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A blog about the recent history of Ireland, with a focus on the revolutionary period of the 20th century, including the Easter Rising, the War of Independence and the Civil War.
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An Idolatry of Candidates: Count Plunkett and the North Roscommon By-Election of 1917

Posted February 2nd, 2017 at 04:18 PM by Ascendant (Éireann Ascendant: An Irish History Blog)

Hurrah for Plunkett,
Ring out the slogan call.
The Count’s our man,
He leads the van for Ireland over all.


In what was to be called the Election of the Snows, Count Plunkett defeated the candidate for the Irish Parliamentary Party (IPP) along with an Independent runner for the North Roscommon seat...
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Seán McGarry: Revolutionary, Confidant, Victim

Posted December 14th, 2016 at 03:23 AM by Ascendant (Éireann Ascendant: An Irish History Blog)

Two articles on the life and times of Seán McGarry (1886-1958) who was intimately involved in the Howth Gunrunning and the Easter Rising, not to mention the War of Independence, the Dáil debates over the Treaty and, tragically, the Civil War.

A Prominent Republican Leader: The Trials and Tribulations of Seán McGarry, 1913-1919 (Part I)

He was an aide and companion to Tom Clarke and later Michael Collins, who described McGarry as “the one man who was closer in the confidence...
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Betrayal: The Civil War in Co. Kilkenny, December 1922

Posted October 1st, 2016 at 11:05 AM by Ascendant (Éireann Ascendant: An Irish History Blog)

Sometimes in war, you can trust your enemies to attack but you don't know what your allies are planning.

Betrayal: The Civil War in Co. Kilkenny, December 1922

An article on a trio of incidents in County Kilkenny in December 1922, during the Civil War.

Three National Army barracks in Callan, Thomastown and Mullinavat were overwhelmed by anti-Treaty fighters, some disguised in captured Free State uniforms, in quick succession in the course of a single night....
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Bushwhacked: The Loss of the Carlow Flying Column, April 1921

Posted September 6th, 2016 at 04:04 PM by Ascendant (Éireann Ascendant: An Irish History Blog)

Article on the brief existence of the Carlow IRA flying column, formed to take the fight to the British forces in Ireland, before it was overwhelmed by an enemy patrol, with most of its members taken captive.

Bushwhacked: The Loss of the Carlow Flying Column, April 1921

One of its members was killed during the brief skirmish, in contested circumstances.

Another casualty from the fight was a local man, found shot to death two days later. IRA veterans from...
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Understated Insurgency: The Carlow IRA Brigade in the Irish War of Independence

Posted September 3rd, 2016 at 04:34 PM by Ascendant (Éireann Ascendant: An Irish History Blog)

An overview of the Carlow IRA Brigade, from its official formation in 1917 to the Truce of July 1921.

Understated Insurgency: The Carlow Brigade in the War of Independence, 1917-1921

"Carlow," in the words of one historian, "does not have a very active fighting story. This may sometimes have been adverted to by way of implied reproach."

On the other hand, a British officer in the area at the time of the Truce was struck at the level of...
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