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The Weakness of Conviction: The End of Liam Lynch in the Civil War, 1923 (Part VII)

Posted April 10th, 2018 at 01:32 AM by Ascendant (Éireann Ascendant: An Irish History Blog)

Article on Liam Lynch and his death on the 10th April 1923 (last in a seven-part series).

The Weakness of Conviction: The End of Liam Lynch in the Civil War, 1923 (Part VII)

As the Civil War escalated, Liam Lynch ordered in December for "three enemy officers to be arrested and imprisoned in each Brigade area", to be killed in turn for every anti-Treaty prisoner executed. A month later, a list of Free State senators was circulated among the IRA, with instructions...
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The Irrelevance of Discourse: Liam Lynch and the Tightening of the Civil War, 1922-3

Posted March 16th, 2018 at 12:11 PM by Ascendant (Éireann Ascendant: An Irish History Blog)

Article on Liam Lynch and his management of the Irish Civil War as it dragged on.

The Irrelevance of Discourse: Liam Lynch and the Tightening of the Civil War, 1922-3 (Part VI)

A week after the start of the fighting in Dublin, many assumed that the war was as good as over. The Free State had triumphed, ran the conventional wisdom, thanks to the might and valour of its National Army. For those anti-Treaty guerillas who still held out, the Irish Times had nothing but scorn:...
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Plunkett’s Liberty: Count Plunkett and the Liberty Clubs, April-August 1917 (Part V)

Posted August 25th, 2017 at 12:03 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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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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Mullingar in the War of Independence

Posted April 1st, 2016 at 05:01 AM by Ascendant (Éireann Ascendant: An Irish History Blog)

An article on a kidnapping incident by the Mullingar IRA during the War of Independence.

Kidnapped in Mullingar: An IRA Operation and its Aftermath, 1920

Two judicial officers for the Crown courts were abducted after leaving Mullingar by car en route to Castlepollard. Police and soldiers from the nearby British garrison searched the area, only to find no trace of the missing men besides their wrecked vehicle.

The hijacking had been carried out by the Mullingar...
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