• The Commemoration DUO


BY  Joseph E. A. Connell Jnr


At noon on Easter Monday, 24 April 1916, approximately 1000 men and women stormed buildings in central Dublin and rose against the British government. The area of Dublin between the Canals was taken by an amalgamation of the Irish Volunteers, the Irish Citizen Army (ICA), Cumann na mBan, and the Fianna. Padraic Pearse was appointed Commandant-General and James Connolly was appointed Commandant-General of the Dublin Division. By the end of the week, about 2100 men and women were in the garrisons. Though some women carried weapons, most of the Cumann na mBan women saw their roles confined to nursing, cooking and dispatch carrying. Not only were they the primary dispatch runners, they also passed through the British lines to get food supplies and ammunition, often hiding these in their clothes. These were all dangerous missions, and the women often held up vans, commandeering their contents at gun-point. Most of the women who wrote accounts of their activities eliminated any trace of heroism when relating their experiences. Few of the accounts give any indication of the excitement and colour of the week. They wrote that there was little drama attached to their duties, and so they just ‘got on with it’.

The Shadow War 
Michael Collins and the Politics of Violence.

Insurgencies are as psychological and political as much as military. In the War of Independence, the Irish needed to remain active for longer than the nerves of liberal Britain could stand, and they succeeded. Irish governance, rather than military victory, was always the goal. If success can be defined as doing more with less, then Michael Collins must be counted as among the great guerrilla planners of the twentieth century.  He understood the limits of what could be achieved by violence – and when to forgo violence for negotiation.

 Joseph E.A. Connell Jnr is the author of Dublin Rising 1916 and Who’s who in the Dublin Rising 1916, published in 2016 by Wordwell. He writes a regular column in History Ireland and is a regular contributor to Newstalk’s Talking History programme.

Author Joseph Culley, Tommy Graham and Nick Maxwell (editors)
Publisher History Publications Ltd
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The Commemoration DUO

  • ISBN: 9780993532801
  • Author(s): Joseph Culley, Tommy Graham and Nick Maxwell (editors)
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