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Ireland’s Wars: The Anti-Treaty Offensive In Kerry

When Cork City fell to advancing pro-Treaty forces on the 10th August, hopes would have been high that the Civil War was essentially over. In that strictly conventional sense, the anti-Treaty side had suffered total defeat, their armies repulsed in … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Guerrilla Civil War Begins

The conventional phase of the Irish Civil War is generally held to have taken place between the opening assault on the Four Courts on the 28th June and the order from Liam Lynch for the IRA still in being to … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Battle Of Limerick

Almost from the moment that the split in the republican movement became manifest, it had one of its major fault lines through the city of Limerick. The IRA in the area, if one includes Michael Brennan’s forces to the north … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Opposing Forces And Initial Strategy Of The Conventional Civil War

The Irish Civil War had begun in earnest, with the pro-Treaty side securing Dublin and then clearing their enemies from outside of the capital as well. A week after the opening of hostilities saw things precariously in the balance across … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Henry Wilson And The Final Descent

After the election of the 16th June, things were up in the air in terms of Ireland’s politics and the prospect of civil war, but in many respects it must have seemed less likely than ever. Politically, the anti-Treaty side … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: British Pressure, A Second Split And The 1922 Election

In the month of June, the final confluence leading to the start of the Irish Civil War began. Looking back from a century removed it might seem like a somewhat strange and sudden deterioration: after all, at the start of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Northern Offensive

Behind every flashpoint in Ireland on the road to the Irish Civil War, every bit of violence taking place in isolated areas or the more eye-catching combat in urban centres, the situation in Northern Ireland still caught people’s attention. The … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Handover And Convention Crises

The board was already set for the Civil War after the passing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, with the entire movement split to varying degrees. Now, in the Spring of 1922, both sides jostled for favourable position on that board, ahead … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Kidnapping Of General Lucas

The War of Independence was a conflict of rural and urban ambushes, of house and barracks burnings, of intimidation, hunger strikes and assassination. But it was also a war where other, nominally non-deadly, methods of political violence were employed. In … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Sack Of Fermoy

The Irish War of Independence was beginning to heat up. While little remembered, the events in North Clare during August 1919 pointed to an escalation of the conflict in terms of reactions to IRA instituted violence. Only a month later, … Continue reading

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