14 Responses to Suggestions?

  1. giordanobruno February 14, 2016 at 12:10 pm #

    ‘Easter 1916’ by Charles Townshend is very good in my view. Well researched and easy to read.
    Maybe too balanced to please if the reader is looking a partisan view.

    • Jude Collins February 14, 2016 at 12:17 pm #

      Thank you, Ciaran, gio and Laura. Much appreciated.

  2. Ciaran Mc February 14, 2016 at 12:12 pm #

    I’ve read nearly every book on the Rising and Michael Foy’s The Easter Rising and Dr Feraghal McGarry’s The Rising are amongst the best. Charles Townsend’s, Easter 1916 is also an excellent account. Darren Kelly’s When the Clock Struck in 1916: Close-Quarter Combat in the Easter Rising is a gripping account of what happened in each of the locations. For an insight into the main leaders, the 16 lives series, (think 14 have been released) are outstanding.

  3. Laura February 14, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

    While I suppose anything by the prolific Tim Pat Coogan should be a contender..my personal favorite was Rebels: The Irish Rising of 1916 by De Rosa, also perhaps Easter Widows but I need to look up the author of that book..It was an interesting take on the 1916 from the widows of those deeply involved in the uprising.

    • Donal Kennedy February 14, 2016 at 2:14 pm #

      Don’t touch de Rosa.
      He has John Devoy, Kildare born and educated at Dublin’s O’Connell Schools
      saying “Wanna” and “Gonna” and such like rubbish. De Rosa is an Englishman
      who was once a Jesuit Priest. I’m sure he knows better. But it reads like cheapjack
      writing.

      “DUBLIN’S FIGHTING STORY”
      “ALLEGIANCE” by Robert Brennan, covering the Rising in Wexford.
      “SEAN T” memoir, in Irish, by Sean T O Ceallaigh.

      • Laura February 14, 2016 at 11:27 pm #

        I didn’t know that..and I quite enjoyed the book. It’s been many years since I have read anything about Ireland, but in the past I read a lot. I ended up donating my collection of approx 200 books to St. Thomas University in Houston, keeping only a few of my favorites (The Committee, a couple of GA’s books, one of which he signed).

  4. Iolar February 14, 2016 at 1:28 pm #

    There is also ‘DÉ LUAIN’ writen by Eoghan Ó Tuairisc 1996. Professor Brian Ó Conchubhair delivered a lecture “1916 and High Modernism,” which focused on a re-evaluation of Eoghan Ó Tuairisc’s novel “Dé Luain” in the context of modernism. Ó Conchubhair said the novel intentionally avoids portraying the action and violence of the conflict in favor of examining character’s thoughts and reactions.

  5. Wolfe tone February 14, 2016 at 2:47 pm #

    1916 lives-James Connolly written by Lorcan Collins is a must read. When you finish reading it it will become clear why the British and indeed some Irish people needed for Connolly to die. He was too smart,honest and decent and would’ve been a major stumbling block for those who would dare to accept partition and those who countered the revolution.

  6. Brian Patterson February 14, 2016 at 3:00 pm #

    For me the first and best account I have read is Max Caulfield’s The Easter Rebellion first published round 1964 and republished several times. Tim Pat Coogan also worth a read. A new critique excellently researched and argued “Who fears to speak of Easter 1916?” By James Heartfield and Kevin Rooney. A must, although I leave prospective readers to spot the gross historical inaccuracy in the cover.

  7. Brian Patterson February 14, 2016 at 3:07 pm #

    All available from Amazon.

  8. Perkin Warbeck February 14, 2016 at 3:45 pm #

    There is one long essay published in 2006, Esteemed Blogmeister, which is not at all undeserving of a recommendation of the heartiest kind.

    That is ‘Na Priompallain : 1916 agus athrscriobh na staire ‘ / ‘the rewriting of history’ by Padraig O Snodaigh.

    The title translates as ‘Dungbeetles’ and is borrowed from the text of perhaps the mother lode of Irish History – ‘Foras Feasa ar Eirinn’ (1634) by Seatrun Ceitinn. Ceitinn was a Tipperary man and not unlike that county’s hurlers last night in Semple Stadium, scored many a sweet point in his tracing of Irish histrory.

    The passage from which Padraig O Snodaigh quoted deals with Ceitinn’s take on the politically correct historians who preceded him. To say he was not best pleased with their scribblings would be to fish in the stream of understatement.

    In fact he compare his predecessors in their tendency do diss the native Gael as being similar to ‘the dungbeetle who ignores the flowers of the fields be they roses or lilies and instead makes a bee-line for the nearest dump of cowdung or hillock of horse manure’.

    Seatrun Ceittinn was a priest of the RC persuasion who gave short shrift to the common practice of delaying mass till the dilatory gentry condescended to arrive at the chapel. In the astringent essay of O’Snodaigh the author unerringly trains his crosshairs on two dungbeetles of the cloth, FX Martin and Shaw SJ. Neither of which collared gentlemen were capable of – as they say in the home of hurling – walloping a cow’s arse with a banjo.

    So, EB, in the manner of the Tipperary hill farmer giving directions to the stranger from a foreign land, ‘if I were you, I wouldn’t take that road or the other one for that matter, at all, at all’.

    I bhfocail eile, steer clear of the hysterical dungbeelles, Martin and Shaw.

  9. Ryan February 14, 2016 at 8:30 pm #

    Just please, Jude, please don’t refer your American friend to Ruth Dudley Edwards or any of her books. Your friend will come away thinking Ireland pre 1916 was a utopia of freedom, prosperity and equality. Listening to Ruth you’d think the Leaders of 1916 sprung out of the ground for no reason, whipped up the British Empire loving Irish people who benefited so much from the Empire and are solely to blame for any killings that occurred from 1916 onwards, including those committed by the British and the Unionists.

  10. Paul February 16, 2016 at 9:59 am #

    An interesting book I’m currently reading is very much part of the rising story. ‘Kathleen Clarke Revolutionary Woman’ The wife of Tom Clarke and brother of Ned Daly. Available from O Brien press.

  11. telmebap February 17, 2016 at 7:39 pm #

    Darren Kelly’s When the Clock Struck in 1916: Close-Quarter Combat in the Easter Rising is a gripping account of what happened in each of the locations. Where did you get this information?