Battle of the Boyne 1690: The Irish campaign for the English by Michael McNally

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By Michael McNally

In April 1685, James II ascended the English throne. An overt Catholic, James proved unpopular along with his Protestant topics, and a gaggle of nobles invited the Dutch prince William of Orange to take the throne within the excellent Revolution of 1688; James II fled to France. James again in 1689, a French fleet touchdown him at Kinsale in eire. On 14 June 1690, William led a military to eire and got here face-to-face with the Jacobites alongside the banks of the Boyne close to Drogheda. This booklet describes the occasions that resulted in the momentous conflict on 1 July that may come to a decision the destiny of the crown of britain.

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One after another, couples were bitterly breaking up and sometimes reconfiguring in awkward new arrangements. Meanwhile, Jamie and I were getting restless ourselves, and older. Ireland had always promised a separate reality, a place where we could let down our guard and slide into the amble of conversation, both feeling like we somehow just fit. This conceit may have been no more than a holiday-steeped dream, but its sway held. We contemplated moving to certain seashore towns closer to home, but they seemed too similar to what we already had, promising more of the same dull earnestness and fastidiously programmed lives that we wanted to escape, if only for one more fling at youth or freedom before it was too late.

Inside, a pair of sofa-ridden high-ceilinged sitting rooms gave way to an airy modern kitchen, which opened onto a slate patio. Beyond, tall hedges and small trees wreathed a tennis-court-sized rectangle of lawn. Upstairs, on what’s called a “first floor” (as opposed to the “floor zero” below), waited three bedrooms and a study, bifurcated by more steps and landings leading to a top floor. From there, downtown Cork could be seen tucked in between the twin branches of the River Lee, with squat freighters docked at grain silos almost close enough to be hit with a flung stone.

Our town was a picture-book place with white-steepled churches, a red clapboard-covered bridge over a trout-filled river, and eight hundred full-time residents, most of who knew each other well – too well. At night we could hear coyotes yowl, and wild turkeys giving up the ghost to feasting great horned owls and bobcats. Harris was enthralled with the life in that forest. He, Owen, and Laura would happily idle away their summer days on the lake five minutes down the path from the door we never locked.

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