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Ireland’s Wars: John’s Second Visit

The Anglo-Normans in Ireland were rebelling and fighting with each other pell-mell, damaging wars that left the English effort to expand against the natives neutered. King John’s second expedition to Ireland was just a larger part of his repeatedly fractious … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Fall Of Galway

The fall of Limerick was a death knell for the Royalists in Ireland, but the war was not over yet. The former Confederates and Royalists still maintained a military and a basic civic structure, but it was now confined almost … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Prince Lionel And The Statutes Of Kilkenny

Ireland in 1361 was an island in two halves. One half, centred around the “Pale” region with some loyal Earldoms surrounding it, was under English control to a recognisable extent. The other half had fallen back into the hands of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Druim-Dearg And Stalemate

As the 13th century went on, the Normans still looked like the power destined to rule over all of Ireland. Militarily strong, expanding their controlled lands, facing a divided and martially inferior foe, the Norman colonists were in the ascendant … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Battle Of The Curragh

Before jumping to more substantial military campaigns of the Norman era, today we will talk about a small but interesting clash that took place in Kildare in 1234, an extension of the civil struggles and disputes that could be found … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Strongbow Arrives

Diarmait and Ruaidri had come to an agreement at Ferns, but by all accounts this deal was breached very quickly. Diarmait had no intention of laying low and being happy with his holding in Leinster: he wanted more and may … Continue reading

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Ireland’s War’s: Brian Boru And The Road To Clontarf

When you use the words “High-King of Ireland” one very prominent name always springs to mind first. Brian Boruma mac Cennetig, better known to us as Brian Boru, a true giant of Irish history. This figure, who dominated the life … Continue reading

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