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Encyclopedia > Republic of Connaught

The Republic of Connaught was an Irish break away state established with French military support during the Irish Rebellion of 1798. There was little effective government, given the state's brief and troubled existence. Whether it was even recognised by France is unknown. Its borders changed rapidly before eventual defeat. Most of today's Connacht was under its realm at its height. The Irish Rebellion of 1798 (Éirí Amach 1798 in Irish Gaelic), or 1798 rebellion as it is known locally, was an uprising in 1798, lasting several months, against the British dominated Kingdom of Ireland. ... Connaught redirects here. ...


The republic was proclaimed following the victory of French and Irish forces at the Battle of Castlebar under the leadership of French General Humbert. The president of the Republic of Connaught was John Moore. The battle of Castlebar occurred on 27th August during the 1798 rebellion when a combined force of 2,000 French troops and Irish rebels routed a force of 6,000 British troops in what would later became known as the “Races of Castlebar”. // Background The long awaited French landing to...


Although achieving a spectacular victory, the losses of the French and Irish were high, losing about 150 men, mostly to the cannonade at the start of the battle. The British suffered over 350 casualties of which about 80 were killed, the rest either wounded or captured, including perhaps 150 who joined the rebels. Following the victory, thousands of volunteers flocked to join the French who also sent a request to France for reinforcements.


Ultimately defeated by Cornwallis at the Battle of Ballinamuck the republic ceased to exist and the Kingdom of Ireland was absorbed into the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in 1801. Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis (December 31, 1738 – October 5, 1805) was an English military commander and colonial governor. ... The Battle of Ballinamuck was the last land battle of the 1798 Rebellion in Ireland. ... Capital Dublin Head of state King of Ireland Kings representative: Variously called Judiciar, Lord Deputy or Lord Lieutenant of Ireland Head of government: Chief Secretary for Ireland Parliament: Irish House of Commons and Irish House of Lords The Kingdom of Ireland was the name given to the English-ruled... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right)1 Capital London Head of State King or Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Head of Government Prime Minister Parliament House of Commons, House of Lords This article is about the historical state called the... The Union Jack, flag of the newly formed United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. ...


 
 

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