Dubray Books. James Connolly: 16Lives
Please click Accept Cookies to continue to use the site. James Connolly became a leading Irish socialist and revolutionary, and was one of the leaders of Ireland's rebellion in As a youth he had served in the British army in Ireland and, seeing how they treated the local population, became hugely disillusioned with the British Army.
He was Commandant of the Dublin Brigade in the Easter Rising and, too injured to stand before the firing squad, was executed tied to a chair. Written in an entertaining, educational and assessible style, this biography is an accurate and well-researched portrayal of the man behind the uprising.
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Connolly was instrumental in encouraging the formation an Irish Labour Party in , while the following year, he was consumed by the events of the Dublin Lockout. Connolly never abandoned his belief in socialism, but it was now supplanted as a priority by the need for a national insurrection against British rule in Ireland. A leading opponent of recruitment, Connolly was, by the end of , threatening to mount an armed rebellion with his small ICA if nobody else was prepared to take action.
Connolly was co-opted onto the Military Council and contributed much to the planning and execution of the Rising the following Easter. He also helped shape it legacy, his influence apparent in the socialist and egalitarian aspects of the Patrick Pearse -drafted proclamation. He remained in charge even after suffering a serious injury to his ankle and remained in the GPO until surrendering on April 29th.
After court martial he was executed, due his injuries, seated on a wooden box in Kilmainham Jail on 12 May Survived by a wife and six children his eldest daughter had died in , he was buried at the cemetery in Arbour Hill military barracks. The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.
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