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Ireland’s Wars: The American Revolution

The American War of Independence, fought between 1775 and 1783, was a shockwave in world politics, a cross-continental conflict that sucked in many great European powers and left the British Empire with a black eye that was both unexpected and … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Irish In The Seven Years War

The Irish Brigade had made their reputation in the War of the Austrian Succession, at places like Fontenoy and Lafelt. When that war concluded in 1748, with the Treaty of Aix-le-Chappelle, the Brigade was left as one of the most … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Irish At Fontenoy

In the decades following the end of the War of the Spanish Succession, the Irish Brigades of Europe, most notably in France, found themselves as soldiers without a war, relegated to garrison duty and minor adventures on unimportant campaigns, usually … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Jacobite “Fifteen” And “Nineteen”

The Jacobite uprisings of the 18th century directly concerned Ireland and many Irishmen and women living on the continent, even if very little of their process actually took place in Ireland. And while no large Irish regiments of the Brigades … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Irish Brigade Of Spain

Last week, I discussed the origins of the most famous foreign military unit of Irish immigrants in the 18th century, the French Irish Brigade, that first came into being in the aftermath of the War of the Two Kings, and then … Continue reading

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