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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Don't miss Birth of a Nation – a pictorial record of how the Irish State came into being

John Spain, Books Editor on our fabulous new Irish Independent magazine series

This is the past as you've never seen it before. It's the birth of the Irish nation brought brilliantly to life in three photographic supplements.

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week the Irish Independent publishes the three supplements, which cover the 1916 Rising, the War of Independence and the Civil War.

Adding up to a combined 80 pages, these historic supplements include many rarely seen pictures, printed in large format, making these three magazines particularly memorable.

The supplements are being published by the Irish Independent in association with the National Photographic Archive at the National Library of Ireland.

Each supplement will contain a chronology on the period plus a keynote article by a leading historian.

The 1916 Rising Supplement on Tuesday is introduced by Diarmaid Ferriter, Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD and author of the huge bestseller Judging Dev.

The War of Independence supplement on Wednesday is introduced by Dr Anne Dolan, lecturer in Modern Irish History at Trinity College and Secretary of the Irish Historical Society.

The Civil War Supplement on Thursday is introduced by Tim Pat Coogan, Ireland's most popular historian and author of the bestselling books on The IRA, Michael Collins, and de Valera.

The picture research has been done by Sara Smyth, Assistant Keeper at the Photographic Archive, and draws together the best photographs from the period from over 600,000 images in the various collections at the archive.

The supplements include some recently acquired historic pictures from the War of Independence.

These supplements echo Yeats's famous line ‘A Terrible Beauty is Born’. They offer a stunning visual record of our past and bring the birth of our nation vividly to life.

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