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Guerrilla War in the Easter Rising (Hardback)

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By Mr Joseph McKenna
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781399051378
Published: 4th October 2023


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On Easter Monday 1916, Irish rebels seized a number of strategic buildings in Dublin, including the General Post Office on O’Connell Street, and declared an Irish Republic. Within a week they had been bombarded into surrender. Out in the countryside, amidst chaos and confusion over counter orders, the Rising failed to materialize as planned. The one notable exception was the campaign of the Fingal Brigade of North County Dublin. Their leader, the charismatic Tom Ashe, launched a fast moving guerrilla campaign against the para-military Royal Irish Constabulary, seizing barracks and capturing arms. At Ashbourne the Irish Volunteers, having captured the RIC barracks, were faced with the arrival of a numerically superior force of armed policemen. Using tactics evolved from British army training manuals, they overcame and defeated the police. Ashe and Fingal Brigade had shown that fast moving guerrilla warfare was the way ahead in the future struggle for Irish independence

This little-known yet crucial development in the Irish War of Independence is well researched and described in this over-due account.

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The Avondhu Newspaper, December 2023

"Guerrilla War in the Easter Rising" uses the recorded statements of those involved to shine a light on a less publicised story on the fringes of 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland. Having the story recounted in the words of the participants (witness statements) lends the story an immediacy and personalisation that vividly brings history to light. It serves to highlight the chaos, the mistakes and the basic human frailties that underlie even the greatest events in a country's, even our world's, history. This is a small book packed with an interesting story and much humanity.

NetGalley, Des Carbery

About Mr Joseph McKenna

Joseph McKenna is a retired local history librarian with over 30 years` experience working in the Central Library in Birmingham. He has a Master of Arts degree in Local History and has written a number of books on revolutionary Ireland. These range from the Irish-American bombing campaign of the 1880s, the Easter Rising, Guerrilla Warfare, and Women in the Struggle for Irish Independence to the IRA bombing Campaign of 1939-40.
His local history publications include Clockmakers & Watchmakers of Central England, A Journal of the English Civil War, and the Gunmakers of Birmingham. Joseph McKenna formerly sat on Birmingham City Council`s Conservation Areas Committee and the Birmingham Archdiocese Historical Commission. He is married with one son.

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