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Ireland’s Wars: The Anti-Treaty Offensive In Cork

For the anti-Treaty side that was embarking on the continuation of the Civil War that the guerrilla phase represented, many hopes would have rested on Cork. It was a county that had seen arguably the highest concentration of anti-Treaty Volunteers, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Guerrilla Civil War Begins

The conventional phase of the Irish Civil War is generally held to have taken place between the opening assault on the Four Courts on the 28th June and the order from Liam Lynch for the IRA still in being to … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Plot To Isolate Dublin

The Irish Civil War was progressing apace in Munster, where the anti-Treaty position was nearing its final end, at least in the conventional sense. The pro-Treaty military was proving itself victorious on just about every front. But while that was … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Coastal Landings And The Kerry Campaign

The naval dimension of military operations had never been an enormous part of the Irish War of Independence. Sure, the Royal Navy ferried troops between Britain and Ireland, but the service was largely a side player in the events that … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Kilmallock

I hope that I may be forgiven for the length of the below entry in this series. This particular subject is one that is close to my heart in many ways, not just as I am a native of Limerick, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Advance Into Tipperary

The border of the Munster Republic had been breached at either end: at Limerick City in the west, with forces under Eoin Duffy and Michael Brennan expelling the IRA and now moving into the countryside to finish them off, and … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Fall Of Waterford (1922)

If Limerick, on the far left of the nominal republican line, was the lynchpin of the “Munster Republic”, then Waterford, on the far-right, must be considered to have held something close to a similar status. With Limerick in dispute, Waterford … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Battle Of Limerick

Almost from the moment that the split in the republican movement became manifest, it had one of its major fault lines through the city of Limerick. The IRA in the area, if one includes Michael Brennan’s forces to the north … Continue reading

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The Next Republican Failure

I have refrained from commenting on American politics for a while now, but I can’t resist offering some thoughts on what’s been happening over there in regards to picking a challenger to Barack Obama for this year’s Presidential election. First … Continue reading

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