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The Easter Rising 1916:  Molly's Diary - Patricia Murphy

This book is part of The Hands on History series from Poolbeg. It's about a twelve year old girl called Molly, who writes everything down about the Easter Rising in 1916 which is happening around her.  Her father is the Chief Technical Officer at the General Post Office (GPO), who is in charge of the telegraph lines. Her sixteen year old brother, Jack, is secretly a Fianna boy scout led my Countess Markievicz and is working for rebel leaders.  Then Jack disappears & Molly sets off to find him.

blood upon the roseBlood Upon the Rose: Easter 1916 - Gerry Hunt

The book covers the story from the early planning to the final executions and includes the tragic romance between Joseph Plunkett and Grace Gifford - it is the story of the rising, told as a graphic novel.



1916 - Portraits & Lives

This book is a selection of 40 articles from the Royal Irish Academy's Dictionary of Irish Biography, dealing with 42 men and women whose careers, in one way or another, were deeply involved with the Easter rising of 1916. The biographies selected compose an inclusively broad picture of the rising, representing the spectrum of personalities and perspectives that were involved in the event.


Inside the GPO 1916: A first-hand account - Joe Good

A first-hand account of the 1916 Rising and its aftermath brings alive the historic events that ushered in the beginnings of an independent Irish state. A Londoner and a member of the Irish Volunteers, Joe Good guarded the approach across O'Connell Bridge as the rebels took the centre of Dublin. He joined the garrison in the GPO, and describes at first hand the events of insurrection: the confusion, the heroism, and the tragedy of Easter Week.

After the Rising, Joe Good worked as an organiser for the Volunteers. He was a close associate of Michael Collins and his portrait of Collins provides fresh insight into his character, his competitiveness, and how he related to his men.

easter dawnEaster Dawn: The 1926 Rising - Turtle Bunbury

In the long and epic fight for Irish independence, few events match the drama and tragedy of the Easter Rising of 1916. Inspired by the legends of old and sharing the dream of an independent Ireland, an extraordinary alliance of men and women sought to overthrow British rule in Ireland. 'Easter Dawn' charts the story of the Rising from the landing of the guns at Howth in 1914, to the arrests and executions that followed it.  The fate of those involved - rebel and loyalist alike - is told through eyewitness accounts and media reports.

16 lives series

The Easter Rising of 1916 was an attempt by armed revolutionaries to overthrow British rule in Ireland. A small group of Irishmen and Irishwomen seized key building in Dublin and fought a pitched battle with British soldiers for one week. The execution of sixteen men awakened a generation to the cause of Irish freedom.

16 Lives will record the full story of those executed leaders …

city in wartimeA City in WarTime, Dublin 1914-1918 - Padraig Yeates

In the years 1914 to 1918 Dublin was utterly transformed. It was still recovering from the divisive class warfare of the 1913 Lockout when the First World War broke out. Twenty-five thousand men joined the British Army - many of them never to return - and the Easter Rising of 1916 transformed the city into a rebel stronghold.

This fascinating history looks at how the lives of ordinary Dubliners were affected by the changes wrought. Padraig Yeates examines the motivations of those who fought on both sides in the Easter Rising, why so many working-class Dublin men joined the British Army, how civilians survived the war years, the impact of the war on music halls, child cruelty, prostitution, public health and much more. Dublin as we know it was shaped in these years.

Easter Widows - Sinead McCoole

One week in May 1916, seven Irish women became widows. When they had married their husbands they had embarked on very different lives. They married men of the establishment; one married a lecturer, two others married soldiers, another a civil servant.

These women all knew each other and their lives became intertwined. For the seven women whose stories are told in Easter Widows, their husbands' interest in Irish culture, citizenship and rights became a fight for independence which at Easter 1916 took the form of military action against the British. These men were among the leaders who formed a provisional government of the Irish Republic and issued a proclamation of Irish Independence.

rebel sistersRebel Sisters - Marita Conlon McKenna

One could loosely describe this as 'romantic non-fiction' as it is written in a 'romantic fiction' style but very much based on fact.  Following the lives of the Gifford sisters from 1901 through to the the 1916 rising, this book is easy to read but packed full of info not only on Nellie, Grace and Muriel but also some of the 1916 leaders, including Thomas McDonagh and Joe Plunkett.  Nellie herself was stationed in the College of Surgeons and the chapters describing the fighting and the conditions suffered by the rebels are particularly emotive.





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