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By Mick O'Farrell

A choice of interesting and weird info from one of many largest occasions in Irish heritage. The 1916 emerging was once Ireland's first step at the highway to independence, yet even those that recognize greatly approximately it can no longer understand that there have been transitority ceasefires round St Stephen's eco-friendly to permit the park-keeper to feed the Green's geese. Few comprehend that the 1st pictures of the emerging have been truly fired close to Portlaoise or certainly that each side issued receipts: the rebels for meals, the British for rebels! 50 belongings you did not find out about 1916 beneficial properties excerpts from formerly unpublished diaries—one written by means of a civilian, and one written below fireplace by means of a member of the Jacob's manufacturing unit garrison. It additionally tells the tale of the way the British army shelled the routes into Galway urban to disperse rebels below the command of Liam Mellows, and the way the officer who took Pearse's quit went directly to turn into a Hollywood star.50 issues is a treasure trove of knowledge that would appeal...

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O’Grady shot here. Helped along down York St past Col of Surgeons held by our fellows & back to factory. ’ Volunteer O’Grady died shortly afterwards. Interestingly, de Brún’s diary ends on that Saturday, 29 April 1916, but inside the back cover a different hand continues the story and has written: ‘This diary was found in Jacob’s factory after the rising in Easter 1916. ’ This is signed ‘J. Doyle’. (The name J. ) The rebellion ended on Sunday, and in his official statement thirty-three years later, de Brún says that men wept bitterly with disappointment and many smashed their guns rather than surrender them.

Others. Volunteers involved. ’ From then on, in between notes about unions, social visits and bank accounts, there are entries about munitions, Volunteer parades, printing press seizures and Volunteer expulsions. Fascinating as all that is, though, what sets this diary apart is that de Brún evidently carried it with him throughout the rebellion, making it possibly the only surviving diary written by a rank and file Volunteer ‘under fire’ (and therefore without the benefit of hindsight). With tiny writing, on small pages, de Brún’s diary isn’t easy to decipher; nevertheless, unpublished as it is, the diary gives us a real flavour of what it was like to have been an ordinary Volunteer caught up in momentous events – events which weren’t immediately popular with the local population.

Thanks also to Eoin Purcell and the team at Mercier Press for taking me on – again. Note: Every effort has been made to acknowledge the sources of all photographs used. Should a source not have been acknowledged, please contact Mercier Press and we will make the necessary corrections at the first opportunity. Introduction I’ve been a student of the Easter Rising for a long time now, and in that time I’ve learned many things. When my interest in the rebellion began, I used to think that since, at a very basic level, the Rising started and ended within a single week, it would be a finite area of study.

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