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My Fight for Irish Freedom Paperback – December 31, 1993
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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.
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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Replacing a old lost book fantastic Irish history lessons inside. B. KellyPublished 5 days ago by Brian E. Kelly
my husband was delighted with this book of irish history which relates to distant relativesPublished 18 months ago by rosemary mayne-flower
Brilliant! A great history book that must be read by all students of Irish and English history.Published 21 months ago by Tom Shriver
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.Published on April 24, 2014 by Skullie