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Ireland’s Wars: The Royal Irish Regiment

There were/are a large amount of “Irish” regiments within the British Armed Forces. Just check out this Wikipedia Category page, that only lists the defunct ones. The matter is complicated by the frequent creation and then extinction of these units, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: A Summary Of The War Of The Two Kings

So, another review of another conflict has come to an end, this one exceedingly shorter than the last, but no less fascinating. As has become my habit, I’d like to take the time to write up a quick summary of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Wild Geese And Broken Treaties

Firstly, before discussing what came after, we need to look at the military situation, in Limerick and in the larger conflict, if we are to understand what occurred there in late September and early October. The facts are simple: Ginkel’s … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The 1691 Siege Of Limerick

The last act in the War of the Two Kings was about to begin. The army of Godert de Ginkel made its final approach on the last enemy stronghold of significance, while the Jacobite defenders of Limerick made their last … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Jacobite Collapse

The War of the Two Kings was, for all intents and purposes, decided by the Battle of Aughrim. The Jacobite losses, both there and in the immediate aftermath, were simply too great for the movement to remain sustainable. With those … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Aughrim

With Athlone’s fall, a major set-piece confrontation between the Jacobite and Williamite armies became inevitable. Ginkel’s multi-national force securing of Athlone and its defences gave them that vital bridgehead into Connacht, and they were soon marching out to seek that … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Fall Of Athlone

June 1691: The Williamite army of Godert de Ginkel had taken the eastern half of Athlone, smashing through its outer defences after only a brief bombardment. But the bridge connecting both sides of the town over the Shannon had not … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Ginkel Attacks The Shannon

The campaigning season had finally arrived. After months of raids and minor operations, of reinforcements and political manoeuvring, both sides would now put their respective mettles to the test again, properly. From the east, the Williamites under Ginkel would attempt … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Winter Operations And Aims In 1691

The major campaigns of the War of the Two Kings had ceased with the taking Cork and Kinsale by John Churchill, but, through the winter months at the end of 1690 and into the beginning of 1691, there were still … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Marlborough At Kinsale

John Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough, had, with the help of the Duke of Württemberg, brought Cork City to heel. But, with the campaign season rapidly approaching its end, he still had one more target he needed to hit. With … Continue reading

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