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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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What The Irish Defence Forces Did This Year

This year: The Irish Defence Forces disabled over 50 viable explosive devices. The Irish Defence Forces carried out nearly 2’000 high security escorts. The Irish Defence Forces continued to provide security at Portlaoise prison. The Irish Defence Forces deployed 3’000 … Continue reading

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The Irish Peacekeeper

The Irish forces that are part of UNIFIL are on station in the southern Lebanon today, continuing their tour of duty. I now recall a story first told to me by a friend of mine a while back, that he … Continue reading

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Keep The Peace

My very best wishes and prayers go with the Irish peacekeepers, those who have arrived and those shortly to go, who will take over the security of 140 square miles of south Lebenon, including the border with Israel. It is no easy … Continue reading

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