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1916: The Easter Rising

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An account of the events, personalities and repercussions of the Irish rebellion

The Easter Rising began at 12 noon, 24 April, 1916 and lasted for six short but bloody days, resulting in the deaths of innocent civilians, the destruction of many parts of Dublin, and the true beginning of Irish independence.

The 1916 Rising was born out of the Conservative and Unionist
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 3rd 2005 by Phoenix (first published 2002)
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Eamon Loingsigh
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in half a day. Straight to the point and still full of the most valueable information. Tim Pat Coogan does enter some of his opinion, but it is the opinion of the vast amount of people toward this incredibly important event in Irish history. Even the English who are the obvious bad guys here. The most beautiful thing is Mr. Coogan's point that these rebels did not have the backing of popular opinion though men like Pearse (who knew the poetic value) and Connolly (who understand ...more
Pete daPixie
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
In just over one hundred and seventy pages Tim Pat Coogan's '1916:The Easter Rising' is crammed with historical detail, fully documenting the political machinations of the Home Rule struggle that lead to the actions of 24th April 1916. In this short book the author introduces the many principal players from the Irish freedom movements and from the British governments, and then takes the reader from Easter Monday 1916 all the way through to the Easter April 10th Good Friday Agreement of 1998, ...more
Nancy Moffett
Jan 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Good clear description of the rising, lots of pictures which I appreciate. Not engaging literature. I do have a better understanding now of what happened and will look carefully at the buildings involved on my next trip to Dublin. The Irish!! Can't agree about anything!
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Only really an introduction book to the subject, briefly covers the events leading up to, during and after the rising. It explores the key players and both sides, starts off pretty neutral yet towards the end seems to show sympathy towards the "rebels". Worth a read if you're new to the subject yet there are better more in depth books out there.
Jan 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
I had to stop reading this so don’t take my review wholeheartedly but I really struggled with this. The writing is so dry and with no set chapters, it’s basically a 200 page essay with no logical stopping points. Really want to learn more about this history but need to find a book that doesn’t add adjectives for the sake of it...!
Rebecca Earley
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't read a lot so It shows how good this book was that I read It In a week. The book explains reasons why the Easter rising happened and what influences the leaders had. I know a bit about this period of history but I found myself learning new things.I really enjoyed reading this book.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
coogan is a bit biased, but the writing is good and i understand the rising now, so it served its purpose.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
The author does a good job of reviewing events in Ireland from 1916 to 2008, but does so from a distinctly "left of center" viewpoint.
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“In the event of victory, hold on to your rifles, as those with whom we are fighting may stop before our goal is reached. We are out for economic as well as political liberty” - James Connolly
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it
On a visit to Ireland I picked up this book which looked like a brief introduction to this historic event. I was initially put off by the author's introduction which reflected a fairly strident anti unionist and English Conservative view. However, I stuck with it and the main narrative of the book provides an interesting introduction in the lead up to the rebellion and the key players. Use of chapter breaks would have helped punctuate what feels becomes a lengthy discourse but it is a ...more
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
In preparation for my imminent trip to Ireland for the centenary of the Easter Rising, I finally picked up a freakin' book about the Easter Rising. Tim Pat Coogan's simply titled 1916: The Easter Rising promised an accessible and decently comprehensive overview of this critical event in Irish history. What I didn't immediately realize was that it was so accessible and overview-y because it is actually a coffee table book, but whatever. I've learned quite a lot of Irish history from coffee table ...more
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
For a relatively short work, this book is quite dense with information. Even though it is, as the author indicates, an overview of the events and circumstances surrounding the ill-fated revolt for Irish independence in the spring of 1916, the accounting of the significant players and what drove each of them to their respective roles is somewhat daunting for the me. I had chosen this book as something of a primer for one of the (many) gaps in my historical knowledge: Irish ...more
Brendan Diamond
Feb 28, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a very good, if exceedingly high-level and basic, overview of the events that led up to and defined the Easter Rising in Ireland, now seen as the planting of the seed of Irish independence from the British crown. It is exceedingly well-researched and, though dense with facts and stories, does a reasonably good job communicating its goal. Coogan, though not an enormously talented history writer, nonetheless does an adequate job summarizing the lives and early 1900s positions of guys like ...more
"When I was a child of ten I went down on my bare knees by my bedside one night and promised God that I should devote my life to an effort to free my country. I have kept that promise. As a boy and as a man I have worked for Irish freedom, first among all earthly things. I have helped to organize, to arm, to train, and to discipline my fellow countymen to the sole end of that, when the time came, they might fight for Irish freedom. The time, as it seemed to me, did come, and we went into the ...more
Michael Harrison
Feb 18, 2016 rated it liked it
The narrative in the first half was challenging to follow. Not sure if that is owing to the multitude of factors and people involved in the Rising and leading up to it or to the author's writing style. The latter half was easier to follow. The book is not divided into any logical divisions, perhaps lending to the difficulty in staying with it. Nice bibliography at the end giving other resources for further study of the topic
Daniel Kukwa
Jul 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I wanted to like this much more than I did, and I put it down to the fact that Tim Pat Coogan builds the story of 1916 as a fine academic thesis...that transforms into an explosively detailed info-dump. The historical information is first class work, but there's a clinical feel to much of the book that belies the epic nature of the events it chronicles. Fantastic research, but a little more readability wouldn't go amiss.
Annette Jordan
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
A clear concise account of the historical events and political decisions that lead to the Easter Rising, the rising itself and its aftermath that draws some interesting parallels with the ongoing issues in the North of Ireland. I appreciated the pictures and documents included. If anything I wish there was a little more detail about the events of the rising itself but overall well worth reading for anyone with a casual interest or who feels like they need a reminder.
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
An amazing book chronicling modern Irish history! It made me really feel for my ancestors and their struggles. The details are rich and in depth, and you can really see how the tensions between religious faiths and the stifling policies of Great Britain led to such times as the Troubles.
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great book for anyone studying Northern Ireland for A-Level. Huge amounts of detail and quotes from individuals which is important to the course. Even though I was made to read it, so I could put it on my bibliography I did find it interesting to read.
Stephen King
Jul 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: various
Good overall view of 1916 - however, the author clearly believes that the "blame" for the uprising should lie squarely on the shoulders of the Conservative party. Which is certainly one view, but by no means the only one.
May 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ireland
My Favorite Irish History Author~ My favorite book on the 1916 Rising! Does an incredible job of keeping an very complicated rising simple to understand!
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
An excellent book about 6 days that changed Ireland forever.
It's all clearer now.
Helen Deignan
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Everyone with an interest in that time in Irish history should read this.
Tom Armstrong
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great history of the events leading up to Easter 1916 as well as those that immediately followed.
Sep 30, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a really concise look at the events of April 1916. A good intro to the event, but not really in depth enough for my taste.
Aug 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Devoured on the train from Galway to Dublin.
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Timothy Patrick Coogan is an Irish historical writer, broadcaster and newspaper columnist. He served as editor of the Irish Press newspaper from 1968 to 1987. Today, he is best known for his popular and sometimes controversial books on aspects of modern Irish history, including The IRA, Ireland Since the Rising, On the Blanket, and biographies of Michael Collins and Éamon de Valera.
“Redmond Howard, a politically aware witness to the Rising and a critic of the rebels, wrote in its aftermath: 'There never was, I believe, an Irish crime -- if crime it can be called -- which had not its roots in an English folly.” 1 likes
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