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Ireland’s Wars: 1923 In Kerry

The Irish Civil War, in 1923, was drawing to a close. The IRA’s ability to maintain its guerrilla struggle was being suppressed all over the country, and only in a few select areas could it be said that it was … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Civil War In 1923

When 1923 dawned, the newly born Irish Free State could look forward with increased optimism. They had control over the vast majority of the country, and had the allegiance, given freely or coerced, of the majority of the population. The … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Tom Barry’s Anti-Treaty Days

I mentioned in the last entry that the anti-Treaty side was one with a surfeit of badly needed personalities. This may seem like a tawdry thing to say, but it is a fact that guerrilla struggles, perhaps more than any … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Civil War On The Railways

As discussed, by the end of 1922 the anti-Treaty war effort was in a dire state. The IRA’s weaknesses were becoming manifest, and the strengths of their pro-Treaty opponents also. The opportunities for the republicans to strike effectively at the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Execution Policy

When it comes to the Irish Civil War, there is little more evocative in the popular memory than the provisional government’s formal policy of enacting executions of captured republicans. We have discussed the course of the conventional war, the death … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Lawlor’s Sweep

Having discussed the wider picture of the National Army’s counter-insurgency campaign in the final months of 1922, in this entry I want to take a look at a specific example of what that campaign attempted, and what it was capable … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The National Army’s COIN Campaign

Having taken a few entries to look at the bounce back of the IRA in the aftermath of the conventional Civil War, today I wanted to spend some time discussing the manner in which the pro-Treaty side began to absorb … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Pikes Bridge

The period between the end of August up to November was a time where the balance of the war had vacillated between the two sides. The National Army maintained a nominal control, the provisional government got its legislature in being … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Peace Moves In 1922

From the moment that the Irish Civil War started, there were men and women trying to get it to stop. Their motivations varied from person to person and background to background: there were politicians who despised the use of physical … Continue reading

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The Anti-Treaty Offensive In The West

Long before the conventional Civil War was brought to a successful conclusion for the pro-Treaty side in the south of the country, a conflict with a more guerrilla flavour was being fought in the west. The National Army, on the … Continue reading

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