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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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Memento Mori – Morior Invictus

Being a historian is difficult. There’s the slog work as I call it; the readings, the theories, the whiteboard sessions, the late nights and early mornings, the travel (and travel food and budgets and not having a proper workspace on … Continue reading

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Mullinahone RIC station

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Beyond the Balmoral: Major Claude Raul Champion de Crespigny

  http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/paintings/major-claude-raul-champion-de-crespigny-18781941-5th-bt-49166   A portrait of a fine gentleman and Auxiliary Policeman, Claude Raul Champion de Crespigny, 5th Baronet.   This family had an interesting time of it. From the end of the Second World War, the baronetcy passed three … Continue reading

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The RIC (Royal Italian Constabulary)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28254297 The carabinieri have served Italy for 200 years in a fashion similar to other gendarmeries. Indeed when one considers matters the similarities between it and the now defunct Royal Irish Constabulary are striking. Neither force attracts recruits from particularly … 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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Cell now has another meaning in counterinsurgency

Cell now has another meaning in counterinsurgency. (image from http://www.todayinirishhistory.com) This is an interesting article regarding the relative ease and frailties of both modern insurgencies and civilized life. An interesting parallel to draw between this action and the formation of … Continue reading

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The Other Auxiliaries

This is the text of a paper which I presented in March at Queen’s University Belfast, concerning Women Police Auxiliaries during the Anglo-Irish War, 1919-1921. Introduction The Anglo-Irish War (1919-1921) was a conflict characterised by concomitant cycles of revolutionary terror, … Continue reading

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