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Review: Other Actions Of 1919

The War of Independence was fought in a thousand places, in attacks, raids ambushes and blindsides, many of which were of a scale so small that they are not popularly remembered. In this series, I, of course, have erred on … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Ashtown Ambush

Having spent a few entries discussing events in the west and south of the country in 1919, we must not move briefly back to the capital, where things continued apace. The Dublin Brigade’s shadowy war against the DMP and G … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Sack Of Fermoy

The Irish War of Independence was beginning to heat up. While little remembered, the events in North Clare during August 1919 pointed to an escalation of the conflict in terms of reactions to IRA instituted violence. Only a month later, … Continue reading

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Ambush And Reprisal In Ennistymon

In the last entry we discussed a successful ambush undertaken by the IRA on a group of regular British servicemen and RIC, wherein the “Crown Forces” were all too easily accounted for. It was not always going to be so … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Rathclarin Ambush

So far in 1919 elements of the IRA had proven they were more than capable of dealing with both armed and unarmed police forces, whether it was G Division in Dublin or the RIC in rural areas. The consequences of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Revolutionary State

As previously stated, war is politics by other means. The IRA was fighting a war in 1919, against the RIC, the DMP and soon enough British Army regulars, but they were not doing so just for the sheer sake of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Squad

The popular remembrance of the Irish War of Independence is wrapped up tight around the conflict that was waged on the streets of Dublin, perceived as a cloak and dagger fight between two competing intelligence services, more akin to a … Continue reading

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