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Ireland’s Wars: Rumpunch And Morthor

After the problems of the initial deployment in the Congo, the Irish contingent had settled down to a life of barracks duty and presence patrols, as ONUC attempted to fulfill the mission that had it in the country in the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Niemba

It was the Autumn of 1960, and the Irish Army was firmly committed to the United Nations mission in the Congo. Several battalions of soldiers had arrived in the south-eastern province of Katanga and, along with the larger multi-national mission, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The United Nations And The Congo Crisis

Our “coverage” of the 20th century in terms of Ireland’s military history now affords us the opportunity to look at the sorts of things that Ireland was able to do with its regular military forces as a free and independent … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The End Of The Border Campaign

The IRA had committed an enormous amount of its resources, in terms of personnel, guns and explosives, to Operation Harvest. The very earliest stages of this campaign had brought significant success, designating the IRA once again as a major force … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Border Campaign Continues

The Brookborough raid had been a decidedly mixed bag for the IRA: from an operational standpoint it had been a total disaster, but it had somehow managed to give the IRA a major propaganda coup in mass attendance funerals and … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Sean South And The Brookborough Barracks Attack

The Border Campaign had gotten off to a spectacular start. The IRA had hit numerous targets, made their opponents look ineffective, and even inflicted casualties while taking none of their own. Now, as 1957 began, the IRA was intent on … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Border Campaign

In the latter weeks of 1956, buoyed by years of preparation beforehand and pushed by the activities of other groups, the IRA commenced with one of its most ambitious military operations since the Irish revolutionary period came to a close. … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Saor Uladh

If there is one repeating trait down the entire history of Irish militant republicanism, it is the tendency for the movement to factionalise. The bigger organisations, not least the Irish Republican Army, have always tended to have within their number … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The 1950’s Arms Raids

The IRA was back on the up, even if it was only in a relative sense. New leadership was taking pro-active steps to increase membership, morale and the organisations relevance, both in terms of military matters and in the political … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The IRA After The Second World War

If the immediate time period after the end of the Second World War was a difficult era for Ireland in general, then it is fair to say that is was an extremely difficult era for the Irish Republican Army. World … Continue reading

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