Children of the Rising

Children of the Rising : The untold story of the young lives lost during Easter 1916

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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 commemorated, until now.

Boys, girls, rich, poor, Catholic, Protestant - no child was guaranteed immunity from the bullet and bomb that week, in a place where teeming tenement life existed side by side with immense wealth.

Drawing on extensive original research, along with interviews with relatives, Joe Duffy creates a compelling picture of these forty lives, along with one of the cut and thrust of city life between the two canals a century ago.

This gripping story of Dublin and its people in 1916 will add immeasurably to our understanding of the Easter Rising. Above all, it honours the forgotten lives, largely buried in unmarked graves, of those young people who once called Dublin their home.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 196 x 250 x 30mm | 1,124g
  • Castleknock, Ireland
  • English
  • 1473617057
  • 9781473617056
  • 99,417

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The 1916 book most likely to leave an indelible impression on the public mind, and for the better, is Joe Duffy's Children of the Rising * Sunday Independent * Brilliantly researched and beautifully illustrated, Duffy's book is clearly a labour of love * Sunday Business Post * [Children of the Rising] stands out because it's more than a book, being a public monument to hitherto forgotten casualties ... Duffy's unblinking focus on the human cost of the "glorious revolution" has deservedly struck a chord. * Sunday Times * Children of the Rising is a handsome production, vivid with archive photographs, keen with historical detail and written by Duffy with passion and pace * RTE Guide * This [book] is special - not the work of a professional historian but of someone passionate that these forgotten children are remembered. Duffy recreates their stories vividly, but his great achievement is not to claim these victims for any cause or either side, but to reclaim them purely - and as - themselves. * The Irish Mail on Sunday * This book performs a really important service: it humanises the most vulnerable casualties of that week in April 1916 ... This painstaking approach allows [Duffy] to provide us with not just the riveting stores of the children, but the family and social environments in which they lived * Irish Times * Handsomely produced and lavishly illustrated ... [Children of the Rising] adds depth, colour and perspective to the picture that is being drawn of the Rising ... An important and timely book * Irish Independent *
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About Joe Duffy

Broadcaster Joe Duffy is the presenter of Ireland's most popular daily radio show, Liveline, on RTE Radio 1. He also presents Joe Duffy's Spirit Level on RTE television and writes a weekly column for the Irish Mail on Sunday.
Born in Dublin's Mountjoy Square and reared in Ballyfermot, his bestselling memoir Just Joe was published in 2010.
His interest in researching and writing about the forgotten children killed in 1916 was sparked by an art project he undertook in Easter 2013 for the Jack and Jill Children's Foundation.
In 2014 he organised the first national ecumenical service of reclamation and remembrance for the children killed in the Easter Rising.
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