‘My 1916: What the Easter Rising Means to Me’
A collection of personal stories as published in the Irish Independent
These are the personal stories of people connecting with one of the most pivotal events in Irish history – the Easter Rising of 1916. Some had relatives who fought in the rebellion; others had none; some hail the rebels as heroes; others decry them as fanatics and fantasists.
Singer Damien Dempsey reveals why he wrote a song for his great grand aunt;
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin reflects on his grandmother watching her sons go out to kill or be killed;
Historian Sinéad McCoole celebrates mná na hÉireann;
Fr Joseph Mallin discusses his father Michael Mallin’s despair before his execution;
Historian Peter Thompson tells the love story of an Orangeman and a Cumann na mBan typist;
Artists Liam O’Neill, Norman Teeling and Laura Doherty explain how the Rising patriots inspire their work;
Actor and Traveller John Connors asks where is the social justice for which the rebels laid down their lives…
And that’s just for starters.
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“Crime, deceit, betrayal, nasty family, greed and lots of unashamed selfishness… The perfect recipe for
a good page-turner!
I really enjoyed it”
– Rachel Watson,
All Samantha Entwhistle wants growing up is her mother’s love – the real deal, the kind that’s pure and fearless, like you’d see in those wild cats who’d fight to the death to protect their cubs.
Rosalind Entwhistle is ruthlessly determined to forge a better life for herself and her daughter after a fruitless investment in her first husband. She decides to ditch the loser and find a proper replacement. She finds it in Henry Clarke, PR guru-cum-property developer.
Chris Brown hasn’t had a flutter since Henry gave him a chance to get his life back on track. A loyal and trusted servant, he’d kill for a boss that threw him a lifeline…
Observing her mother’s rise to riches, Samantha sees the ugly truth behind the glittering success. It’s an empire built on a rotten foundation, and when it all comes crashing down, she wonders what her mother wants of her now. Forgiveness?
Forgiveness is overrated.