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Easter Dawn – The 1916 Rising (Contents)

Easter Dawn was one of the most successful books to arise over the course of the centenary commemorations of the Easter Rising, with positive reviews in newspapers such as the Irish Times and the Irish Independent, as well as magazines such as Socialist History. Easons’ bookshop placed it in their top five ‘1916’ bestsellers of the year. Turtle helped to promote the book through a series of talks nationwide with the ‘Paths to Freedom’ roadshow, as well as a major talk in Chicago on 30 June 2016.

In the long and epic fight for Irish independence, few events match the drama and tragedy of the Easter Rising of 1916. Bonded by a mutual dream of an independent Ireland, an extraordinary alliance of men and women sought to overthrow the British authorities who had ruled the island for centuries past.

‘Easter Dawn’ charts the story of the 1916 Rising, from the landing of the guns at Howth for the Irish Volunteers in 1914 to the arrests and executions that followed it. The battlegrounds that erupted across Dublin city and elsewhere in Ireland form the stage upon which a remarkable cast assembled.

Intricately researched and emotively written, the narrative, which includes the stories of the personalities involved in separate vignettes, is woven around contemporary photographs, many rare and unseen, providing a fresh look at the people and places involved. This book, which includes a strong American perspective, offers an excellent insight for anyone seeking an accessible, impartial and vivid account of that immense week.

‘Easter Dawn’ was published in Ireland by Mercier in 2015. The US edition of this book was called ‘The 1916 Rising – The Photographic Record’ and was published by Rowman & Littlefield.

 

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Contents

 

Reviews of Easter Dawn

An Introduction to the 1916 Rising

THE ORGANS OF REVOLUTION

THE CULTURAL ORGANISATIONS
Joe Garrity
Michael Collins

THE IRISH REPUBLICAN BROTHERHOOD
Bulmer Hobson

THE IRISH CITIZEN ARMY
Sean O’Casey

THE IRISH VOLUNTEERS
Eoin MacNeill

THE WOMEN OF IRELAND
Maud Gonne

NA FIANNA ÉIREANN
Constance Markievicz

THE HIBERNIAN RIFLES
Desmond FitzGerald

The US edition of this book was called ‘The 1916 Rising – The Photographic Record’ and was published by Rowman & Littlefield.

PREPARING FOR REBELLION

ARMING THE VOLUNTEERS
Sir Thomas Myles

THE SPLIT IN THE VOLUNTEERS
Tom Kettle

O’DONOVAN ROSSA’S FUNERAL
Patrick Pearse

ALLIANCE WITH GERMANY AND THE CAPTURE OF SIR ROGER CASEMENT
John Devoy
Captain Robert Monteith
Captain Raimund Weisbach
Count von Bernstorff, the German Ambassador

THE SS AUD
Diarmuid Lynch
Blinker Hall’s Naval Intelligence

MACNEILL’S COUNTERMAND, EASTER SUNDAY 1916
Seán Mac Diarmada

 

DUBLIN RISES

 

THE BATTLE COMMENCES
Tom Clarke

SEIZING THE GPO
Joseph Plunkett
Willie Pearse
Arthur ‘Boss’ Shields
The Flag of the Easter Rising

LIBERTY HALL AND HMS HELGA
James Connolly

THE FOUR COURTS AND NORTH KING STREET
Ned Daly

MENDICITY INSTITUTION: HEUSTON’S FORT
Seán Heuston
The Royal Dublin Fusiliers

JACOB’S BISCUIT FACTORY
Thomas MacDonagh
Major John MacBride
Marsh’s Library
Michael O’Hanrahan

THE SOUTH DUBLIN UNION
Éamonn Ceannt
Con Colbert

TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN

ST STEPHEN’S GREEN AND THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS
Rosie Hackett

ATTENDING TO THE WOUNDED

CITY HALL AND DUBLIN CASTLE
Kathleen Lynn

THE PACIFIST AND THE SOLDIER

BOLAND’S MILL

THE BATTLE OF MOUNT STREET BRIDGE

THE END COMES
Michael Rahilly (The O’Rahilly)
John Loder/Lowe

INSURRECTION ACROSS IRELAND

ENNISCORTHY, CO. WEXFORD

COUNTY MEATH

COUNTY GALWAY
Denis McCullough

CO. CORK
The Kent Family

CO. DONEGAL
Patrick McCartan

THE AFTERMATH OF THE REBELLION

BIBLIOGRAPHY

PHOTO CREDITS

Turtle Bunbury signing first batch of 300 copies of ‘Easter Dawn’ at Eason’s HQ, 25 Sept 2015. The book was formally launched at Glasnevin on 15 October 2015,