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Liam Lynch, Ernie O'Malley and the politics of the Civil War, 1922

Posted February 10th, 2018 at 09:18 AM by Ascendant (Éireann Ascendant: An Irish History Blog)

Article on the working relationship between Liam Lynch and Ernie O'Malley during the Civil War, and their efforts towards victory in the face of the Free State's might, the IRA's mishaps and their own frequent disagreements.

The Treachery of Peace: Liam Lynch, Ernie O’Malley and the Politics of the Civil War, 1922 (Part V)

When O'Malley returned to Dublin in July 1922, after helping to cut a swathe through the countryside, he had been tasked by his Chief of Staff, Lynch,...
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The Self-Deceit of Honour: Liam Lynch and the Civil War, 1922 (Part IV)

Posted January 20th, 2018 at 11:14 AM by Ascendant (Éireann Ascendant: An Irish History Blog)

Article on Liam Lynch and how his decisions helped determine the struggle for Limerick and then Cork during the Civil War.

The Self-Deceit of Honour: Liam Lynch and the Civil War, 1922 (Part IV)


The ten-day battle for Limerick reached its weary climax before midnight on the 19th July 1922 when the anti-Treaty IRA decided that enough was enough. Following the orders of their Chief of Staff, Liam Lynch, the men left the city in a line of motorcars.

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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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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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