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Ireland’s Wars: The Proclamation Of The Irish Republic As A Military Document

We will launch into the Easter Rising properly next week, but today I wanted to spend some time on the iconic document that is inherently tied to the event, and to Irish identity: the Proclamation of the Irish Republic. Often … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Voyage Of The Aud

When Imperial Germany decided to send aid to those factions within Ireland preparing for a rebellion against British rule, they did not do so with any great enthusiasm or gung-ho attitude. The guns sent were less than what was requested, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Volunteer Schism

Whatever semblance of a plan the military council had come up with was made, and Germany was sending arms, albeit not in the quantity the IRB wanted. As winter turned to Spring in 1916, the rebellion grew ever more likely … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Casement’s Irish Legion

Roger Casement and Joseph Plunkett were both in Germany seeking support from Wilhelm II’s government for an uprising in Ireland. But while Plunkett’s main focus would be on gaining material support in the form of guns, a goal eventually that he would partially succeed in attaining, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Casement And Plunkett In Germany

Irish nationalist revolutionaries have consistently sought outside support in their endeavours, recognising that having a major European, or even world, power is a practical necessity when trying to fight an opponent with the size and reach of England, and later … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Some Last Words On The First World War

Having spent thirty entries on the First World War, offering an outline of the Irish experience of the conflict and a basic look at the course of the war in general, at least on the western, Salonika and Middle-Eastern fronts, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: 11th November 1918

Long before the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the Central Powers knew that the First World War was essentially over. Bulgaria had bowed out at the end of September, the Ottoman’s at the end of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Breaking The Hindenburg Line

By the end of September 1918, the Allies’ success in the first two thirds of the Hundred Days meant that they were knocking on the door of the Hindenburg Line, that series of defensive trenches that the Germans had constructed … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The 69th On The Western Front

The last stage of the war, following the end of the Spring Offensive and the beginning of the Hundred Days, was, looking at it from a distance, a time of unrelenting Allied gains and success, as their combined armies seemed … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Hundred Days

On the 8th August 1918, a combined assault of British, Australian, Canadian, American and French troops smashed into the German lines near Amiens, doing so without a major artillery bombardment beforehand, but relying instead on the support of over 500 … Continue reading

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