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Ireland’s Wars: The Williamite Advance

In the summer of 1690, the Jacobites were on the run nearly everywhere in Ireland. The loss at the Boyne and the subsequent flight of James II from the country had been twin blows that the Jacobite war effort tottered … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: James’ Flight And The 1690 Siege Of Athlone

The Battle of the Boyne had been won by the Williamites, who took the Jacobite positions, inflicted more casualties and now stood poised to launch a larger offensive on Leinster itself. But the Jacobite army, while beaten, was not routed … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Boyne

The 1st of July, 1690. The armies of William III and James II faced each other in County Meath, separated by the winding course of the River Boyne. Roughly 36’000 Williamite soldiers, of varying nationalities, prepared to come to battle … Continue reading

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Review: Cinderella

Cinderella Trailer Its film festival time in Dublin, as JDIFF rolls around with its usual dazzling array of titles. I haven’t been able to see absolutely everything I wanted to see this year, but have still been able to take … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: William’s Arrival

Before more serious matters next time, this week’s entry will be a shorter lead-up. William III arrived in Ireland on the 14th of June, at the head of a force of men that would, in the field, number well over 36’000. … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Cavan And Charlemont, 1690

After the stand-off outside Dundalk came to an end, with both sides withdrawing their armies into winter quarters, James II came in for increasing criticism. He had moved away first, tiring of the interminable situation where Schomburg’s army refused to … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Sarsfield At Sligo

While James II was busy engaging in his stalemated standoff with Frederick Schomburg outside Dundalk, turning the War of the Two King’s into a surprisingly deadly non-event in the east, the war was still being fought to the west, where … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Schomburg’s Campaign

Frederick Schomburg had a very interesting military career. Born in 1615 in the Palatinate, to a German count and the daughter of an English Baron, Schomburg entered the military life at the earliest opportunity, serving in the armies of the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Bantry Bay

In this series we may have become accustomed to dealing with land based combat between Irish and English (or English backed) armies. But today we’re going to swing away from that, to the other side of the country from where … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Relief Of Londonderry

As NFB has been away on a short holiday, this weeks’ Ireland’s Wars is a little shorter than normal, but is plenty important all the same. In mid-July of 1689, with Londonderry on the verge of starving, negotiations were opened … Continue reading

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