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Thirst For Freedom

Thirst For Freedom

Eddie Bohan

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In this overview of the role of alcohol in the war for Irish independence, author and historian Eddie Bohan traces the vital place of the Irish pub as a meeting place, a safe house and even as banker for the Irish revolution.

In her long struggle for independence, Ireland had one vital weapon that the British neither possessed nor fully appreciated and, as the shots of her battle for Independence rang out, the rebel forces perfected its use with deadly consequences. Eventually Ireland acquired almost 15,000 of these weapons. Some of them fell into Britain’s or her agents’ hands, some remained neutral, but the vast majority were in Irish Nationalist hands and, without them, Ireland might not be as free, as she is today.

That weapon was the Public House and its ammunition was the publican, the building itself where the licensee traded and the bar staff who maintained this weapon. Without the public house Ireland could well be still part of the British Empire.

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Author Eddie Bohan
Publisher Kilmainham Tales
Publication date 16 Oct 2020
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781908056900

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