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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: The Protectorate And Resistance

The war was considered over, by the most of the players and by modern historians, but the fighting continued past 1653 and through the reign of the British Commonwealth, that varied succession of governments and Parliaments that ruled in the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Tory Struggle

Galway had fallen, and with it much of the conventional resistance of the Royalist side in the wars of the era had come to an end as well. The Royalist faction still held territory as a conventional government, mostly in … 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: Knocknaclashy

Donough McCarthy, the Viscount Muskerry, played a relatively small but vital part in the events of the day in the 1640s and 50’s. A Catholic nobleman with lands in West Munster, especially in Kerry, he had joined the Confederate cause … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Ireton Crosses The Shannon

Ireton had drawn up his plan to invade Connacht again. The first part of that plan would not only go off without a hitch, but gain a spectacular success in the bloodless capture of Athlone, and the opening of a … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Ireton’s New Plan And The Fall Of Athlone

1651 came, the weather cleared, but nothing happened. Everyone must have known that another Parliamentarian assault on the Shannon defensive line, led by Henry Ireton, was an inevitability, to make up for his failed effort the first time around. But … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: A Leadership Change, Foreign Negotiations And Aims For The New Year

With Meelick Island and the end of Ireton’s Autumn Offensive, military operations, for the rest of 1650 anyway, largely came to a halt. You’d still have your minor raids and Tory campaigns (for and against) but with the weather turning … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Meelick Island

Henry Ireton’s first major coordinated offensive against the Shannon defensive line of the Irish Royalists was over before the end of October, the Parliamentarian commander slinking back into the depths of Munster, there to house his troops and horses in … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Ireton’s Autumn Offensive

By the 12th of August, Henry Ireton had completed his operation in the Waterford area, having captured both the city and the nearby fort of Duncannon, with hardly any loss. Across the country, the Royalist faction was seething with revolt … Continue reading

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