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1916: The Mornings After

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    Tim Pat Coogan(Author)

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The 1916 Easter Rising and its aftermath changed Ireland for ever. The British government's execution of 14 republican rebels transformed a group hitherto perceived as cranks and troublemakers into national heroes. Those who avoided the British firing squads of May 1916 went on to plan a new – and ultimately successful – struggle for Ireland's independence, shaping their country's destiny for the century to come.

But what sort of country did they create? And to what extent does post-1916 Ireland measure up to the hopes and aspirations of 'MacDonagh and MacBride / And Connolly and Pearse'?

Best-selling historian Tim Pat Coogan offers a strongly personal perspective on the Irish century that followed the Rising – charting a flawed history that is marked as much by complacency, corruption and institutional and clerical abuse, as it is by the sacrifices and nation-building achievements of the Republic's founding fathers.

'This book by esteemed historian, Tim Pat Coogan will no doubt provide some interesting, albeit difficult questions ... Best for history buffs' The Irish Post (10 Irish Books you should read this year).'A strongly personal perspective on the Irish century that followed the Rising – charting a flawed history that is marked as much by complacency, corruption and institutional and clerical abuse, as it is by the sacrifices and nation-building achievements of the Republic's founding fathers' Sunday Independent.'A highly personal and idiosyncratic view of the period from the 1916 rising to the present day ... entertaining and easy to read, with some good quotes and stories as well as reminders of events overlooked or forgotten' Irish Independent.

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  • PDF | 352 pages
  • Tim Pat Coogan(Author)
  • Head of Zeus (22 Oct. 2015)
  • English
  • 9
  • History

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  • By gulliver swift on 18 January 2017

    Whatever else has gone on in Ireland in the last hundred years will someday be made public.For now we have books like this that give us an insight into how Ireland lost her way in the last century.What would have happened if Michael Collins hand,t been Shot and killed in 1922 and deValera had never led that country we will never know,but the death of Collins gave death Valera the opportunity to lead Ireland in collusion with the Catholic Church which held that country in a vice like grip for decades.This book does no favours for the political leaders of Ireland in it,s timescale,and highlights theobscene behaviour of the Catholic Church,from various Popes,Cardinals,Priests,Nuns and institutions which were supposed to protect the faithful but instead betrayed and abused them,and all the while preaching that faith was all.Many questions are raised by this book,indeed inquiries are still ongoing regarding these sorry events.Read this book and consider what Ireland might have been like if it had followed what Patrick Pearse declared outside The GPO in Dublin in 1916.

  • By W A O'BRIEN on 8 April 2016

    Good coverage of major social / political / economic issues. TPC is a man who us never afraid to say what he thinks.

  • By Gauthier on 22 May 2016

    Excellent, as usual

  • By waynefitz on 9 March 2016

    Tim Pat Coogan is an Irish writer, broadcaster and columnist, whose works include biographies of Éamon De Valera, Michael Collins and ‘The IRA’, His works examine a lot of the Nationalist, Republican and earlier Independence movement of the 20th century often in great depth and detail and I personally have found that he writes in an accessible and engaging style that has brought many of the pivotal moments of Irish history to life. From the early days of the Civil rights movement in the North through the dark days of the Troubles and right up to modern Irish history.I was also looking forward to reading this book because of the public spat been the eminent Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD, Diarmuid Ferriter who was fairly scathing in his review of Mr Coogans work in the Irish Times on Saturday 21st November 2015: “By page 20 of this truly dreadful book Tim Pat Coogan has puffed himself up to the extent that he has an important announcement to make”. Mr Ferriter reaches a conclusion that Mr Coogan “has not read up on Irish history…”You can see why my interest was piqued, far be it for me to take a position opposite to Mr Ferriter but on the whole, it is well worth a read - even though I wanted to like it more than I did. There is a lot of information and quotes trust at you, but you can see the seeds of a lot of our future trouble been sown. I agree it is a great pity that there are some historical inaccuracies with mismatched dates and some generalisations that would be woeful if produced by a history professor.Read it with that in mind and if nothing else use the highlighted errors as pointed out by worthy scholars to do a little digging into the real facts behind this moment of revolution! I look forward to reading Prof. Ferriters own book A Nation and Not a Rabble: The Irish Revolution 1913-1923 as soon as I can.As reviewed by RdeB, in the March 2016 issue of An Cosantóir (The Defender) - the official magazine of the Irish Defence Forces -

  • By Paul Roche on 29 January 2016

    Gives lots of details not previously published

  • By Guest on 3 December 2015

    A misleading title that almost guarantees a yawn and move along by most Brits.A shame because what we have here is a century of Irish history written in a powerful mix of informative anger,compassion and downright love of Ireland.It is not a reference laden tome but rather an opinionated book that explains chapter by chapter the people and events [some truly heart rending] that form Ireland as it exists today.A star lost because any book discussing Ireland absolutely demands maps.Amiss but the only one.You will not agree with everything written,but you will learn.

  • By Guest on 2 December 2015

    Bought as a present and was well received

  • By John Hession on 20 November 2015

    Early part of the book is OK as a nice gathering together of the story around the home rule movement, pre 1916 activities , the rising itself, the war of independence and the civil war. The later part is just a TPC polemic even to the point of being a rant.

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