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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: Dungan’s Hill

The height of summer, 1647, saw the Leinster Army under Thomas Preston, one of the key fighting forces of the Confederation of Kilkenny, poised awkwardly in County Carlow, prepared for a march on Dublin but critically delayed by political infighting … 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: Benburb

What we call the Irish Confederate Wars were in their fifth year, which is all the more surprising given that the Confederates were yet to really land a really significant victory in the course of the war. When it came … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Ulster Expedition Of 1644

As Monro was consolidating the power of his Covenanter army in the north, seizing Belfast and being appointed supreme commander of all Parliament forces in Ireland, the Confederate government was considering its next military move. Since the signing of the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Owen Roe, Preston And Confederate Ireland Born

This is as good a point as any to declare the end of what we can view as the second phase of the Irish Confederate Wars. There are going to be a lot of those, since this was a sprawling, … Continue reading

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