By Michael Newton
A guide of the Scottish Gaelic international focuses upon Gaelic cultural survival from the twelfth to the 18th centuries.
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Corbis) Four Courts and some of its neighbouring buildings whilst sympathizers from outside Dublin surrounded the encircling Provisional Government troops. The flaw in the plan was that in order to maintain the moral high ground no coherent orders for a Republican offensive on Dublin were issued. The Executive wanted the Provisional Government's forces to fire the first shot and thus bear the blame for starting the war. In the end all this course of action achieved was to give the NA a free hand to clear Republican forces out of the capital.
Instead they chose to virtually replicate the excessively military gesture of Easter 1916 and seize key points in Dublin then simply sit back and await the consequences. With most of the rebel Executive's members holed up in the Four Courts they were unable to direct operations in Munster or any other Republican stronghold. It was a failing that characterized the strategic direction of their operations throughout the war. In essence the military conduct of the Irish Civil War can be divided into three distinct phases.
A swift counter-attack retook the town and on 30 July the Dublin Guards stormed Bruree. These were the NA's best troops and after a five-hour firefight with close artillery support they managed to force Deasy's men out. On 2 August the Republicans attempted to re-take Bruree using three armoured cars but the assault failed. Faced with a degenerating situation Deasy decided to break contact and withdraw towards Kilmallock, pursued by over 3,000 NA troops supported by armoured cars, artillery and aircraft.