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The book of the major events, the major players and the consequences of this historic moment in Irish history are illuminated by Tim Pat Coogan¿s authoritative text and by historic photographic material.
On Easter Monday 1916, while much of Dublin holidayed at the seaside and placed bets at the horse races, a disciplined group of Irish Volunteers seized the city s General Post Office in what would become the defining act of rebellion against British rule and the most significant single event in modern Irish history. By week s end, the rebels had surrendered, and the siege had left the once magnificent GPO an empty shell and turned it into the most famous and deeply symbolic building in all of Ireland."
The story of the Easter Rising of 1916 from the perspective of those who made it, focusing on the experiences of rank and file revolutionaries. The book makes use of a unique collection of over 1,700 eye-witness statements that has only recently seen the light of day, representing one of the richest and most comprehensive oral history archives devoted to any modern revolution. Using this unique source, McGarry shows how people from ordinary backgrounds becamepoliticized and involved in the struggle for Irish independence in the early years of the twentieth century, illuminating their motives and aspirations and highlighting the importance of the Great War as acatalyst for the uprising. He concludes by exploring the Rising's revolutionary aftermath, which saw the creation of an Irish parliament, Dáil Éireann, and the Irish Republican Army's armed campaign to win independence.
"After quashing the Easter Rising of 1916, the British army court-martialled almost two hundred prisoners. Around ninety of them received death sentences, but the death penalty was confirmed only for the fifteen men considered by the British to be the leaders. All fifteen were executed." "For most of the twentieth century, official British records of the fifteen trials were kept a close secret and were in fact only released in 1999. Further material released in 2001 included the trial of Countess Markievicz and important evidence about 'shoot to kill' British military tactics." "These records, the subject of heated speculation and propaganda for over eighty years, are now presented in this book. The complete transcripts are all here, together with photographs of the Rising, the fifteen leaders and the key British players. Brian Barton's incisive commentary explains the context of the trials and the motivations of the leaders, providing an invaluable insight into what went on behind a closed door at a defining moment in Irish history."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
In an engaging family memoir, Frank Henderson, who became Commandant of the Second Battalion of Irish Volunteers, reveals the influence of his parents and the Christian Brothers in molding his militancy and pride in Irish culture.
Mrs Hamilton Norway's account of the Easter Rising was first published in 1916 and consists of family letters containing a faithful record of the Sinn Fein Rebellion as I saw it. Living in the Royal Hibernian Hotel in Dawson Street, she was especially well-placed to observe events."