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Count Plunkett: scholar, failed politician, rebel emissary to the pope

Posted March 24th, 2017 at 04:30 PM by Ascendant (Éireann Ascendant: An Irish History Blog)

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“It is a true fact that the greatest swordsman in Italy would not fear the second greatest but would fear the worst, for that one would be unpredictable” – The Masque of Red Death (1964)
Plunkett’s Rising: Count Plunkett and His Family on the Road to Revolution, 1913-7 (Part I)

On Easter Monday, 1916, Count Plunkett dropped by the office of Archbishop Walsh of Dublin, and explained to the secretary there that he had just returned from Rome, having met the Pope and reassured him...
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An Idolatry of Candidates: Count Plunkett and the North Roscommon By-Election of 1917

Posted February 2nd, 2017 at 03:18 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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Bushwhacked: The Loss of the Carlow Flying Column, April 1921

Posted September 6th, 2016 at 03:04 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 03:34 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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Bloodshed in Mullingar: Civil War Begins in Co. Westmeath, April 1922

Posted July 1st, 2016 at 11:44 AM by Ascendant (Éireann Ascendant: An Irish History Blog)
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An article on a shootout in Mullingar, April 1922, in the build-up to the Civil War, which saw two dead.

Bloodshed in Mullingar: Civil War Begins in Co. Westmeath, April 1922

Mullingar was increasingly a dangerous place from the start of 1921 due to the surge in crime, coupled with the lack of effective policing - the Royal Irish Constabulary were set to be disbanded as per the terms of the Anglo-Irish Treaty and the Irish Volunteers alone were not enough to maintain the...
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