Desmonds Rising: Memoirs, 1913 to Easter 1916 Desmond FitzGerald

ISBN: 9781905483051

Published: June 10th 2014

Paperback

240 pages


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Desmonds Rising: Memoirs, 1913 to Easter 1916  by  Desmond FitzGerald

Desmonds Rising: Memoirs, 1913 to Easter 1916 by Desmond FitzGerald
June 10th 2014 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 240 pages | ISBN: 9781905483051 | 7.42 Mb

Urged on by friends, during the Second World War Desmond FitzGerald began writing about his experiences during the national movement for independence. The resulting book, covering the years from 1913 until just after the 1916 Easter Rising, remainedMoreUrged on by friends, during the Second World War Desmond FitzGerald began writing about his experiences during the national movement for independence.

The resulting book, covering the years from 1913 until just after the 1916 Easter Rising, remained unpublished until Garret FitzGerald found the manuscript in 1966. The book, here reissued as the first title in Liberties Presss Revival series, opens with Desmond FitzGeralds recollections of the time he spent on the Great Blasket Island and his relocation from Brittany to Dingle with the object of learning Irish and taking part in the emerging movement for Irish independence. Desmonds Rising charts Desmonds involvement in the Irish Volunteers and the IRB- his arrest and imprisonment in 1915-16- his involvement in the preparations for the Rising in Dublin- and his experiences in the GPO during the fateful Easter week of 1916.

What strikes the reader most strongly is the unselfconscious heroism of those who took part in the Rising. This new edition features an updated foreword by the late Garret FitzGerald and correspondence between George Bernard Shaw and Desmonds wife Mabel, the republican daughter of a Presbyterian Belfast businessman. Also included here for the first time are various reflections on the Rising and its aftermath, a candid account of Desmond s time in Maidstone Gaol, some of Desmonds poems and a number of rare photographs from the time.



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