02 October, 2006

Table of Contents



Dark Rosaleen

I am flesh of the flesh of these lowly, I am bone of their bone. And because I am of the people, I understand the people. I am sorrowful with their sorrow, I am hungry with their desire: My heart has been heavy with the grief of mothers; my eyes have been wet with the tears of children; I have yearned with old wistful men, and laughed or cursed with young men. And now I speak, being full of vision.

-"The Rebel" by P. H. Pearse


Let us bury the dead past of dissensions. Let us leave it that each of us,
like I did myself, believed in the correctness of their choice. I concede
that those on the opposite side believed that their decision was the right one too.”

- General Tom Barry, at the unveiling of a memorial to Michael Collins in Cork, 1965


For my children
With whom the craic is always grand.
Beánnachta Dé

Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve
Chapter Thirteen
Chapter Fourteen
Chapter Fifteen
Chapter Sixteen
Chapter Seventeen
Chapter Eighteen
Chapter Nineteen
Chapter Twenty
Chapter Twenty-One
Chapter Twenty-Two
Chapter Twenty-Three