The Dead of the Irish Revolution Eunan O'Halpin, Daithi O Corrain

Publication date:
27 Oct 2020
Yale University Press
720 pages: 254 x 178mm
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The first comprehensive account to record and analyze all deaths arising from the Irish revolution between 1916 and 1921

This account covers the turbulent period from the 1916 Rising to the Anglo-Irish Treaty of December 1921—a period which saw the achievement of independence for most of nationalist Ireland and the establishment of Northern Ireland as a self-governing province of the United Kingdom. Separatists fought for independence against government forces and, in North East Ulster, armed loyalists. Civilians suffered violence from all combatants, sometimes as collateral damage, often as targets.
Eunan O’Halpin and Daithí Ó Corráin catalogue and analyze the deaths of all men, women, and children who died during the revolutionary years—505 in 1916; 2,344 between 1917 and 1921. This study provides a unique and comprehensive picture of everyone who died: in what manner, by whose hands, and why. Through their stories we obtain original insight into the Irish revolution itself.

Eunan O’Halpin is Bank of Ireland Chair (1999) of Contemporary Irish History at Trinity College Dublin. Daithí Ó Corráin lectures in the School of History and Geography, Dublin City University.

"A truly remarkable piece of work, on a heroic scale. It forms a complex, illuminating narrative of the lived experience of armed conflict, the nature of insurgent forces and their relationship with the people, and the
operations of the security forces. Exceptional."—Charles Townshend, author of Easter 1916

"Promises to be the outstanding volume of the decade of commemorations."—Tom Bartlett, editor of The Cambridge History of Ireland

"Unique and powerful. A towering monument to all those who died as a result of the Irish Revolution."—Diarmaid Ferriter, Professor of Modern Irish History, University College Dublin

"This astonishing work intimately documents the deaths of the Irish Revolution. It will transform scholarship on the period."—Margaret O’Callaghan, author of British High Politics and a Nationalist Ireland