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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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Plunkett’s Agenda: Count Plunkett against Friend and Foe, Feb-April 1917 (Part III)

Posted August 7th, 2017 at 02:29 PM by Ascendant (Éireann Ascendant: An Irish History Blog)

Plunkett’s Agenda: Count Plunkett against Friend and Foe, February-April 1917 (Part III)

The election victory of Count Plunkett, father of Joseph Plunkett, in North Roscommon, February 1917, was soon followed by the frosting of relations between him and Arthur Griffith. The immediate point of contention was Plunkett's public refusal to take his seat at Westminster. Although absentionism had long been a policy of Sinn Féin, Griffith was concerned that this was a step too far and...
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Plunkett’s Turbulence: Count Plunkett' Return to Ireland, Jan-Feb 1917 (Part II)

Posted August 6th, 2017 at 09:56 AM by Ascendant (Éireann Ascendant: An Irish History Blog)
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Plunkett’s Turbulence: Count Plunkett and his Return to Ireland, January-February 1917 (Part II)

Count George Plunkett, father of the 1916 Rising signatory Joseph Plunkett, began 1917 in a miserable state - exiled from his home to England and publicly ejected from the Royal Dublin Society. His luck turned when he was chosen to be a candidate in the North Roscommon by-election.

He had been selected by a coalition of Nationalist groups and individuals, joined by an impatience...
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