Who’s Who in the Irish War of Independence and Civil War: 1619-1923
Publication Date: January 1997
Who’s Who in the Irish War of Independence and Civil War: 1619-1923 by Padraic O’Farrell
With over 3000 entries in seven separate listings, this book is a major source of reference which puts a human face on these two defining conflicts. Drawing on family papers, extensive interviews and official records, Padraic O’Farrell gives detailed accounts of the involvement of soldiers, politicians, policemen and civilians, Irish and British alike – most of whom have never appeared in the pages of history.
Appendices of casualties and executions, as well as a map and a thorough chronology, complete a picture of the tumultous period from Easter Week 1916 to the final spasms of the Civil War in 1923.
O’Farrell’s pioneering research brings an important, underdocumented era into focus for professional historian and general reader alike. It stands as a sober memorial to the men and women – from gun-runners to messengers to peace activists – who witnessed and shaped the birth of a new state.
‘O’Farrell has a no nonsense approach and his book is invaluable to the Irish Historian.’– Customer review
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Padraic O’Farrell was born in Staplestown, Donadea, County Kildare. One of Ireland’s best-known journalists and most prolific authors, he was a regular contributor to the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Sunday Independent and Irish Examiner. His thirty-five books include The Burning of Brinsley MacNamara, a study of the controversy surrounding the publication ofThe Valley of the Squinting Windows; the bestselling Rebel Heart, a fictional account of Michael Collins’s love affair with Kitty Kiernan; Who’s Who in the Irish War of Independence and Civil War 1916-23; The Blacksmith of Ballinalee; and Ancient Irish legends. He also wrote and directed a number of plays, including Matchmaking, based on the work of John B. Keane andScullabogue, a drama about the 1798 Rebellion. His play Kitty, about the women in the lives of Michael Collins and Sean MacEoin toured throughout Ireland, including performances in Cork’s Everyman Palace Theatre and Dublin’s Andrew’s Lane Studio.
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“Excellent attempt to categorise the participants of the War of Independence and the Civil War. O’Farrell has a no nonsense approach and his book is invaluable to the Irish Historian. Recommended to those with any interest in the Rising of 1916 or the Civil War.Also usefull as a guide while reading other books from the period.” LORCAN COLLINS