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Ireland’s Wars: The Tory Struggle

Galway had fallen, and with it much of the conventional resistance of the Royalist side in the wars of the era had come to an end as well. The Royalist faction still held territory as a conventional government, mostly in … 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: The 1651 Siege Of Limerick

The entire focus of the war in Ireland now turned, once more, to the city of Limerick on the banks of the River Shannon. Henry Ireton and his army, that would reach 8’000 strong at its most numerous, was outside … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Ireton Crosses The Shannon

Ireton had drawn up his plan to invade Connacht again. The first part of that plan would not only go off without a hitch, but gain a spectacular success in the bloodless capture of Athlone, and the opening of a … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Ireton’s New Plan And The Fall Of Athlone

1651 came, the weather cleared, but nothing happened. Everyone must have known that another Parliamentarian assault on the Shannon defensive line, led by Henry Ireton, was an inevitability, to make up for his failed effort the first time around. But … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Meelick Island

Henry Ireton’s first major coordinated offensive against the Shannon defensive line of the Irish Royalists was over before the end of October, the Parliamentarian commander slinking back into the depths of Munster, there to house his troops and horses in … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Ireton’s Autumn Offensive

By the 12th of August, Henry Ireton had completed his operation in the Waterford area, having captured both the city and the nearby fort of Duncannon, with hardly any loss. Across the country, the Royalist faction was seething with revolt … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Bishops Coup

This entry will be fairly “action-light” in terms of actual military activity. I always try and focus on that primarily, but you can’t separate war from politics. Clausewitz had it right, it’s not mindless violence. It has people directing it, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Fall Of Waterford

Waterford had been one of the most important positions in the Confederation of Kilkenny, and the subsequent Royalist alliance. The coastal town nearest to the continent, it served as a vital port for the influx of supplies and the keeping … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Siege/Battle Of Tecroghan

As Henry Ireton was now the commander of the Parliamentarian effort in Ireland, and it would be his offensives that would continue that struggle going forward, it is probably a good idea to take a closer look at him. Born … Continue reading

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