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Ireland’s Wars: Castles And Crusades

As Henry II’s days wound down, the Anglo-Norman position in Ireland faced some setbacks. In the north, in 1188, forces loyal to John de Courcy suffered a repulse from the leaders of Aileach in Tyrone, a Gaelic Kingdom in the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: De Lacy And John

The English continued to expand in 1178, heedless of any previous agreements made with Rory O’Connor or any other major Irish figure, but they were not invincible. The colonial advance was less a tidal wave and more a lengthy erosion, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Windsor Ignored

The Treaty of Windsor, signed between Rory O’Connor and Henry II of England, did not last long. Anglo-Norman colonists in Ireland were still hungry for power and land, liable to undertake their own ventures into Irish territory, and Henry was … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Henry II’s Expansion

Author note: For simplicities sake, I’m going to start using anglicised versions of names from this point on, as well as greater use of the term “English”. Ireland in the later stages of 1171 had seen the invaders position in … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Strongbow Holds On

So, we’re going back in time a bit. My earlier editions of Ireland’s Wars were more threadbare and looser than the later editions, due to a mixture of numerically inferior sources and my own need to still form a proper … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Richard And Art

As the 14th century drew to a close, a century that had seen English control over Ireland fluctuate wildly, gradually decline, then stabilise in the core region in the Pale and partly around it, two great figures of the two … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Prince Lionel And The Statutes Of Kilkenny

Ireland in 1361 was an island in two halves. One half, centred around the “Pale” region with some loyal Earldoms surrounding it, was under English control to a recognisable extent. The other half had fallen back into the hands of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Dysert O’Dea And The Native Resurgence

We’re going to skip back a short while to discuss another clash between native Irish forces and the Anglo-Normans in the time of Bruce campaign. A small scale battle that took place in the middle of County Clare in 1318, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The End Of The Bruce Campaign

Ireland in 1318. An island in chaos. In the north Edward Bruce was in control, holding the allegiance of the Ulster natives, only a hop, skip and jump from a supply base in Scotland. In the east, the Anglo-Norman position … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Killing Fields Of Athenry

Edward Bruce was knocking the Anglo-Norman armies to pieces in the north in the mid 1310’s, but a battle in the west of the island may well have had the decisive impact on his aims to become the undisputed King … Continue reading

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