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Ireland’s Wars: Lynch’s Death And The End Of The Irish Civil War

In many ways, the Irish Civil War was all but over when 1923 began. By that time the IRA’s ability to wage the kind of war that would have been needed to topple the new Free State was all but … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Britain And The United States In The Irish Civil War

It is generally recognised nowadays that Great Britain got more of what they wanted from the Anglo-Irish Treaty than the Irtish representatives did. In it was an essential recognition of partition, the inclusion of the Irish Free State inside the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: 1923 In Kerry

The Irish Civil War, in 1923, was drawing to a close. The IRA’s ability to maintain its guerrilla struggle was being suppressed all over the country, and only in a few select areas could it be said that it was … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Tom Barry’s Anti-Treaty Days

I mentioned in the last entry that the anti-Treaty side was one with a surfeit of badly needed personalities. This may seem like a tawdry thing to say, but it is a fact that guerrilla struggles, perhaps more than any … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Execution Policy

When it comes to the Irish Civil War, there is little more evocative in the popular memory than the provisional government’s formal policy of enacting executions of captured republicans. We have discussed the course of the conventional war, the death … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Peace Moves In 1922

From the moment that the Irish Civil War started, there were men and women trying to get it to stop. Their motivations varied from person to person and background to background: there were politicians who despised the use of physical … Continue reading

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

For the anti-Treaty side that was embarking on the continuation of the Civil War that the guerrilla phase represented, many hopes would have rested on Cork. It was a county that had seen arguably the highest concentration of anti-Treaty Volunteers, … Continue reading

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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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