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Ireland’s Wars: The Gaelic Revival And The IRB

In this series, I make it a point to prioritize military affairs when it comes to Irish history, but battles and armies and generals don’t exist in a vacuum. They are a product of their cultural, social and political environments, and … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Fenian Ram

The submarine isn’t quite as mysterious today as it was when it first began to make headlines. But, rest assured, when these underwater predators first began to make appearances in warfare, they had as big an impact on thinking as … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Dynamite Campaign

While the Fenian Brotherhood in American was on its last legs, Clan na Gael and other, slightly less outwardly violent, organisations were active and planning for resistance to British rule in Ireland. One of the men at the heart of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Phoenix Park Murders

The IRB , like so many similar organisations before them and after them, were no strangers to internal factionalisation. It is, perhaps, only natural for an entity obsessed with secrecy and the independent operation of separate cells to develop separate, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: A New Departure

Having spent a great deal of time recently in America discussing the actions of Irish nationalist movements and organisations there, the time has come to swing back to the other side of the Atlantic, to have a look at affairs … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Catalpa Rescue

We’ve spent the last while looking at the Fenian Raids on Canada, which proved to be the highpoint of the American Fenian Brotherhood. In the aftermath of the last, pitiable, effort in 1871 – not officially a Fenian Raid, but … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Last Raid On Canada

The origins of the last raid on Canada – it cannot accurately be called a “Fenian raid”, though it mostly involved Fenians of course – lie in the so-called “Red River rebellion”, which I briefly covered in the last entry. … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Eccles Hill And Trout River

In the years after 1866 and the raids on Canada that had led to Ridgeway, Fort Erie and Pigeon Hill, the Fenian Brotherhood spent an awful lot of time talking and not a lot of time actually doing anything. Captured … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Pigeon Hill Raid

With the end of operations in the west, the attention turned back to the east. The original plan for the Fenian Raids, as envisioned by T.W. Sweeney, was for multiple attacks at different points on the border, as part of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Fort Erie

The Fenians under John O’Neill had won a victory at Ridgeway, sending the first column of militia they had come up against reeling backwards. But even as they were enjoying that success, additional threats were moving in, in the form … Continue reading

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