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Ireland’s Wars: The Army Mutiny

The Irish revolutionary period was a time that was dominated by military men and military organisations. Whether it was people like Padraig Pearse who held an idealised view of what a uniform represented, whether it was men like Michael Collins … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: 1923 After The Civil War

The Irish Civil War is traditionally taken as ending on the 24th May 1923 when the new IRA Chief Of Staff Frank Aiken issued orders for the IRA is stop their operations. The republicans did not fully admit that they … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Civil War In 1923

When 1923 dawned, the newly born Irish Free State could look forward with increased optimism. They had control over the vast majority of the country, and had the allegiance, given freely or coerced, of the majority of the population. The … 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: 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 Carrigtwohill Barracks Attack

1920 was to bring a new verve to the IRA’s campaigns. The dispute between the nominal commanders in GHQ and those mid to junior officers “on the ground” would remain, but there was now a greater appetite in Dublin for … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Irish Republican Army

Before we move onto the momentous events of 1919, we need to skip back a bit, and spend some time on the resurrection and reorganisation of the Irish Volunteers. In the immediate aftermath of the Easter Rising, the Volunteers were … Continue reading

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