Book review: Defending Trinity College Dublin, Easter 1916: Anzacs and the Rising by Rory Sweetman

The letters that reveal Trinity College’s close call during the Rising

20th October, 2019
Trinity College, Dublin circa 1920: a new book reveals how close it came to being destroyed during the 1916 Rising Pic: Getty

History: Defending Trinity College Dublin, Easter 1916: Anzacs and the Rising, By Rory Sweetman, Four Courts Press, €25.85

Imagine the scene. It is Easter 1916 and the Rising leaders have decided to make Trinity College Dublin one of their key targets. Even when other strongholds such as the General Post Office fall, republican rebels flee to the 35-acre university campus for one last stand.

Without any more civilian casualties to worry about, Pádraig Pearse and...

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