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Ireland’s Wars: COIN In The Nine Years War

As with so much of Ireland’s military history, the Nine Years War was an insurgency war for the most part. Save for the handful of bigger engagements and the sieges that took place (mostly by the English side), the war … 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: 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 Siege Of Kinsale

A note on dates: The English 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 Kinsale … 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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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: The Yellow Ford

1598 was going to be a pivotal year in the conflict that was engulfing Ireland. After the campaigns that had racked the country over the previous few years, the situation was in a precarious balance. The English remained in place with … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Start Of The Nine Years War

Yes, we’re going back a bit. My series of posts on the Nine Years War, that most transformative of early-Modern Irish conflicts, has never satisfied me, looking back at them. The wording is sloppy, the conclusions simplistic, the research shallow … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Last Raid On Canada

The origins of the last raid on Canada – it cannot accurately be called a “Fenian raid”, though it mostly involved Fenians of course – lie in the so-called “Red River rebellion”, which I briefly covered in the last entry. … Continue reading

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