Saturday February 22, 2020

Who fears to read of 1916?

From coffee-table tomes to gripping eyewitness accounts, the breadth of Rising literature is vast and impressive

27th March, 2016
The Easter Rebellion; By Max Caulfield; Gill & Macmillan, €22.99

Max Caulfield was a journalist who did Irish history a great service. In the early 1960s, he interviewed every Easter Rising survivor he could find, preserving many memories that might otherwise have been lost forever. The resulting book is an hour-by-hour reconstruction that brilliantly captures the chaos and excitement of Easter 1916. Caulfield’s account also ruffled some feathers by alleging that Eamon de Valera suffered a nervous breakdown at Boland’s Mills and Constance Markiewicz shot...

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