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Ireland’s Wars: The First World War Begins

The origins of the First World War have been long-debated, and bare little going into, bar the basic particulars. In the summer of 1914, a generations worth of international and intranational tensions – the naval arms race between Britain and … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Civil War That Wasn’t

Much of the political wrangling around Home Rule in the summer of 1914 was about whether Ulster would be part of the process at all. Early on and at different stages of the legislative process, opposition figures, and even supporters, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Redmond’s Volunteer Takeover

Between the unreliability of the British military when it came to upholding the law, and the gun-running’s that had increased the armed potential of the Ulster and Irish Volunteers, things appeared to be disintegrating fast in Ireland in the summer … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Home Rule And Volunteers

We are now truly entering an era of Irish history commonly identified with the Easter Rising, the War of Independence and the Civil War. The events we will be discussing were the final steps on the road to those conflicts, … Continue reading

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Revolutionary Remembrance: Franz Ferdinand And The Counter-Factual

The weekend just gone saw the centenary of Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination in Sarejevo in 1914. The event is commonly ascribed as either the beginning of the First World War or the moment when it became inevitable. I happen to … Continue reading

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Revolutionary Remembrance: Redmond’s Takeover And Hobson

Another very important centenary date just passed us by, and it was another that went little noticed by the state or the media. I can forgive them this time though. After all, the Redmonite takeover of the Irish Volunteers in … Continue reading

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Rebels: Voices From The Easter Rising (Fearghal McGarry)

McGarry, author of an excellent biography of Eoin O’Duffy, has brought together a wide variety of recollections and memories from those who lived through the early years of the Irish revolutionary period, culminating in the Easter Rising of 1916 and … Continue reading

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