The Intelligence authorities found it difficult to accept that parents whose eldest adult child had been executed for his role in the Easter Rising, and who moreover had two more sons Volunteers (initially sentenced to death but commuted to 10-year sentences), were not actively involved in the Rising.
One hundred years ago this month, Ireland found that it had to deal with former comrades fighting and killing each other.
One hundred years ago, former comrades in the Irish fight for freedom turned their guns on each other.
‘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.