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Ireland’s Wars: The Bishops Coup

This entry will be fairly “action-light” in terms of actual military activity. I always try and focus on that primarily, but you can’t separate war from politics. Clausewitz had it right, it’s not mindless violence. It has people directing it, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Siege Of Charlemont

This is actually my 50th entry at what can generally be called the “Eleven Years War” (it’s the best catch all title really). I started out on it on April 3rd last year and am still plugging away now. Hopefully … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Fall Of Waterford

Waterford had been one of the most important positions in the Confederation of Kilkenny, and the subsequent Royalist alliance. The coastal town nearest to the continent, it served as a vital port for the influx of supplies and the keeping … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Scarrifholis

Having spent the last few entries discussing matters in the south and south-east of Ireland, it’s time to head back north. The Parliamentarian conquest of Ulster had been quick, efficient and brutal. The disparate opposing forces, ranging from remnants of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Cromwell’s Winter Offensive

Cromwell’s coordinated offensive, which has become known as his “Winter Offensive”, caught the Royalists completely by surprise. While the winter had been a little bit milder than usual, Ormonde and his lieutenants were in no way expecting any kind of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: War Aims And Plans In 1650

I feel that it would be helpful, at this point, to pause just for a moment and take stock of the situation, in both Ireland and in the larger British Isles, as 1649 drew to a close and 1650 dawned, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Carrick-on-Suir And Waterford

The Royalists had retreated north, almost all the way to Kilkenny, while the Parliamentarian army had been cut off from their pursuit at Thomastown. But this state of affairs merely prevented a large scale clash of the two armies, and … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: New Ross, Arklow And Duncannon (1649)

Between his main force in the south and the Ulster detachment in the north, Cromwell had taken nearly every eastern position that the Royalists had held upon his arrival, doing so at very little cost to his own army. But … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Sack Of Wexford

Cromwell did not spend long in Drogheda after its sack, content to leave a small garrison to secure it while he moved on. The news of Drogheda, mixed with a healthy dose of rumour and misinformation, was spreading far and … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Death At Drogheda

Postscript 08/01/15: I would like to dedicate this post to the memory of John Bradley, one of NUIM’s best history lecturers, who passed away in November 2014, which has only just come to my attention. It was he who first … Continue reading

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