The Top Ten 1916 Easter Rising Books

What began as a small uprising in the centre of Dublin on Easter Monday set in motion a series of developments which ultimately led to Irish independence. With the centennial approaching in 2016, there's no better time to dive into Ireland's past and learn more about 1916 and the Easter Rising, an important time in Irish history.

Children of the Rising by Joe Duffy

Children of the Rising is the first ever account of the young lives violently lost during the week of the 1916 Rising: long-forgotten and never honoured, until now. This gripping story of Dublin and its people in 1916 will add hugely to our understanding of the Easter Rising. Above all, it commemorates the forgotten lives, largely buried in unmarked graves, of those young people who once called Dublin their home.

A Pocket History of the 1916 Rising

The Easter Rising was arguably the most important event in Irish history. It was an armed insurrection that occurred mainly in Dublin during Easter Week, 1916, mounted by Irish republicans intent on ending British rule in Ireland and establishing an independent Irish Republic. While not immediately successful, its consequences changed the course of Irish history forever. This book explains what happened in the years before and after the Rising, as well as providing an exciting day-by-day account of the events themselves, and biographies of the leading figures.

Cumann na mBan and the Irish Revolution by Cal McCarthy

Cumann na mBan, a women's support group to the Irish Volunteers, was formed in 1914. After participation in the 1916 Rising, members played crucial roles in intelligence work, transporting arms, nursing wounded men, providing safe houses, and supporting IRA men in prison. In 1922, the organization overwhelmingly rejected the Treaty, resulting in a substantial split and the formation of Cumann ne Saoirse.

The Easter Rising 1916: Molly’s Diary by Patricia Murphy

Caught up in the action of the 1916 Rising in Dublin, is twelve-year-old Molly O'Donovan, whose family is plunged into danger on both sides of the conflict. As violence and looting erupts in the streets of Dublin alongside heroism and high ideals, Molly records it all. Will Molly's own family survive and will she be able to save her brother? This is her diary.

Easter Dawn: The 1916 Rising by Turtle Bunbury

In the long and epic fight for Irish independence, few events match the drama and tragedy of the Easter Rising of 1916. The narrative is woven around contemporary photographs, many rare and unseen, providing a fresh look at the people and places involved. As the centenary of 1916 approaches, this book is ideally suited for anyone seeking an accessible, impartial and dramatic view of that immense week.

1916: The Mornings After by Tim Pat Coogan

The 1916 Easter Rising and its aftermath changed Ireland for ever. 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.

16 Lives Series by Lorcan Collins

The Easter Rising of 1916 was an attempt by armed revolutionaries to overthrow British rule in Ireland. 16 Lives records the full stories of 16 executed leaders who awakened a generation to the cause of Irish freedom.

Easter 1916 by Charles Townshend

Now with a new preface for the centenary of the Easter Rising, a compelling interpretation of the rebellion that launched Ireland into a new world. As we approach the anniversary of the rebellion it is time for a new account of what really happened over those fateful few days. Vivid, authoritative and gripping, Easter 1916 is a major work.

Blood Upon the Rose: Easter 1916 by Gerry Hunt

The rebellion that set Ireland free, told as a graphic novel. The 1916 Easter Rising was an attempt by a small group of militant Irish republicans to win independence from Britain. The book covers the story from the early planning to the final executions and includes the tragic romance between Joseph Plunkett and Grace Gifford. This is history at its best!

The Scrap by Gene Kerrigan

The Scrap is the true story of the rising, from first-hand evidence, as seen by one rebel unit - F Company, 2nd Battalion - following them from the first skirmish in Fairview to the inferno of the GPO. Told in the context of some of the major events of that week, the story of F Company brings alive the excitement, the humour, the horror and the contradictions of that decisive moment in the creation of the Irish state. 

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