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Ireland’s Wars: Mellifont

The Nine Years War had reached its ninth year. The winter of 1602/03 had been a bitter one for the population of Ulster, and Ireland in general, who struggled to survive amidst the scourge of a famine, the weather and … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Final Campaigns Of The Nine Years War

Having seen the last of the Nine Years War in Munster, and with the conflict long since wrapped up in Leinster, we turn now to the end of things in the main rebel provinces. Hugh O’Neill limped back to Tyrone after the defeat … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Battle Of Kinsale

A note on dates: The English actually kept a slightly different calendar to the Spanish and Catholic Irish, for largely religious reasons. As such, I beg a little leeway if some dates seem a bit off kilter. The Battle of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Campaigns And Winter March of 1601

The Nine Years War had been a vicious conflict. But now, entering the final vortex, it would become even more devastating to Ireland, as massive armies from both sides came together and swept across the land. 1601 had dawned and … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Moyry Pass

While Hugh Roe O’Donnell was dealing with seaborne invasions and rebellious cousins, Hugh O’Neill had problems of his own to sort out. O’Neill remained, as far as Elizabeth I and her administration in Dublin were concerned, the biggest problem and the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Lough Foyle Landings

Lord Mountjoy was not a man to sit back. The collapse of the rebellion in Munster and the securing of the Pale’s borders in Leinster were a good start to his time in Ireland, but he wanted to get more done, and … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Essex’s Munster Campaign

I mentioned last week that the internal court politics of Elizabeth I reign had enough intrigue and conflict related to Ireland to fill up their own entry, but only a brief summation is required to set up what occurred in Ireland throughout … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Munster Rises For Hugh O’Neill

The victory at the Yellow Ford had radically altered the strategic situation in Ireland. In the aftermath, with the northern confederation separating and returning home while the Pale waited with baited breath for a possible attack on its borders, both sides … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Yellow Ford

1598 was going to be a pivotal year in the conflict that was engulfing Ireland. After the campaigns that had racked the country over the previous few years, the situation was in a precarious balance. The English remained in place with … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Four Fronts From 1595 To 1597

As 1595 wound down and 1596 began, the Nine Years War continued in its haphazard manner, still yet to evolve into the all or nothing struggle it was later to be defined as. In truth, around this period, the Nine … Continue reading

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