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Ireland’s Wars: The Conventional Civil War In Wexford

For well over a hundred years before the events to be discussed below, Wexford had held an aura in the eyes of successive generations of Irish republicans and revolutionaries, that arguably outstripped whatever strategic value the area held in terms … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Rising In Leinster

Since the Easter Rising was such a Dublin-centric event, it would stand to reason that the province of Ireland with the most rebel activity outside of the capital would be the larger Leinster region. There were plenty of targets that … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Leaving Wexford

Even as Camden was departing Dublin for good, Cornwallis was situating himself as the new man in charge, with an initial primary goal of bringing the rebellion to an end, that was to be expanded into a larger objective of … Continue reading

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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: 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: 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 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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