Ernie O’Malley: The definitive portrait of an often forgotten Irish political figure
Part militant nationalist and part bohemian intellectual, Ernie O’Malley led a remarkable life and played a significant role in Ireland’s struggle for independence
Ernie O’Malley: A Life
By Harry F Martin with Cormac KH O’Malley
Merrion Press, €18.95
In June 1922, Ernie O’Malley commanded a group of anti-Treaty republicans who occupied the Four Courts in Dublin and then came under shellfire from provisional government forces. During a brief lull, he looked over his library of books that had survived many other skirmishes in the War of Independence.
“I picked up Baudelaire,” he later wrote. “There were two ...