1916: One Hundred Years of Irish Independence
From the Easter Rising to the Present
Author: Tim Pat Coogan
There’s before 1916 and then there’s after. Between them lies the Easter Rising, when Irish republicans took up arms against British rule and changed the course of their country’s history forever. For though the resistance failed, it failed gloriously; the rebels were no longer a group of cranks and troublemakers in the public eye, but martyrs and national heroes, their example set the way for others and their mission lived on through the century to come.
But what sort of country did the Rising create? And how does post-1916 Ireland compare with the aspirations of the rebellion’s leaders, the hopes of Thomas MacDonagh and John MacBride, of James Connolly and Patrick Pearse?
One hundred years later, Tim Pat Coogan offers a personal perspective on the Irish experience that followed the Rising. He charts a flawed history that is marked as much by complacency, corruption, and institutional abuse as it is by the building of a nation and the sacrifices of the Republic’s founding fathers.
Thomas Dunne Books
In The News
"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 (Ireland)
"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
"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)