Thursday 29 September 2016

‘The Scrap’ by Gene Kerrigan - Military records which dramatically bring to life the Easter Rising 1916

Published 09/10/2015 | 11:34

Author and journalist Gene Kerrigan has written a brilliant new book based on military records which dramatically brings to life the Easter Rising 1916.

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‘The Scrap’ provides remarkable detail of the Rising reconstructed from the personal testimonies of some of those on the ground, under the artillery barrage and machinegun fire, during the week of the Rising.

Kerrigan account is the true story of members of F Company, 2nd Battalion, Dublin Brigade of the Irish Volunteers based in Fairview. “If in this story there are tears in a man’s eyes it’s not made up. If sparks fly from horses’ hooves when Lancers gallop on cobblestones, it’s not poetic licence. It’s there in the remarkable military archives,” he says.

Members of F Company were active in the GPO, in Jacob’s factory and in the last phase of the rising, in Moore Street. In ‘The Scrap’, people such as Patrick Pearse, James Connolly, Tom Clarke and Michael Collins are seen “through the eyes of the rank and file, junior officers, nurses and others.”

Kerrigan said: “The story of F Company reflects the larger one: a small band of mostly young men and women challenged an empire that comprised a fifth of the world’s population – and lost. And then won.”

The Sunday Independent this weekend, and next, will publish extracts from the book which is already tipped to be one of the books of the year.

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