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Ireland’s Wars: The Royal Irish Regiment

There were/are a large amount of “Irish” regiments within the British Armed Forces. Just check out this Wikipedia Category page, that only lists the defunct ones. The matter is complicated by the frequent creation and then extinction of these units, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Culloden

It was April 1745, and the Jacobite forces that remained in Charles Stuart’s employ were preparing to face down the oncoming government army of the Duke of Cumberland. Here, just east of Inverness, the key battle of the ’45 would be … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Jacobite “Fifteen” And “Nineteen”

The Jacobite uprisings of the 18th century directly concerned Ireland and many Irishmen and women living on the continent, even if very little of their process actually took place in Ireland. And while no large Irish regiments of the Brigades … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Irish Brigade Of Spain

Last week, I discussed the origins of the most famous foreign military unit of Irish immigrants in the 18th century, the French Irish Brigade, that first came into being in the aftermath of the War of the Two Kings, and then … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Long Peace Of The 18th Century

The War of the Two Kings came to an end in 1691. With a few short-term exceptions, Ireland would not have another sustained bout of political violence for over a century. This time has been dubbed, by academics like Ian … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: A Summary Of The War Of The Two Kings

So, another review of another conflict has come to an end, this one exceedingly shorter than the last, but no less fascinating. As has become my habit, I’d like to take the time to write up a quick summary of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Wild Geese And Broken Treaties

Firstly, before discussing what came after, we need to look at the military situation, in Limerick and in the larger conflict, if we are to understand what occurred there in late September and early October. The facts are simple: Ginkel’s … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The 1691 Siege Of Limerick

The last act in the War of the Two Kings was about to begin. The army of Godert de Ginkel made its final approach on the last enemy stronghold of significance, while the Jacobite defenders of Limerick made their last … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Jacobite Collapse

The War of the Two Kings was, for all intents and purposes, decided by the Battle of Aughrim. The Jacobite losses, both there and in the immediate aftermath, were simply too great for the movement to remain sustainable. With those … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Aughrim

With Athlone’s fall, a major set-piece confrontation between the Jacobite and Williamite armies became inevitable. Ginkel’s multi-national force securing of Athlone and its defences gave them that vital bridgehead into Connacht, and they were soon marching out to seek that … Continue reading

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