One hundred years ago, former comrades in the Irish fight for freedom turned their guns on each other.
It may help to know that the book is written by an Australian-born journalist, now living in Dublin. She comes to the story as a neutral outsider, unburdened by the many educational and social experiences that an Irish writer would carry.
‘The Facts are that the Irish Republic exists.’
It is difficult to write about it – or, indeed, read about it – without anger,
Irish History Circle – The Secret History of Dublin’s Streets and Cathal Brugha
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….
After all the excitement of the Rising, he worked doggedly to help people who had been part of it.
During Easter Week Lucy hid arms, and mobilised Cumann na mBan. In 1916 Lucy was romantically linked with Con Colbert, one of the sixteen executed leaders who called her ‘the nicest girl in Dublin.’
Exploring Glasnevin The process of providing detailed and dignified funerals for the Catholics of Ireland had been one that faced harsh limitations until the 1830s. The Penal Laws and ongoing discriminatory actions by religious and government officials journeyed through a process of repeal and debate, however it was a funeral in 1823 that altered the …