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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: A Summary Of The Eleven Year Wars

My coverage of the wars of the mid-16th century has come to an end, but I still want to bookend things with a post similar to this one, before I move on to anything else. Before I get into anything … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Parliament On The Rise, Royalists In Retreat

1647 dawned in Ireland. The island had seen five years and two months of warfare, with bitter defeat mixed with glorious triumph. The coming months would see little all out warfare, a sort of calm before the greater storm in … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Dublin Campaign of 1646

Rinuccini, whose presence had so altered the dynamics of the Confederation of Kilkenny, now stood as its undisputed master. Having bankrolled the success of Owen Roe O’Neill up to and after his stunning victory at Benburb and having managed to … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Rinuccini’s Coup

On the 5th of June 1646, Owen Roe O’Neill led his Ulster Army of Confederate Ireland to a decisive victory over Robert Monro at the Battle of Benburb, a victory almost unmatched in the history of Ireland. 105 days later, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Rinuccini, Glamorgan And Coote In Sligo

In order to understand the next phase of the Irish Confederate Wars, and the way that the war in Ireland could alter the way things were going in England, we need briefly discuss some of the foreign powers that were … 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: 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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Ireland’s Wars: The First Desmond Rebellion

In 1567, Henry Sidney, the Lord Deputy of Ireland, embarked on a tour of Munster and Connaught, seeking a lay of the land in order to have a better knowledge of his position in the country. What he found startled … Continue reading

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