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Among the Philistines: Dissent and Reaction in the Mullingar IRA Brigade, 1921

Posted March 1st, 2016 at 02:51 PM by Ascendant (Éireann Ascendant: An Irish History Blog)
Updated March 1st, 2016 at 04:04 PM by Ascendant (Typo)

An article on Co. Westmeath, specifically Mullingar, during the Irish War of Independence and afterwards during in the Truce period (late 1921).

Among the Philistines: Dissent and Reaction in the Mullingar IRA Brigade, 1921

This was an unusual case where a number of Volunteers in the Mullingar IRA were cashiered by their own brigade officers for showing *too* much enthusiasm when they attempted to form their own flying column without first asking for permission. ...
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The Irish Republican Brotherhood, post-1916

Posted February 29th, 2016 at 06:58 AM by Ascendant (Éireann Ascendant: An Irish History Blog)

Given the upcoming centenary of the Easter Rising in 1916 - the event that changed the course of Irish history forever - it may be of interest to know more about the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB), the group that was arguably the most responsible for the Easter Rising being carried out.

Most studies on the IRB focus on the build-up to the Rising or earlier. These three articles attempt to cover the Brotherhood as it survived and evolved and ultimately perished in the years following...
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Sunningdale for Slow Learners? - the Early 70's Revisited

Posted October 30th, 2014 at 03:34 PM by Gile na Gile

Ex-IRA commander Martin McGuiness to meet Queen Elizabeth II - CBS News

The Queen shakes hands with former IRA commander Martin McGuinness in historic first meeting behind closed doors | Daily Mail Online

Or conversely why is a former IRA commander allowing himself to be played host to by the Queen of England who still claims sovereignty over the six counties of Northern Ireland? Many grass-roots Republicans still instinctively gag at the prospect though they've no option...
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