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Ireland’s Wars: The Lough Foyle Landings

Lord Mountjoy was not a man to sit back. The collapse of the rebellion in Munster and the securing of the Pale’s borders in Leinster were a good start to his time in Ireland, but he wanted to get more done, and … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: George Carew And The End In Munster

As 1600 dawned in Ireland, things were looking good for the confederation of rebel Irish that Hugh O’Neill had been able to form. Ulster was secure, the English forces were taking a beating on nearly all fronts, Elizabeth’s treasury was being … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Apprentice Boys And Closing Gates

The War of the Two Kings pivots around the city of Londonderry, which in 1689 was one of the main urban centres of Ulster, having grown substantially from the small settlement that it had been when it was first taken … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Mountjoy’s Peace

From the signing of the Treaty of Mellifont in 1603 to the outbreak of a new rebellion in 1641, Ireland was largely peaceful. There were exceptions to that throughout the 38 year period, not least the brief rebellion of Cahir … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: A Summary Of The Nine Years War

The Nine Years War was a brutal contest, and I hope that I have done something to make that clear in the mind of the reader. Such a long and drawn out affair requires some reflection and more elaborated final … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Mellifont

The Nine Years War had reached its ninth year. The winter of 1602/03 had been a bitter one for the population of Ulster, and Ireland in general, who struggled to survive amidst the scourge of a famine, the weather and … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Final Campaigns Of The Nine Years War

Having seen the last of the Nine Years War in Munster, and with the conflict long since wrapped up in Leinster, we turn now to the end of things in the main rebel provinces. Hugh O’Neill limped back to Tyrone after the defeat … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Battle Of Kinsale

A note on dates: The English actually kept a slightly different calendar to the Spanish and Catholic Irish, for largely religious reasons. As such, I beg a little leeway if some dates seem a bit off kilter. The Battle of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Campaigns And Winter March of 1601

The Nine Years War had been a vicious conflict. But now, entering the final vortex, it would become even more devastating to Ireland, as massive armies from both sides came together and swept across the land. 1601 had dawned and … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Moyry Pass

While Hugh Roe O’Donnell was dealing with seaborne invasions and rebellious cousins, Hugh O’Neill had problems of his own to sort out. O’Neill remained, as far as Elizabeth I and her administration in Dublin were concerned, the biggest problem and the … Continue reading

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