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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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Ireland’s Wars: The Anti-Treaty Offensive In Cork

For the anti-Treaty side that was embarking on the continuation of the Civil War that the guerrilla phase represented, many hopes would have rested on Cork. It was a county that had seen arguably the highest concentration of anti-Treaty Volunteers, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Anti-Treaty Offensive In Kerry

When Cork City fell to advancing pro-Treaty forces on the 10th August, hopes would have been high that the Civil War was essentially over. In that strictly conventional sense, the anti-Treaty side had suffered total defeat, their armies repulsed in … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Anti-Treaty Offensive In Leinster

In the aftermath of the fall of Cork, the anti-Treaty IRA was left at a crossroads. There were certainly many voices within the faction that thought the war was no longer worth fighting, and it would be better to try … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Beal Na mBlath

The ambush that killed Michael Collins remains an emotive moment in Irish military history. It’s been immortalised on the page and on screen, Irish political parties continue to give speeches at the spot every year, the man’s grave is a … Continue reading

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