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The Fog of Certainty: Liam Lynch and the Start of the Civil War, 1922 (Part III)

Posted December 22nd, 2017 at 01:05 PM by Ascendant (Éireann Ascendant: An Irish History Blog)

Article on Liam Lynch and his actions as IRA Chief of Staff during the immediate start of the Irish Civil War (third part of a series).

The Fog of Certainty: Liam Lynch and the Start of the Civil War, 1922 (Part III)

On the 8th July 1922, the 'Free State' newspaper – the title of which left no ambiguity as to its allegiance – published a scathing account of Liam Lynch, Chief of Staff of the IRA forces, and his actions while leaving Dublin the month before. Under the provocative...
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Liam Lynch the (would be) negotiator, 1922

Posted November 30th, 2017 at 02:13 PM by Ascendant (Éireann Ascendant: An Irish History Blog)

Article on Liam Lynch and his attempts to avert civil war in Ireland (second part in a series).

The Chains of Trust: Liam Lynch and the Slide into Civil War, 1922 (Part II)

Four days after the anti-Treaty IRA seized the Four Courts in Dublin, Lynch wrote to his brother, exulting at how he was "absolutely certain that the Free State was sent to its doom by our action last week.” While Lynch had his regrets, he was determined not to let them deter him from doing what...
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The Limits of Might: Liam Lynch and the End/Start of Conflict (Part I), 1921-2

Posted October 28th, 2017 at 12:57 PM by Ascendant (Éireann Ascendant: An Irish History Blog)

Article on Liam Lynch, from the start of the Truce and his attempts to both preserve the unity of the IRA and advance the anti-Treaty position, despite opposition within and without.

The Limits of Might: Liam Lynch and the End/Start of Conflict (Part I), 1921-2

At the IRA Convention of the 26th March 1922, held in the Mansion House, Dublin, Lynch was noted as looking "concerned and somewhat perturbed at this turn of events."

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Plunkett’s Liberty: Count Plunkett and the Liberty Clubs, April-August 1917 (Part V)

Posted August 25th, 2017 at 01:03 PM by Ascendant (Éireann Ascendant: An Irish History Blog)

Plunkett’s Liberty: Count Plunkett and the Liberty Clubs, April-August 1917 (Part V)

The tensions between Count Plunkett and Arthur Griffith finally spilled out into the open at the 'Plunkett Convention' on the 19th April 1917. Griffith announced to the audience that the Count had refused him permission to speak, and warned them about the likelihood of failure unless they stayed united.

The reaction in the hall was one of consternation, according to a newspaper report:...
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Plunkett’s Gathering: Count Plunkett and His Mansion House Convention, 1917 (Part IV)

Posted August 19th, 2017 at 10:23 AM by Ascendant (Éireann Ascendant: An Irish History Blog)

Plunkett’s Gathering: Count Plunkett and His Mansion House Convention, 19th April 1917 (Part IV)

On the 19th April 1917, the simmering feud between Count Plunkett and Arthur Griffith, the two most prominent leaders of the burgeoning independence movement, spilled out into public view at the 'Plunkett Convention'.

The Convention, held in the Mansion House, Dublin, was also notable in how it was the first attempt to voice the mood in Ireland since the Rising of the...
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