 3 – 0 Greece The Greeks came into this game with such an immense reputation for defensive football, an ethos they have consistently relied on since their surprise Euro 2004 win. But it only took a few minutes for … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: A Summary Of The Nine Years War

The Nine Years War was a brutal contest, and I hope that I have done something to make that clear in the mind of the reader. Such a long and drawn out affair requires some reflection and more elaborated final … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Essex’s Munster Campaign

I mentioned last week that the internal court politics of Elizabeth I reign had enough intrigue and conflict related to Ireland to fill up their own entry, but only a brief summation is required to set up what occurred in Ireland throughout … Continue reading

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Euro 2012: Rankings, Awards And The Last Word

As with the last World Cup, I’d like to offer a final review of Euro 2012, rankings the teams via my own system, before giving out my own awards and final thoughts. My ranking system see’s places 16-9 sorted by … Continue reading

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