James Connolly: My Search for the Man, the Myth and His Legacy by Sean O'Callaghan (Paperback, 2015)
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- DescriptionWritten by former member of the IRA and police informant, Sean O'Callaghan, the story of revolutionary James Conlly, his role in the 1916 Easter Rising, and his subsequent influence both on O'Callaghan himself, and on 20th century Irish politics. Easter Monday, 24th April, 1916: James Conlly, a 48-year-old Edinburgh-born Marxist and former British soldier, stands at the top of the steps of Liberty Hall, Dublin. 'We are going out to be slaughtered,' Conlly told his comrades, and with this he set in train the Easter Rising of 1916, an armed struggle that would end with his execution in Kilmainham Gaol two weeks later. In a scene that has haunted Nationalist Ireland ever since, he was carried to his place of execution having been badly wounded. Placed on a chair, he was shot dead by soldiers of the army he had once served in. This is t a traditional biography about the man and the myth that was James Conlly. Neither is it a book about 20th century Irish history, though it can be read as both. It is a book about O'Callaghan's relationship with a man who was to deeply influence his formative years; it is about the politics of violent extremism that O'Callaghan subsequently became caught up in; and it's about the kind of individuals who are willing to sacrifice everything, including their lives, for a holy cause. Today across the world there is shortage of what O'Callaghan has come to call 'True Believers': young men and women who, brought up in the heart of Western society, are eager to fight and die for an ideal that will fill the spiritual and political void they see around them. Never has a book been more timely.
- Author BiographySean O'Callaghan joined the Provisonal IRA in 1970, aged fiteen, and he was active in Northern Ireland in the mid-seventies, taking part in numerous terrorist attacks which resulted in the deaths of two members of the security forces. He resigned from the IRA in 1975, just short of his 21st birthday, having become disillusioned with everything it stoof for. He rejoined it in 1979, this time volunteering his services to the Irish police as in informer. He continued this work until 1985 when he had to leave Ireland as suspicion about him mounted. In 1988 he handed himself up to British police and admitted involvement in IRA activities in Northern Ireland in the mid-seventies. He was sentenced to life imprisonment and released under Royal Prerogative in 1996. After his release he wrote his autobiography The Informer, and has continued to work for peace in Ireland. Today he works with young people at risk of getting involved in criminal or extremist activity.
- Author(s)Sean O'Callaghan
- Date of Publication05/11/2015
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Out-of-print date17/05/2016
- Weight439 g
- Width153 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine24 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (UK)
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