The Hero and the Crown

She could not remember a time when she had not known the story; she had grown up knowing it.

Aerin is the only child of the king of Damar, yet she has never really been accepted there. The story of her mother, witchwoman who enspelled her father, has left her untrusted. Especially by the sol, the aristocracy. But slowly she finds a role and a place for herself. And in the end she is the one who becomes:”(this is not really a spoiler. Cause it is a YA fantasy novel. How do you really expect it to end?)”: both inspiration and legend.

The Squad

Michael Collins is frequently cited as the originator of modern urban terrorism. The British characterised his Squad as ‘the murder gang’ and had they knowingly captured members of of the Squad they would almost certainly have exectued them.

Irish history is full of revolutionaries and failed rebellions, of informers giving information to the English, and spies infiltrating Irish organisations. Michael Collins recognised the importance of the intelligence network and so in 1919 he formulated a plan to blind the eyes of Dublin Castle by ensuring that the police force were as terrorised and demoralised as possible.

Witnesses: Inside the Easter Rising

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.

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In sight, but out of mind?

Interesting article in the telegraph bout how we can look but not see. I suppose it is similar to the way we can listen but not hear? “Working with Christopher Chabris at Harvard University, Simons came up with another demonstration that has now become a classic, based on a videotape of a handful of people […]