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Ireland’s Wars: Loos

In the aftermath of the failed offensives of earlier in 1915, and as thousands of Allied troops were fighting and dying in the futile Gallipoli effort, the British and French armies made one more attempt to force a breakthrough on … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Second Ypres, Second Artois

For the BEF and the Irish regiments, the winter of 1914/15 was a miserable enough time. First Ypres had been a grinder: nearly 75% of the overall force were casualties. The famous truce passed quickly, and was only observed in … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: To The Trenches

The Battle of the Marne, known also as the “miracle of the Marne”, took place between 6th and 10th September 1914. The battle is primarily known as a French and German one in popular remembrance, the clash of arms wherein … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Mons

The early days of the war in Europe, for the men of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) anyway, were a helter-skelter affair of rapid mobilisation, a boat ride across the Irish Sea or English Channel and a march through the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Curragh Mutiny

Coming out of the wave of volunteering in 1912 and 1913, and then the unrest of the Lockout, 1914 was earmarked as a momentous year in Irish history. Under the new rules governing what the House of Lords could and … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Ballinamuck

Not counting a small amount of unnumbered supplementary entries I wrote out to fill in a few gaps, this is the 200th edition of Ireland’s Wars. We’ve come a long way, and still have Robert Emmet, Young Irelanders, Fenians, World … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Year Of The French

With the serious fighting finished, or so it seemed, Cornwallis set about the task of administering the aftermath. And there was much to do. One of his first acts was a general writ of pardon for low-level rebels in entire … Continue reading

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