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Ireland’s Wars: The Blessington Triangle

We have seen how the pro-Treaty side eliminated the centre of the anti-Treaty movement in the Four Courts, before they went on to secure the rest of Dublin. It was a decisive demonstration that the National Army was capable of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Clonard And The End

On the 10th of July, the Wexford army of the United Irishmen arrived at the camp of their Kildare brethren, at Timohoe in the Bog of Allen. They hoped to find succour, reinforcement and fresh impetus to raise both Kildare … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Ovidstown And Foulksmills

With the rebels pegged back in Wexford and all but wiped out elsewhere, the time had come for the authorities to begin their operations to bring the rebellion to a decisive close. A new Lord Lieutenant was soon to arrive, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Pushback In Kildare

We must return now to the situation in Kildare. The rebellion had started in earnest there, with the cross-county uprisings that had seen the United Irishmen take numerous towns and important centres, largely with the acquiescence’s of local commander, General … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Rebellion Spreads

As large swaths of Kildare were, essentially, ceded to the United Irishmen and their peasant armies, things remained remarkably calm in the capital, only a short while to the east. The botched plans to attack Dublin from three directions had … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: May 24th

Following the attack on the Munster mail coach, Kildare was ready to rise. The final moments of the 23rd of May 1798 melted into the early hours of the 24th. All around Kildare, that most prepared of counties, members of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Last Days Before Rebellion

The policy of active disarmament was, in the view of the Dublin-based government, paying dividends. In the east, the midlands and Munster, the strength of the United Irishmen and their armies seemed smashed under the weight of the often brutal … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Informers, Generals And Triangles

In the halls of government in Dublin, the people in charge were furiously debating whether the time had come to arrest the known leaders of the United Irishmen. The hardliners thought such a move would deal a fatal blow to … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Failure Of The Geraldine League

The Earldom of Kildare had been, as a political entity, wiped out after the capture and eventual execution of Thomas FitzGerald and his uncles, with the previous balance of power in Ireland severely warped as a result. In those frantic … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Siege Of Maynooth

Things weren’t looking good for Thomas Fitzgerald as 1534 drew to a close and 1535 began. His failure to take Dublin was a disaster, he was unable to get those Irish inclined to his cause to cough up many men … Continue reading

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