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Ireland’s Wars: A Summary Of The Irish War Of Independence

I hope, in the preceding section of entries, that I have been able to give something approximating a comprehensive picture to the Irish War of Independence. The two-and-a-half year conflict is a strange middle-child in the Irish revolutionary period in … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Other Actions In 1921

Before we move on finally from the Irish War of Independence, it is apropos that, as I did for 1919 and 1920, we take an entry to cast an eye on some of the other, smaller, operations and events that … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Truce

The Irish War of Independence came to an end, officially speaking, on the 11th July 1921, when a truce that was agreed between representatives of “the Republic” and the British government came into effect. I say “officially speaking” because in … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Castleisland Ambush

We are now on the verge of the War of Independence’s conclusion. The events we discuss today took place literally hours before the truce, that I will discuss next week, came into effect. It is evidence of the ferocity of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Bloody Sunday (1921)

The events of this entry, and the events of the next, crossover rather directly with the culmination of the truce negotiations, which form an important backdrop to both. I will come to the truce in a few weeks, but felt … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Carrowkennedy

The war had less than two months to run at the beginning of June 1921, with the process of getting to the point of a truce already well underway. But the actual warfare was continuing, and in certain areas it … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Custom House

The war in Ireland had reached its terminal stage. Throughout the country, though primarily in Cork, Dublin and parts of Ulster, the death toll had remained consistent, then skyrocketed. The electoral process that the British hoped would point the way … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Black Whitsun And The 1921 Elections

Throughout a large portion of the Irish War of Independence, the chosen political solution of the Lloyd George administration in London, was the Government of Ireland Act, which completed a torturous run through the legislature throughout 1920, and was ready … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Shraharla And Lackelly

A little bit earlier, I talked about an instance in the War of Independence when men from separate brigade areas came together to form a better fighting force than they could ever have hoped to have formed separately. The lesson … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Ulster In 1921

It has almost become a tired cliche on this site, but I will say it at least one more time: the Irish War of Independence in Ulster is an under-researched and under-noticed thing. In many of the history books and … Continue reading

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