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- DescriptionIn 'Pathway to Rebellion' Willie Henry traces the origins of the rebellion of 1916 in Co. Galway back over a century. He argues that the country's rebellious past encouraged the Galway Volunteers to take a stand during the Rising, when many other parts of the country failed to do so. While Galway's people did t make the same blood sacrifice as Dublin, they were t lacking in courage. Many of the men were without arms, while others only had pikes. Nevertheless, they were prepared to fight, although aware that their rebellious actions could mean death in battle or before a firing squad. Despite this they stood by their convictions and showed unquestionable commitment to the idea of a free Ireland. Following the Rising those who were captured were assaulted, subjected to verbal abuse by the public and their captors, and condemned to imprisonment. Some managed to evade capture, but were forced to go on the run. However, in the aftermath of the leaders' executions, public opinion changed dramatically and the traitors of yesterday were suddenly the heroes of today. The homecoming of those who were imprisoned was in total contrast to their departure. The entire story of Galway in 1916 is in this book, making it the definitive story of the rebellion in the west.
- Author BiographyWilliam Henry is a historian, archaeologist and author from Galway city. His books include 'Hidden Galway', 'Blood for Blood: The Black and Tan War in Galway', 'Coffin Ship', 'Eamonn Ceannt: Supreme Sacrifice', 'Galway and the Great War' and 'Famine: Galway's Darkest Years'. He is a former officer of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society and the Old Galway Society, and a former director of Galway Civic Trust. He writes the weekly 'Talking History' column in the 'Galway Independent' and has written hundreds of articles and papers on historic subjects.
- Author(s)William Henry
- PublisherThe Mercier Press Ltd
- Date of Publication04/03/2016
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Place of PublicationCork
- Country of PublicationIreland
- ImprintThe Mercier Press Ltd
- Weight295 g
- Width129 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine25 mm
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