Looking back at a sad, futile war

13th August, 2017
A member of the National Army stands guard at a window armed with a revolver, circa 1922 Pic: Getty

History: The Civil War in Dublin: The Fight for the Irish Capital 1922-1924, By John Dorney, Irish Academic Press, €19.95

Winston Churchill observed that no military plan ever survived the dreaded word “Charge!” Imagine, then, how chaotic and vindictive a war would be if one side could agree on no single military goal, beyond trying to reignite a war with Britain that the Irish public were sick of, and if the other side...

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