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First-hand Accounts from Ireland’s Revolutionary Years, 1913–22

A fascinating view of a vital period in Irish history, from 1913 to Independence, based on statements made by nearly 2,000 people between 1947 and 1957 about their role in Ireland's fight for freedom. Eamonn Duggan explores the individual contributions of these remarkable people, and what they add to the history we thought we knew. 

Hardback: €19.99
Hardback: 256 pages
Size:226x155 mm
ISBN: 9781788492713

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Category: History

Nearly 2,000 people gave detailed statements to the Bureau of Military History between 1947 and 1957 about their role in Ireland's fight for freedom. The statements are the recollections of many of those who participated in the 1916 Easter Rising and the War of Independence, 1919-1921.  Recently released to scholars and researchers, they allow a much broader view of what actually happened in the fateful decade that led to independence from the British Empire. They offer a remarkable window into a tumultuous era in Ireland’s modern history when men and women rose up against British rule and demanded independence.

The statements examined in the book reflect the views of republican men and women from all facets of society. They were urban and rural dwellers middle and working-class individuals, farmers, labourers and professionals, all of whom, came together in the pursuit of one common goal. Their statements confirm the commitment they gave to the independence cause and are testaments to the courage and determination they displayed in their efforts to achieve a free and independent Ireland.     

Eamonn Duggan explores the individual contributions of these remarkable people, and what they add to the history we thought we knew. A fascinating view of a vital period in Irish history, from 1913 to Independence.

Eamonn Duggan

EAMONN DUGGAN is a native of Wexford Town. A retired teacher and former Head of History at Avondale Community College in Rathdrum, County Wicklow, he holds a Master’s Degree in Modern History. Historian in residence for Ireland’s Own magazine, he has contributed in excess of 400 articles to the magazine, and is the main contributor to the very successful and popular Centenary Annual since 2016. He has been commissioned to write a special issue on the life of Michael Collins, to be published on the centenary of his death in August 2022. Eamonn has also contributed to various academic and historical society publications. In 2014, he delivered the annual Ivy Day oration in commemoration of Charles Stewart Parnell.

In the spirit of Antony Beevor and Max Hastings … practically every page of this book contains some fascinating detail … it is a penetrating insight into the human reality of this tumultuous period, and of the bravery of ordinary men and women who fought for the cause of Irish freedom

Tuam Herald

beautifully produced … In the book Duggan brings the reader many stories of unsung heroes, tragedy and raw courage, incredible inventiveness and resourcefulness … a collection of wonderful stories from an era which continues to enthral and engage those of us who are interested in Ireland's modern history.

Ireland’s Own

beautifully produced … In the book Duggan brings the reader many stories of unsung heroes, tragedy and raw courage, incredible inventiveness and resourcefulness … a collection of wonderful stories from an era which continues to enthral and engage those of us who are interested in Ireland's modern history

Ireland’s Own

fascinating

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