An account of the events, personalities and repercussions of the Irish rebellion.
The Easter Rising began at 12 noon, 24 April, 1916 and lasted for six short but bloody days, resulting in the deaths of innocent civilians, the destruction of many parts of Dublin, and the true beginning of Irish independence.
The 1916 Rising was born out of the Conservative and Unionist parties' illegal defiance of the democratically expressed wish of the Irish electorate for Home Rule; and of confusion, mishap and disorganisation, compounded by a split within the Volunteer leadership.
The book introduces the major players, themes and outcomes of a drama that would profoundly affect twentieth-century Irish history. Not only is this the story of a turning point in Ireland's struggle for freedom, but also a testament to the men and women of courage and conviction who were prepared to give their lives for what they believed was right.
Published in paperback by Phoenix (Orion Books)
"Coogan has written an outstanding account ... enhanced by well-chosen historic photographs, maps and documents." - Celtic Connection
"A handsome book, with a wealth of brilliant illustrations ... The text is an extended essay that attempts not only to explain what happened and why, but also to find in it what he calls 'a cautionary tale for today'" - Irish Democrat.