Category Archives: Conflict

As British as the Irish themselves

Recently, in conversation with a colleague, I remarked upon a concept which I felt was pretty straightforward. Cut and dry even. That as part of the British home islands, pre-independence Ireland was disproportionally policed. Now it was, there is no … Continue reading

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‘The Write Stuff’

The difficult part of blogging is not in the writing. Believe it or not having something to say has never been a hard thing for me to do! Rather it is to find (a) the time and (b) the right thing to … Continue reading

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Grade Inflation

    In academia there’s a term which is spoken of in hushed tones: Grade Inflation. It refers to the alleged slow, but steady, increase in grades by students across all sectors and abilities. It appears from some data as … Continue reading

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The hardest part

What you don’t realise is that waiting is the hardest part. I don’t sleep anymore. Not really. I wait. Granted its in a bed and at night. It’s dark and quiet. The world has slipped to slumber. But it eludes … Continue reading

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A Broad Church too far?

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/taoiseach-should-visit-graves-of-british-soldiers-killed-in-1916-says-ex-tory-mp-1.2169232 Last week I wrote about the ‘bandwagoneering’ of the Easter Rising. This week’s blog is in a similar vein. The Commanding Officer of the Sherwood Forresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment), some of the soldiers who helped suppress the Rising, … Continue reading

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Questionable Memories and Bandwagoneers

Memorial to British in 1916 centenary http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/memorial-to-british-in-1916-centenary-321506.html?utm_source=androidapp&utm_medium=share&utm_campaign=sharebutton The difficult thing about Irish history is memory. Well perhaps memory and the bandwagon. Little know fact but the GPO was like the Tardis; it’s garrison during the 1916 Rising held thousands of … Continue reading

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How to spot a Russian bomber

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-31537705

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To Put Down a Marker

 was an officer in the Royal Irish Constabulary, a proud Tipperary man and an international rugby player (he played the Irish rugby team which met Wales in 1881; the Welsh won their first ever international match that day, 2 Goals … Continue reading

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There can be only One

The unkillable soldier http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30685433 The image that comes to most people’s mind when they imagine veterans, is that of venerable old men (and increasingly women), sitting with their medals showing, usually in a quiet room. Generally they are alone… The … Continue reading

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What should Uruguay do with its Nazi eagle?

What should Uruguay do with its Nazi eagle? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-30471063

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The Historian and the Arts/or the ‘Temporal Engineer’

I have been thinking about writing this post for some time. But I caution you the avid reader, just because I have devoted considerable thought to something does not mean I have advanced it thoroughly! You have been warned! This … Continue reading

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Limerick’s Military & Logistical Heritage

Limerick, my own adopted city, has a proud and even some would say defiant history of involvement in military affairs. From the Williamite siege of the city, to this year’s 75th anniversary celebration of the Irish Army’s Limerick based 12th … Continue reading

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Irish Home Rule and the First World War: A Video History by Ronan McGreevy

Irish Home Rule and the First World War   This fantastic short video introduction to the topic of Irish Home Rule and the impact which the advent of the First World War had on it, is brought to you by … Continue reading

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Uncivilised Actions in a Civil War

With the world’s rather limited attention span at present being directed at the horrors that are the civil wars in both Ukraine and Iraq/Syria, one could almost be forgiven for thinking that the Irish road to eventual independence came with … Continue reading

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Nationwide Once Again

Last night rté, Ireland’s national television station, broadcast the first of three shows dedicated to the tensions and histories of the men and women who gave their lives in what would become known as the First World War.  The Nationwide programme … Continue reading

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An Irishman’s Diary on Hubert Gough, an enigmatic general

http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/an-irishman-s-diary-on-hubert-gough-an-enigmatic-general-1.1858372

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Pity the Nations

Art imitates life with alarming regularity, especially in our twenty-first century, but it is rarely seen whereby life returns the favour. Unfortunately the ongoing civil war in Syria is doing just that.     The Crusaders’ castle, Krak des Chevaliers … Continue reading

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Cold war haunting the Israel-Gaza conflict

  What weapons are being used in the Israel-Gaza conflict http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28245343 Israel might be a cutting edge weapons producer, but the weapons which it’s enemies deploys against it are a blast (pun unintended) from the past. This short story from … Continue reading

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Remember the Alamo?

Phil Collins donates Alamo hoard http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-28054287 Collection of military memorabilia is at an all time. With the natural rise in interest in the First World War with the centenary of that conflict rapidly approaching. In this case it’s Phil Collins … Continue reading

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Olympian and POW Zamperini dies

Olympian and POW Zamperini dies http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28149957

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Alba go Bráth?

Everyone Scottish child and adult knows that the Battle of Bannockburn was a famous victory for the Scottish over their persecutors the hated English. Or so the popular story goes…. But what was the Battle of Bannockburn really about? What … Continue reading

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Rorke’s Drift heroes Immortalised

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-27762901 It is quite sad to think that even though a tremendous action (is battle the right word here?) took place, scores killed and wounded on both sides, heroism unparalleled in modern history and what are we left with? A film, … Continue reading

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“Black and Tans” in Palestine

Ireland was only the beginning for the Black and Tans…. Continue reading

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Bowe Bergdahl: What does a returning POW need?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-27805816

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Countess Markievicz’s Court Martial records

Constance Gore Booth aka Countess Markievicz is listed in this record from the National Archives of the United Kingdom, Kew. She was an active member of the Irish Citizen Army before and during the Easter Rising of 1916 and afterwards … Continue reading

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Countess Markievicz’s Court Martial records

Constance Gore Booth aka Countess Markievicz is listed in this record from the National Archives of the United Kingdom, Kew. She was an active member of the Irish Citizen Army before and during the Easter Rising of 1916 and afterwards … Continue reading

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Allez des Cauchemars

France’s forgotten Blitz http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-27703724 Today marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Occupied France. The actual landings themselves were preceeded by a massive aerial bombardment of the Nazi held French coastal areas of Normandy. As many as 50,000 … Continue reading

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Rising Anger

http://www.independent.ie/opinion/analysis/centenary-will-breathe-life-into-old-rising-myths-30263185.html   There is an unspoken hatred among historians, especially military historians and that is the myth! Mythology in Irish life is a fantastic and wonderful thing; it has shaped our existence, our cultural history and even influenced how we … Continue reading

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Necessity is the mother is of invention…

Ever wonder how the humble wristwatch was invented??? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-26935867

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The not so silent Killer…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27365003   PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is affecting more British veterans than ever before. A British charity says that it’s treating over 4,500 veterans, the greatest number ever presenting with symptoms consistent with the affliction, the greatest number in … Continue reading

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Lest we forget

The community of Listowel in County Kerry, Republic of Ireland ought to be congratulated. From such a small town, so many great writers have come forth (John B. Keane, Bryan MacMahon, etc), sporting greats (Owen “The Bomber” Liston, Tadhg Keenly, … Continue reading

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College prepared to return NI tapes

College prepared to return NI tapes http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-27286543 A very worrying possible direction for archival material. Regrettably the highly emotive case of the McConvilles could ignite passions concerning the keeping of incindiary archival records. The difficulty for historians and especially historians … Continue reading

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Is Afghanistan really impossible to conquer?

Is Afghanistan really impossible to conquer? This piece by the BBC cogently sets forth the disquieting fact that Afghanistan is a place where foreign armies come to wither and leave. The British, Soviets and now ISAF all have failed to … Continue reading

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‘A bed to lie o…

‘A bed to lie on, and enough food to keep life in us to enable us to work, is all any of us should think of now.’ When Terence MacSwiney was attempting to keep the Irish Volunteers out of the … Continue reading

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