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Ireland’s Wars: The Conventional Civil War In The Midlands

We have seen in the last few entries the manner in which the pro-Treaty side was able to secure some semblance of control over large parts of Ireland very quickly after the beginning of the Civil War. The north, west … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Conventional Civil War In Wexford

For well over a hundred years before the events to be discussed below, Wexford had held an aura in the eyes of successive generations of Irish republicans and revolutionaries, that arguably outstripped whatever strategic value the area held in terms … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Conventional Civil War In The West

In describing the conventional Civil War as it was fought in Donegal, we get a flavour for what the same period was like in the farthest west of Ireland. Connacht had never been the most active area of Ireland throughout … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Donegal Campaign

Having looked at the beginnings of the Irish Civil War in Dublin and in its surrounding areas to the south and north, in this entry I want to commence a look at what Michael Hopkinson dubbed “the war in the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Conventional Civil War In Louth

The moment that the National Army had opened fire on the Four Courts was a starting pistol for the rest of the country, even if it took a while for the news of what was happening in the capital to … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Opposing Forces And Initial Strategy Of The Conventional Civil War

The Irish Civil War had begun in earnest, with the pro-Treaty side securing Dublin and then clearing their enemies from outside of the capital as well. A week after the opening of hostilities saw things precariously in the balance across … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Blessington Triangle

We have seen how the pro-Treaty side eliminated the centre of the anti-Treaty movement in the Four Courts, before they went on to secure the rest of Dublin. It was a decisive demonstration that the National Army was capable of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Battle For Dublin

The forces of the provisional government had eliminated the Four Courts garrison as a threat, even if it had taken far longer than they had hoped. In so doing, they would surely have hoped that Dublin would be secured, and … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Assault On The Four Courts

Whatever about the question on when we should exactly date the beginning of the Irish Civil War, the generally accepted time and date is the early hours of the 28th June 1922, when the anti-Treaty garrison holding the Four Courts … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Henry Wilson And The Final Descent

After the election of the 16th June, things were up in the air in terms of Ireland’s politics and the prospect of civil war, but in many respects it must have seemed less likely than ever. Politically, the anti-Treaty side … Continue reading

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