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Ireland’s Wars: Eccles Hill And Trout River

In the years after 1866 and the raids on Canada that had led to Ridgeway, Fort Erie and Pigeon Hill, the Fenian Brotherhood spent an awful lot of time talking and not a lot of time actually doing anything. Captured … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Fort Erie

The Fenians under John O’Neill had won a victory at Ridgeway, sending the first column of militia they had come up against reeling backwards. But even as they were enjoying that success, additional threats were moving in, in the form … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Battle Of Ridgeway

The first Fenian Raid on Canada had been a rather anticlimactic non-event, with the O’Mahony wing of the American Brotherhood left in tatters in the aftermath. But the Campobello operation had been mere prelude to the main event of the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The 1651 Siege Of Limerick

The entire focus of the war in Ireland now turned, once more, to the city of Limerick on the banks of the River Shannon. Henry Ireton and his army, that would reach 8’000 strong at its most numerous, was outside … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Fall Of Ulster And O’Neill

While Cromwell and the majority of the New Model Army was busy trying to subjugate the south-east of the country, and doing a pretty good job of it by the middle of October, the rest of the Parliamentarian force was … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Royalist Summer Offensive Of 1649

While Charles Coote resisted the Laggan Army and their allies from within Londonderry’s walls, the war continued in the rest of Ireland. The combined forces of the Royalist faction and the former Confederacy, united under the central command of Ormonde, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The 1649 Siege Of Londonderry

The late Spring and early Summer of 1649 were dominated by a series of sieges in Ireland, as the newly defined Parliamentarian and Royalist factions came to blows with each other in a much more substantial way than they had … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Early Departures In 1649

James Butler had re-appeared in Ireland at the end of 1648, with the Confederation split and the Parliamentarian star in the ascendant throughout the rest of Great Britain. For the moment, large scale combat actions, due in no small part … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Confederate Strife And The End Of Monro

The summer of 1648, and the Confederation of Kilkenny was in tatters. The acceptation of the Inchiquin truce had led to a split between Ormondist and Clericalist factions, which now threatened to turn into open warfare. Giovanni Rinuccini had played … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Five Factions In 1648

1647 had been a year of cascading disasters for the Confederation of Kilkenny. Following the failed Siege of Dublin, the political divides within the Supreme Council had led to the faltering of the war effort, until both the Leinster and … Continue reading

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