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New book on rebel John Paul Galligan

Published 04/12/2012 | 11:11

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A BOOK about one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising in Enniscorthy, Peter Paul Galligan, will be launched in Enniscorthy Castle this Thursday, December 6 at 7 p.m.

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'One of the Most Dangerous Men in the Rebel Movement' was written by Kevin Galligan, a grandson of the revolutionary.

Kevin points out that the stories of high-profile leaders such as Michael Collins and Eamon de Valera, along with guerillas like Tom Barry and Ernie O' Malley, have been well told, but the input of other senior-ranking activists has remained in the shadows. His book throws light on what it was like to try launch the Easter Rising in a provincial town, and what happened to the volunteers imprisoned after the Rising in maximum security prisons.

Peter Paul Galligan joined the Irish Republican Brotherhood in 1910 and the Irish Volunteers in 1913. In 1916 he helped to lead the Easter Rising in Enniscorthy. On the surrender of the rebels, he was imprisoned in the harshest of conditions in Dartmoor prison. He was forbidden to speak to other prisoners and restricted at times to a diet of bread and water.

Galligan's story also shows the experience of the War of Independence on the ground in his native County Cavan.

Dublin Castle files refer to him as 'one of the most dangerous men in the Rebel Movement.'

Later, as a member of Dáil Eireann, Galligan voted for the Treaty but also voted two days later for Eamon de Valera as President.

In the ensuing Civil War, he stayed neutral but was in contact with the Anti-Treaty commanders.

His grandson's book tells the fascinating story of a little-known but significant contributor to Irish history. Kevin was compelled to write it after reading his grandfather's historical letters.

Kevin is Regional Director of DX Ireland – a logistics operator specialising in the delivery of time sensitive and mission critical items. He lives in Dublin and is married with two children.

All are welcome to attend the launch.

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