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Sean MacDiarmada


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Brian Feeney, a political columnist with the Irish News, is a leading nationalist commentator and frequent broadcaster on Northern Ireland affairs. He was an SDLP councillor for sixteen years. He is co-author of Lost Lives: the story of the men, women and children killed in the Northern Ireland troubles. In 2001 the book won the Christopher Ewart-Biggs award for its contribution to reconciliation in Ireland and Europe. A historian by profession, he is Head of History at St Mary's University College, Belfast.


emerges from the ashes of the Rising and Frongach as the real leader in waiting of the nascent post-Rising revolutionary movement -- Enniscorthy Echo views will still be divided on the whole question of the Easter Rising and its unforeseen consequences, with which this island is still living. But these books go some way to filling out the facts behind the mythology that has so long surrounded the events of Easter Week -- The Irish Catholic In his well-researched book on the most enigmatic of the Rising's leaders Brian Feeney addresses the difficulty of writing a biography of a figure who left little in the way a documentary trail ... This short volume is a fine addition to the ever increasing literature on this period. MacDiarmada comes across as a committed and driven man, charming and sometimes funny yet single-minded and capable of manipulation. In the run-up to the centenaries the great dangers are to be on the one hand overly reverential or on the other overly critical. Feeney avoids these dangers -- Dublin Review of Books

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