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Ireland’s Wars: The End In Tyrone

This is the second part of what was originally a single article, since split into two as part of a re-editing process. The first part can be found here. The English had routed the main Irish rebel armies and pacified … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The End In Tyrconnell

This is the first part of what was previously a single post, now split as part of a re-editing process.  Having seen the last of the Nine Years War in Munster, and with the conflict long since wrapped up in Leinster, we … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: O’Sullivan’s March

This is the second part of what was once a single post, that has since been split-up as part of an editing process. The first part is here. Donal Cam O’Sullivan Beare was devastated by the loss and then destruction … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Siege Of Dunboy

This is the second half of what was originally a single post, that has since been split up as part of a re-editing process. The original is here. Hugh O’Neill had retreated back into Ulster, Hugh Roe was on his last … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: A Summary Of The Nine Years War

The Nine Years War was a brutal contest, and I hope that I have done something to make that clear in the mind of the reader. Such a long and drawn out affair requires some reflection and more elaborated final … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Battle Of Shrule And Edward Fitton In Connacht

We’ve covered Leinster, Ulster and Munster in this general period. What about Connacht? Connacht was the frontier for the English position in Ireland, with much of the territory under English control – centred mainly around the towns of Galway and … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Desmond And Ormond At Affane

We break from the saga of Shane O’Neill in the north to take a look at happenings further south around the same time, that were no less important in determining Ireland’s fate under the Tudors. Desmond and Ormond were the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Shane O’Neill And Red Sagums

Ulster was ever a thorn in the side of the Tudors. Leinster was the easiest province to bring under sway, Munster the next. Connaught remained wild and untamed, but so divided that it lacked credibility as a serious threat to … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The First Plantation

Ireland had changed. As the 1540’s went by and Henry VIII left this mortal coil, it was clear that the Tudor dynasty had greater plans for Ireland then a fallback to the previous position of limited intervention and reliance on … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Failure Of The Geraldine League

The Earldom of Kildare had been, as a political entity, wiped out after the capture and eventual execution of Thomas FitzGerald and his uncles, with the previous balance of power in Ireland severely warped as a result. In those frantic … Continue reading

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