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Ireland’s Wars: Lawlor’s Sweep

Having discussed the wider picture of the National Army’s counter-insurgency campaign in the final months of 1922, in this entry I want to take a look at a specific example of what that campaign attempted, and what it was capable … Continue reading

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The Anti-Treaty Offensive In The West

Long before the conventional Civil War was brought to a successful conclusion for the pro-Treaty side in the south of the country, a conflict with a more guerrilla flavour was being fought in the west. The National Army, on the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Conventional Civil War In The Midlands

We have seen in the last few entries the manner in which the pro-Treaty side was able to secure some semblance of control over large parts of Ireland very quickly after the beginning of the Civil War. The north, west … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Conventional Civil War In The West

In describing the conventional Civil War as it was fought in Donegal, we get a flavour for what the same period was like in the farthest west of Ireland. Connacht had never been the most active area of Ireland throughout … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Clonfin And Dromkeen

Having spent some time looking at some of the elements of the War of Independence that may not have brought great credit to the IRA, we turn back to some of their more notable successes. The war intensified as more … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Ballinalee

The opening days of November 1920 affords us the chance to look at a hither-to unexplored part of the Irish War of Independence. The midlands region of Ireland was one that remained relatively quiet throughout the war, but there was … Continue reading

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