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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: The Rising In Munster

Munster had been the centrepiece of the larger national plans for the Rising, based around the intended landing of German arms on the County Kerry coastline for later distribution to Volunteers in Cork. The province had many targets that would … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Munster Rises For Hugh O’Neill

The victory at the Yellow Ford had radically altered the strategic situation in Ireland. In the aftermath, with the northern confederation separating and returning home while the Pale waited with baited breath for a possible attack on its borders, both sides … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Inchiquin’s Advance And The Sack Of Cashel

As the autumn of 1647 continued in Ireland, it was clear that the defeat of the Leinster Army at Dungan’s Hill had thrown the Confederates into turmoil. The whole of Leinster suddenly seemed open to a Parliamentarian attack, and even … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Liscarroll

If the war was going poorly for the Confederates in Ulster and Leinster, and was locked in an apparent stalemate in Connacht, it at least appeared to be going a great deal better in Munster. Initial setbacks for the rebels … 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: Munster Rises For Hugh O’Neill

The victory at the Yellow Ford had radically altered the strategic situation in Ireland. In the aftermath, with the northern confederation separating and returning home while the Pale waited with baited breath for a possible attack on its borders, both sides … Continue reading

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All-Ireland Changes

So, another year of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship had come to an end. It’s time for some reflection. I really love hurling and the senior county variety, but the whole set up has problems that are really starting to … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Smerwick And The End Of The Desmond Rebellion

It was the Autumn of 1580, and one could be forgiven for wondering just how things were going to work out in Desmond. The area had been in revolt for some time now, the Geraldines of Munster facing off against … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Siege Of Carrigafoyle

As 1580 began, things were poised very delicately in Munster. The Geraldines, now under the leadership of Gerald, the Earl, had achieved some very notable success, not least the burning of Youghal. But they were still outnumbered by the kind … Continue reading

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