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.
After the Rising bridges the gap between May 1916 and the Truce in mid-1921.During this period the justice system appeared to be in constant crisis as the authorities struggled to deal with the growing insurrection in the years following the Easter Rebellion.
the final end of the Irish nation was at hand, unless they acted dramatically to call back the nation’s soul from the very shadow of death.