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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Anvil Books, Ltd.; Reprint edition (December 31, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0947962336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0947962333
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dan Breen is widely recognised because of his involvement in the ambush and killing of two RIC policemen at Soloheadbeg - a political and historical controversy widely regarded as the act that started the War of Independence. Alongside his comrades in the Third Tipperary Brigade of the IRA, Dan Breen became one of the most infamous and controversial IRA leaders of his generation. With the Civil War over, Breen went to prohibition America, and ran a speakeasy. He returned to Ireland to become a politician, and was the first Republican to enter the Free State parliament. For more than thirty years he represented Tipperary, becoming its most popular and longest serving legislator.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By fergal@tinet.ie on March 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a good book and helps you understand much of how the Irish war for independence was gotten off the ground. For those interested in this period in Irish history it offers a unique insight from a hero of epic proportions. Some scenes from the book sound like they belong in a Hollywood script more than a true historic account and yet, that is what this book truly is. A must read for those interested in the struggle for Irish freedom.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andrew F. Longworth on September 16, 2007
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Most certainly one of the best books pertaining to the troubles from 1916-1922 to have survived over the years.
Dan Breen in great detail describes his ascendancy to the top rung of the organization then known as the Irish volunteers (Later the IRA) in his native county Tipperary and the ensuing life on the run, the inevitable price to be paid for his part in the Soloheadbed Ambush in 1919, which arguably launched the Anglo-Irish War. His description of some of the leading characters of the day, most notably Michael Collins and Eamon de Valera, are as valuable as his tragic insights into the Civil War following the Peace Treaty of 1921, including his tireless efforts to bring peace between both the Free State and the Republicans.
I have an extensive library that includes masterpieces by Ernie O'Malley, Tom Barry, and Pat Deasy, among others, but I still believe this might be the best account yet, always worth re-reading.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Patrick J. Ryan on October 25, 2009
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Dan Breen Started the Anglo-Irish War

Dan Breen, Sean Treacy and other local men started what has now become known as the Anglo-Irish war in 1919 also called in Ireland the War of Independence. They ambushed two RIC (Royal Irish Constabulary forerunners of the RUC in Northern Ireland) who were escorting a consignment of explosives to a local stone quarry on the outskirts of Tipperary Town.
Dan and his comrades ordered the two RIC Officers to lay down their weapons and hand over the explosives. The Officers refused and were shot by Dan Breen.
This was the start of the War and this book gives you an insight into to the life and times of Dan Breen and of Ireland at that time.
The Irish Civil war followed and this was the saddest episode in Ireland's history. This eventually led to the partition of the Island of Ireland with the creation of the Six Counties or Northern Ireland.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian J. Lanahan on October 2, 2009
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This is a great first hand account of the Anglo-Irish war, and Irish civil war by Dan Breen. Dan was an IRA volunteer with a flying column living life on the run fighting the Tans and the RIC. Truly a brave patriot.
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I enjoyed reading this tactical narrative of Dan Breen's struggle to support the Irish republic. I'm looking forward to reading a historians perspective next.
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