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Children of the Rising:  The untold story of the young lives lost during Easter 1916

Children of the Rising: The untold story of the young lives lost during Easter 1916

Joe Duffy

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Handsomely produced and lavishly illustrated ... [Children of the Rising ] adds depth, colour and perspective to the picture that is being drawn of the Rising ... An important and timely book' Irish Independent

Shortlisted for the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2015

Shortly before noon on Easter Monday 1916, Catherine Foster left her home in 18 Manor Place in Stoneybatter, pushing her two-year-old child, John Francis, in his pram towards the city centre.

As she reached the junction of North King Street, she encountered a barricade being hastily built by the Volunteers under the leadership of Piaras Biaslaí. Just as she passed, a gun battle broke out as Lancers travelling along the quays were fired upon.

One was shot and another ‘galloped up Church Street firing wildly and was shot down after he had killed a child’. John Francis Foster was aged two years and ten months when he was shot in his pram. His mother rushed around the corner to the Richmond Hospital but it was too late, he having been ‘shot through the head at level of ears’.

He was the first of 30 children aged sixteen and under who were killed during the Easter Rising. It was almost by accident that I decided to find out the number of children killed during the Rising. The children’s charity Jack and Jill asked 100 ‘well-known’ people to paint a four-foot egg for public display in the period leading up to Easter 2013.

Being an amateur artist, I knew I would need a decent story to back up any painting I might conjure. Conflating the charity and the occasion, the idea of listing the children killed in the Easter Rising suggested itself. And given that the most memorable line for many from the Proclamation is ‘cherishing all the children of the nation equally’, it is appropriate that we should list the children who died in the six days after it was pasted to the front of the GPO.

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Author Joe Duffy
Publisher Hachette Books
Publication date 8 Oct 2015
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9781473617056

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