The 1916 Diaries of an
Irish Rebel and a British Soldier.
Everyone knows the story of Easter Week 1916 but what was it like to be under
fire in one of those buildings, and what was it like for
the British soldiers suddenly facing men they thought were
their allies in a much larger war?.
This book contains the unpublished diaries of two men
writing under fire on the streets of Dublin in April
1916. In Jacob’s
factory, Volunteer Seosamh de Brún wrote in his tiny
diary about guard duties and a bicycle sortie to help
during which a sniper killed one of the cyclists. Meanwhile,
across the Liffey, British soldier Samuel Lomas wrote
in his own diary of building barricades across Moore
and participating in the executions of Pearse, Clarke
and MacDonagh, giving new insights into the rebellion’s
closing days. Mick O'Farrell brilliantly juxtaposes these
two accounts, including fascimilies that show through
deteriorating handwriting the increasing pressure the
diarists were under,
to give a dramatic account of how ordinary participants
experienced the events of Easter week, events that would
change the course of history in both Ireland and England.
Mercier Press 2014
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