The Irish Confederate Wars

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The Irish Confederate Wars

Eleven Years of War in Ireland 1641 - 1653

Rebellion of 1641 in Ulster

1642 - The Conspiracy : in Kilkenny the Association of The Confederate Catholics of Ireland is formed. The Confederation is an inclusive coalition of both Gaelic and Old English families in Ireland.

1642 - 1649 - The Irish Condeferate War : Loyal to King Charles, the Confederation fought against Scottish Covenanter and English Parliamentarian armies in Ireland, though they never sent military help to the Royalists in England. They did send help the Scottish Royalists, sparking the Scottish Civil War.

Three main Protestant factions in Ireland -
English Royalist
English Parliamentarian
Scottish Covenanter
The Catholic Confederates divided -
Those loyal to the Catholic religion
Those loyal to King Charles I

1649 - 1653 - The Cromwellian Conquest of Ireland : The wars ended with the conquest of Ireland by the New Model Army under Oliver Cromwell

The English parliament confiscated land owned by Irish Catholics (some land returned following the 1660 Restoration of the monarchy in England)

see Wikipedia : Timeline of the Irish Confederate Wars

Research Notes

No one name has ever been agreed for the war that was fought in Ireland from 1641 until 1652. Commonly it has been referred to as the 1641 rebellion, the Confederate War or the Cromwellian War. But in fact these describe only parts of the conflict. The one term that unifies them is the contemporary Irish language term Cogadh na haon deag mbliana or the Eleven Years War.The Irish Story

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