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Ireland’s Wars: The Post-Second World War Years And The Republic Of Ireland

Ireland and Northern Ireland had emerged from the Second World War years with their established territory and sovereignty intact, but from there they were going to take very different paths. Today, we focus on the south, where having dealt with … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Plan W

We round of this trilogy of entries on the theoretical aspects of Ireland’s involvement in the Second World War with a look at that which both the British and Irish leadership came up with in the same period as Plan … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Operation Green

The Nazi conquest of the Low Countries and France brings us to a critical point of the Second World War. Much of Ireland’s strategic position at the outset of the conflict was based around the simple reality that it was … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Christmas Raid

The IRA’s initial efforts to launch a new offensive against Great Britain, and to play a part in the wider geopolitical confrontation in Europe, had proved a failure. Undone by one spectacular case of bombing the wrong target and by … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Second World War Begins

It may seem like a strange thing to say, but it is important not to underestimate the vast scope of the Second World War. In terms of the number of people engaged, the number of people killed and injured, the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Bunreacht Na hEireann

Eamon de Valera was elevated to the leadership of the Irish Free State on the back of a commitment to dismantle the disliked elements of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, protect the Irish economy at a time of huge financial uncertainty and … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The 1932 Election

The five years after the 1927 elections were not especially happy ones for Cumann na nGaedheal. With Fianna Fail now taking their seats in the Dail, the pro-Treaty party of government had a substantial opposition to deal with for the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Army Mutiny

The Irish revolutionary period was a time that was dominated by military men and military organisations. Whether it was people like Padraig Pearse who held an idealised view of what a uniform represented, whether it was men like Michael Collins … Continue reading

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Revolutionary Remembrance: Options For Ship Names (That Aren’t Poets)

Something a little different for this post series today, focusing on a very specific possibility for remembrance. The Irish Naval Service has the unfortunate problem of being largely anonymous to most Irish people. It’s task as a constabulary navy is … Continue reading

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Revolutionary Remembrance: The ARR’s Of The Irish Civil War

On the 90th anniversary of the Beal na Mblath shooting, the usual platitudes and speeches were trotted out in an annual festival that has become largely meaningless due to its regularity. I usually pay the FG historical love-in little mind … Continue reading

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