Voices from the Easter Rising

Firsthand Accounts of Ireland’s 1916 Rebellion


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About the Book

 For a week in April 1916, 2,000 Irish Volunteers rose up in armed rebellion against the British Empire in a bid to establish an independent Irish state. Tracing the establishment of the various organizations involved, this account of the Easter Rising provides a day to day narrative by those who took part, along with personal accounts of the trial, the execution of the rebel leaders and the imprisonment of the surviving Volunteers. Atrocities and murders that took place on both sides are described in detail based on coroners’ reports.

About the Author(s)

Joseph McKenna is a former senior assistant librarian in the Central Library, Birmingham, England. He has an M.A. in local history, and formerly sat on the Roman Catholic Archdiocesan Historical Commission, and Birmingham City Council’s Conservation Areas Advisory Committee.

Bibliographic Details

Joseph McKenna
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 368
Bibliographic Info: 65 photos, 6 maps, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6823-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2916-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  v

List of Maps  viii

Preface  1

Introduction  3

1. “’Tis good to be in Ireland in these times”  9

2. “I think they mean to fight”  28

3. Prelude to the Rising  48

4. Easter Week  62

5. Monday, 24 April  69

6. Tuesday, 25 April  136

7. Wednesday, 26 April  161

8. Thursday, 27 April  195

9. Friday, 28 April  217

10. Saturday, 29 April  231

11. Sunday, 30 April  248

12. The Battle of Ashbourne  256

13. In the Country  271

14. “Unfortunate incidents … may have occurred”  281

15. Execution and Imprisonment  295

16. Repatriation  327

Appendix I: General Plan of the Rising  333

Appendix II: Executions and IRA Personnel Killed in Action  336

Chapter Notes  338

Bibliography  347

Index  351