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Sisters of the Revolutionaries: The Story of Margaret and Mary Brigid Pearse

Sisters of the Revolutionaries: The Story of Margaret and Mary Brigid Pearse

Teresa and Mary Louise O’Donnell

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In Sisters of the Revolutionaries the true extent of the sisters’ relationship with Patrick and Willie is revealed, along with the trials they faced in the wake of Easter 1916. This fascinating biography uncovers the dimensions of the Pearse sisters’ terrible estrangement, but also the joys that were the pattern of their upbringing, and their own formidable talents.

Sisters of the Revolutionaries focuses on the lives of Margaret and Mary Brigid Pearse, whose brothers, Patrick and Willie, were executed for their role in the Easter Rising and have been commemorated as martyrs ever since. Comparatively little is known about the two sisters, despite their considerable talents and their efforts to uphold the image of their brothers’ legacies.

Margaret was an Irish language activist, politician and educator, working with Patrick in founding St Enda’s School in Dublin and taking it into her own hands following his execution. Mary Brigid was a musician and author of short stories and children’s fiction. The sisters’ successes were divergent, however, and their deep affection for their brothers never extended towards each other.

Teresa and Mary Louise O’Donnell provide a fascinating insight into the lives of Margaret and Mary Brigid, illuminating the many joys of their upbringing, their personal trials following the Rising, and the poignant disintegration of their own relationship later in life. This book reveals the previously unknown importance of the Pearse sisters’ contributions and the formidability of their characters.

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Author Teresa and Mary Louise O’Donnell
Publisher Merrion
Publication date 27 Feb 2017
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781785371073

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