Witnesses: Inside the Easter Rising by

20 March 2006

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ISBN: 1905483708

On Monday 24 April 1916, the day the Easter Rising began, a young Trinity college graduate left the house of a friend who lived near South Circular Road

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With the upcoming parade to mark the anniversary of the 1916 Rising, this seemed like a good a time as any to pick up this book. In the 1940s and 50s the Irish government collected witness statements from many of those involved in the Rising. These were kept under lock and key, until the last of these witnesses died, and the statements were made public. This book is the first to make use of these extensive documents held in the Bureau of Military History.

As such, it is an interesting book, giving the reader the perspectives of many of the ordinary men and women involved in the Rising.

Overall, however, the book fails to provide an overview. The personal statements are scattered through the book, making for slightly confusing reading. In my opinion it would have been better to use more of the statements to tell the story, rather than as illustrations of points.

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