‘The Facts are that the Irish Republic exists.’
a new online service that chronicles Ireland’s military past.
Mannix and De Valera had swapped places; De Valera in his early years wanted to be a bishop, Mannix now aspired to the role of statesman
These oral histories detail the ordinary activist – those from working-class backgrounds who, in contrast to the revolutionary élite, rarely recorded their thoughts in letters, diaries or memoirs.
It is difficult to write about it – or, indeed, read about it – without anger,
for him nothing remotely matched these Irish events in importance.
The aim of The Children’s Relief Fund was to relieve hardship, assist with building reconstruction, and to support breadwinners in prison.
Michael Collins decided the best way was to have an intelligence system of his own, that would be superior to anything the British could do….
‘Murder wasn’t enough. These guardians of one version of independence would ration even human sympathy.’
After all the excitement of the Rising, he worked doggedly to help people who had been part of it.