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The Howth Gun-Running and the Kilcoole Gun-Running: Recollections & Documents

The Howth Gun-Running and the Kilcoole Gun-Running: Recollections & Documents

F.X. Martin. This edition edited by Ruán O’Donnell and Mícheál Ó hAodha

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An invaluable historical record of the first nationalist military operation in Ireland’s twentieth-century independence struggle.

An invaluable historical record of the first nationalist military operation in Ireland's twentieth-century independence struggle written by the leaders of Irish nationalism, including Erskine Childers, Darrell Figgis, Pádraig Pearse, Bulmer Hobson, Arthur Griffith, Roger Casement, Seán MacDiarmada and Eoin MacNeill among many others which gives a fascinating and unique 'running account' of the planning, execution, and aftermath of the operation as told by the men and women 'on the ground'.

This unique compendium of historical documents dating from 1914, and collected by FX Martin in 1964, is considered the definitive history of the Howth & Kilcoole Gun-Running. The letters and diary-entries written by the chief protagonists are remarkable first-hand accounts and provide a running commentary on the momentous events of July/August 1914, when German weapons were illegally landed in Ireland by sea. The rifles procured for the Irish Volunteers transformed perceptions of the organization and convinced many ordinary Nationalists that London would be obliged to deliver on the long promised implementation of Home Rule. The complex seaborne operation was replete with acts of courage and endeavour and the fascinating letters, diary entries, eyewitness accounts and reports in this remarkable collection provide an unrivalled perspective on the event as it unfolded, ultimately constituting a genuinely extraordinary record of one of the most significant events in modern Irish history.

This comprehensive collection is an essential record of the time. It is also notable for charting the early militant activism of Eamon de Valera, Liam Mellows, Sean McDiarmada and many others who left their mark on the evolution of modern Ireland.

Table of Contents Original Foreword by ‘His Excellency, Éamon de Valera’, 1964 New Foreword by Éamon Ó Cuív, 2014 Introduction by Rev. Professor F. X. Martin, O.S.A., University College Dublin, 1964 New Introduction by Ruán O’Donnell and Mícheál Ó hAodha, 2014 SOLDIERS WITHOUT ARMS The Irish Volunteers in 1914

1. Proclamations prohibiting the carriage and importation of arms into Ireland, 1913

2. Conservatives and Orangemen defy the Government 1913-1914

3. Arms and drill by Ernest Blythe

4. Defence of Ireland Fund for Arms

5. No hostility to the Ulster Volunteer Force and the Unionists

6. We must have rifles

7. Over the Ulster frontier PLANNING THE GUN-RUNNING

8. Alice Stopford Green by Maire Comerford

9. Erskine Childers

10. Plans are laid in London by Darrell Figgis

11. List of subscribers to the gun-running fund

12. The boat at Foynes: Erskine Childers to his wife, 22 May 1914

13. Childers and Figgis in quest of guns, May 1914

14. Buying the guns at Hamburg by Darrell Figgis

15. Final Plans at Dublin: Erskine Childers to his wife, 21 June 2014

16. Everything completed: Figgis to Childers, Hamburg, 7 July 1914

17. Now or never! Padraig Pearse to Joe McGarrity 17 July 1914

18. The Asgard GUNS ON THE HIGH SEAS

19. Rendezvous at the Roetigen lightship by Darrell Figgis

20. The first stage of the journey: Gordon Shephard to his mother, 9 July 1914

21. Diary of the Asgard, July 1914: Mary Spring Rice

22. Letters from the Asgard: Mrs Erskine Childers to Mrs Stopford Green

23. Conor O’Brien

24. Sir Thomas Myles

25. Contraband of war by Conor O’Brien

26. Guns for Kilcoole by Diarmaid Coffey THE GUNS ARRIVE

27. Waiting in Philadelphia for a telegram: Roger Casement to Mrs Stopford Green

28. The Plan succeeds by Bulmer Hobson

29. Challenge from police and soldiers by Darrell Figgis

30. Bringing in the guns by Arthur Griffith

31. Sealed Orders: the Fianna at Howth by Padraig O Riain

32. Watching from Howth Pier by Gordon Shephard

33. An eye-witness at Howth

34.The guns are safe: Sean MacDiarmada to John Daly, 26 July 1914

35. With the I.R.B. at Howth and Kilcoole by Harry Nicholls

36. What the Howth gun-running means: Pádraig Pearse to Joe McGarrity THE AFTERMATH

37. Bloodshed at Bachelor’s Walk from The Daily Chronicle, 27 July 1914

38. The greatest deed in Ireland for 100 years’: Casement to Mrs Stopford Green

39. What happened at Howth and Bachelor’s Walk: Eoin MacNeill to Casement

40. When the news reached Belfast by George Fitz Hardinge Berkeley

41. Danger and duty from The Irish Times, 27 July 1914

42. How matters now stand with the Volunteers: Padraig Pearse to Joe McGarrity, 12 August 1914

43. ‘My old Howth gun’

Additional Information

Author F.X. Martin. This edition edited by Ruán O’Donnell and Mícheál Ó hAodha
Publisher Irish Academic Press
Publication date 1 Jan 2014
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781908928658

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