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Ireland’s Wars: Vinegar Hill

The rebels in County Wexford had been forced back to their camp at Enniscorthy, following the defeats at New Ross, Arklow and Foulksmills. Now, General Lake was prepared to give what he saw as the final crushing blow to the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Ovidstown And Foulksmills

With the rebels pegged back in Wexford and all but wiped out elsewhere, the time had come for the authorities to begin their operations to bring the rebellion to a decisive close. A new Lord Lieutenant was soon to arrive, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The View From London

Now seems like a good moment to take a little break and evaluate where things stood in Ireland, as mid-June arrived. It is a curious thing about the 1798 Rebellion, that from the moment it began on the 24th of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Ballynahinch And The End In Ulster

The rebellion in Ulster had begun in Antrim, but had barely gotten started there before it was crushed. The army of Henry Joy McCracken, what was left of it anyway, was retreating northwards. General Nugent, the man who had defeated … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Attack On Arklow

Bagenal Harvey’s army had retreated back to its nearby camp on Carrickbyrne Hill following the devastating defeat at New Ross. It was from there that Harvey departed back to Wexford Town, essentially ceding his position as commander-in-chief of the rebel … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: New Ross

In Wexford, where the fighting had been hardest, the rebels stood on the cusp of controlling the entire county. They had taken its major urban centres on the east coast, and repeatedly beaten back the government forces in the local … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Antrim

Ulster had been the birthplace of the United Irishmen movement, founded in 1791 by Wolfe Tone and others, and for some time it had been the main area of United activity and organisation. But as the end of the decade … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Republic Of Wexford

The fall of Enniscorthy had radically altered the situation in Wexford. Where once a large, but undisciplined, mob had threatened the north of the county, now they suddenly held one of its biggest towns, and were gaining additional numbers and … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Pushback In Kildare

We must return now to the situation in Kildare. The rebellion had started in earnest there, with the cross-county uprisings that had seen the United Irishmen take numerous towns and important centres, largely with the acquiescence’s of local commander, General … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Fall Of Enniscorthy

We move now back to the growing rebellion in County Wexford. The armies of Fr John Murphy had won a stunning victory at Oulart Hill, thanks to the rash actions of just a few government leaders, and now stood poised … Continue reading

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