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Voices from the Easter Rising

Voices from the Easter Rising

Edited by Ruán O’Donnell and Mícheál Ó hAodha

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Giving voice once more to the protagonists beyond the pantheon of martyrs, for those seeking an accurate understanding of how the events of Easter Week actually took place, this is essential reading.

Voices from the Easter Rising is a vivid collection of dramatic eyewitness accounts of the events of Easter Week 1916, which detail how the Rising unfolded in Dublin and in a range of other Irish cities, towns and villages. Extraordinary first-hand testimonies from the ranks of the Irish Volunteers, the Irish Citizen Army, Cumann na mBan, the British Army, members of the public and civil servants reveal how, in the streets of Dublin and around the country, the lives of its citizens were changed forever.

Drawn from previously unpublished letters, diaries, memoirs, statements from the Bureau of Military History and contemporary publications, these moving narratives undercut divides of nation, rank and gender, and provide an invaluable insight into this period of conflict. They also provide the reader with a direct and immediate portrayal of the actions and emotions of the revolutionaries and the forces they raged against.

Giving voice once more to the protagonists beyond the pantheon of martyrs, for those seeking an accurate understanding of how the events of Easter Week actually took place, this is essential reading.

Table of Contents


  • Chapter 1 – Bureau of Military History eyewitness accounts
  • Chapter 2 – From The GPO and the Easter Rising by Keith Jeffery
  • Chapter 3 – From The World Upturning: Elsie Henry’s Wartime Diaries
  • Chapter 4 – From Deputy Judge Advocate Sir Alfred Bucknill on courts martial
  • Chapter 5 – From the Norway family in The Sinn Fein Rebellion as they Saw It
  • Chapter 6 – From Robert Brennan autobiography Allegiance (1950)
  • Chapter 7 – From O Gaora, On The Run: Diary of a Irish Republican
  • Chapter 8 – From Frank Robbins, a 1916 veteran and later historian of the organization
  • Chapter 9 – From Des Ryan, aide to Patrick Pearse
  • Chapter 10 – From Frank De Burca on action around O’Connell Street
  • Chapter 11 – Eamon Price on the north inner city
  • Chapter 12 – J.J. Scollan’s Hibernian Rifles, an armed element of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (Irish American Alliance)
  • Chapter 13 – From Máire Nic Siubhlaigh’s The Splendid Years
  • Chapter 14 – The dramatic mission of Nora Connolly O’Brien from Liberty Hall to East Tyrone
  • Chapter 15 – Annie Mannion, Assistant Matron of the South Dublin Union, which was the centre of heavy fighting in Easter Week
  • Chapter 16 – Volunteers and Cumann na mBan testimonies: Maeve McGarry, Aine Ceannt and Aine O’Rahilly Outside Dublin
  • Chapter 17 – Frank Gaskin relates how he joined the Republican Movement in Liverpool before returning to Ireland to participate in the Howth and Kilcoole gunrunnings of 1914
  • Chapter 18 – Chief of Staff, Eoin MacNeill
  • Chapter 19 – Sean McNamara describes the confusing situation in Clare
  • Chapter 20 – Tim O’Shea notes the contemporary position in Limerick city and county
  • Chapter 21 – Aftermath of the loss of the Aud arms ship is relayed by Eamon O’Shea
  • Chapter 22 – Situation in Cork recalled by PJ Murphy, Robert Langford and Con Ahern
  • Chapter 23 – Louth, a link to those who partially mobilized in Ulster, is recalled by Frank Martin
  • Chapter 24 – Wexford witnessed considerable republican activity, captured by leading commander Bob Brennan

The Author Dr Ruán O’Donnell is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Limerick. His most recent books, Special Category: The IRA in English Prisons Parts 1 and 2 (IAP/Merrion, 2012, 2015) are amongst his many noteworthy publications.

Dr Mícheál Ó hAodha works at the University of Limerick where he is a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of History. With Ruán O’Donnell he was co-editor of The Irish Volunteers 1913-1915 (Merrion, 2013).

Additional Information

Author Edited by Ruán O’Donnell and Mícheál Ó hAodha
Publisher Merrion
Publication date 18 Mar 2016
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781785370663

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