Ruán O'Donnell

Ruán O'Donnell

RUAN O'DONNELL is head of the History Department at the University of Limerick & the official historian of the Robert Emmet Association. He has written for The Irish Times and several historical publications.

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Patrick Pearse

16Lives

On 24 April 1916, as President of the Provisional Government, Patrick Pearse appeared under the GPO Grand Portico on Dublin’s O’Connell Street and read aloud the Proclamation of the Irish Republic. Nine days later, he was the first of the rebel leaders to be executed. 

In the 16Lives biography series.

The Invincibles

The Phoenix Park Assassinations and the Conspiracy that Shook an Empire

Written by Dr. Shane Kenna, Introduced by Ruán O'Donnell, Foreword by Liz Gillis

In an Ireland still reeling from years of famine, with tenant farmers being evicted and left to starve for their inability to pay exorbitant rents, revolutionary fervour was growing. An inner circle of the IRB was formed, a secret assassination squad within a secret society – the Irish National Invincibles.

A Short History of Ireland's Famine

Featuring new material on the Irish Famine which has never been published before, this is a comprehensive and accessible overview of one of the most significant periods of Irish history.