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When the Clock Struck in 1916

by Derek Molyneux & Darren Kelly The Collins Press (March 20, 2015)

‘Well, I’ve helped to wind up the clock – I might as well hear it strike.’ Michael Joseph O’Rahilly. The Easter Rising of 1916 was a seminal moment in Ireland’s turbulent history. For the combatants...


46 Men Dead

by John Reynolds The Collins Press (April 01, 2016)

IN JANUARY 1919, AT SOLOHEADBEG IN COUNTY TIPPERARY, two members of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) were killed by the IRA. In the four bloody years that followed, nearly 500 RIC men were killed and hundreds...


A Doctor's Sword

by Bob Jackson The Collins Press (August 01, 2016)

‘There followed a blue flash accompanied by a ver y bright magnesium-type flare … Then came a frighteningly loud but rather flat explosion, which was followed by a blast of hot air … All this was followed...


The Sinking of the Lusitania

by Patrick O'Sullivan The Collins Press (September 10, 2014)

In May 1915, the RMS Lusitania, then the world’s fastest liner, departed from New York. Seven days later she was torpedoed off the Irish coast with the loss of 1,198 lives. Suspected by the Germans of carrying...


The Secret of Kit Cavenaugh

by Anne Holland The Collins Press (October 15, 2013)

Christian – ‘Kit’ – Cavenaugh, born in 1667 in Dublin, grew up on a Leixlip farm. A dragoon in the Marlborough Wars, Kit led an adventurous life, courting women, fighting duels and arguing a paternity...


Havoc

by Paul O'Brien The Collins Press (May 31, 2017)

They were sent over here to break the people and they were a far more dangerous force than the Black and Tans. - Commandant Tom BarryIn 1919, Ireland was plunged into a brutal guerrilla war. Although unconventional...


Shackleton's Boat

by Harding McGregor Dunnett The Collins Press (August 24, 2015)

The James Caird is an unlikely hero, a 23-foot lifeboat that completed the most desperate and celebrated open boat voyage in history. On board were Ernest Shackleton, Tom Crean and Frank Worsley, now some of...


We Bled Together

by Dominic Price The Collins Press (November 10, 2017)

There is no crime in detecting and destroying in wartime the spy and informer...I have paid them back in their own coin. - Michael CollinsMichael Collins' development of a formidable intelligence network transformed,...


The Flame and the Candle: War in Mayo 1919-1924

by Dominic Price The Collins Press (March 05, 2012)

This is the story of Mayo men and women active during the War of Independence and the Civil War, a story largely untold or forgotten. Throughout, there is an attempt at real insight into the lives of participants....