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Ireland’s Wars: The IRA “Northern Campaign”

It is fair to say that, by 1942 anyway, the IRA were running out of road in Ireland. The organisation was shattered, losing Volunteers, officers and leaders at a frightful rate, whether it was by arrest and detention, or just … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Belfast Blitz

Even before the invention of air planes, the idea of utilising aircraft in a military context had been the focus of theorists and fiction writers alike, many of whom would spend the time before 1905 and the time after prophesising … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Plan W

We round of this trilogy of entries on the theoretical aspects of Ireland’s involvement in the Second World War with a look at that which both the British and Irish leadership came up with in the same period as Plan … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Plan Kathleen And Operation Mainau

My commentary on the IRA’s activities in the early stages of the Second World War have tended to be critical. The S-Plan was a resounding failure in its stated aims, and the Christmas Raid ended up undercutting its short-term success … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Bunreacht Na hEireann

Eamon de Valera was elevated to the leadership of the Irish Free State on the back of a commitment to dismantle the disliked elements of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, protect the Irish economy at a time of huge financial uncertainty and … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The First Decades For Northern Ireland

We do spend most of this series dealing with events in what we would identify as the lower 26 counties, at this time of discussion the Irish Fee State. Partly this is because of my own bias, which I cannot … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Civil War In Northern Ireland

It has long been the case that the north of Ireland received a disproportionately little amount of attention in terms of historical study of the Irish revolutionary period. This seems especially strange in the context of the War of Independence, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Northern Offensive

Behind every flashpoint in Ireland on the road to the Irish Civil War, every bit of violence taking place in isolated areas or the more eye-catching combat in urban centres, the situation in Northern Ireland still caught people’s attention. The … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Spring 1922 In Belfast

We have looked at the situation in Northern Ireland from a slightly more general perspective in the early months of 1922, with the new state struggling to define its relationship to the provisional government, and violence being a frequent result. … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Collins’ Northern Policy And The Clones Shootout

We have spent a good few entries recently discussing the larger geo-political/military situation in Ireland, between the furor around the Anglo-Irish Treaty and the growing split in the nationalist movement. While all of that was going on, the situation in … Continue reading

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