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Ireland’s Wars: The Civil War Deferred In Kilkenny

Late Spring 1922 was a chaotic time in Ireland. Throughout the country different military forces were taking over and enforcing their own authority, or engaging in standoffs with the other side. Armed raiders were becoming more and more common. Sectarian … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Flashpoints And The Four Courts Seizure

While supplementary entries have put us past the point a while ago, this is the 400th numbered entry of Ireland’s Wars. We’re getting there, and who knows where we will be come #500 (hopefully at the Emergency at least, or … Continue reading

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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: The Siege Of Kilkenny

March 1650, and the city of Kilkenny was increasingly surrounded. The heart of the Confederate movement since the foundation of that entity, it was now just another beleaguered Royalist stronghold, waiting for the Parliamentarian hammer to fall. The Kilkenny area, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Cromwell’s Winter Offensive

Cromwell’s coordinated offensive, which has become known as his “Winter Offensive”, caught the Royalists completely by surprise. While the winter had been a little bit milder than usual, Ormonde and his lieutenants were in no way expecting any kind of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Five Factions In 1648

1647 had been a year of cascading disasters for the Confederation of Kilkenny. Following the failed Siege of Dublin, the political divides within the Supreme Council had led to the faltering of the war effort, until both the Leinster and … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Inchiquin’s Advance And The Sack Of Cashel

As the autumn of 1647 continued in Ireland, it was clear that the defeat of the Leinster Army at Dungan’s Hill had thrown the Confederates into turmoil. The whole of Leinster suddenly seemed open to a Parliamentarian attack, and even … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Parliament On The Rise, Royalists In Retreat

1647 dawned in Ireland. The island had seen five years and two months of warfare, with bitter defeat mixed with glorious triumph. The coming months would see little all out warfare, a sort of calm before the greater storm in … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Rinuccini, Glamorgan And Coote In Sligo

In order to understand the next phase of the Irish Confederate Wars, and the way that the war in Ireland could alter the way things were going in England, we need briefly discuss some of the foreign powers that were … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Monro Takes Command In Ulster

The time after the signing of the cessation was a critical one, where the war became more and more complex in Ireland. The cessation agreed between Ormonde and the Confederates essentially brought most combat operations in Ireland to a temporary … Continue reading

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