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Ned Halloran has lost both his parents—and almost his own life—to the sinking of the Titanic . Determined to keep what little he has, he returns to his homeland in Ireland and enrolls at Saint Enda's school in Dublin. Saint Enda's headmaster is the renowned scholar and poet, Patrick Pearse—who is soon to gain greater fame as a rebel and patriot. Ned becomes totally involved with the growing revolution...and the sacrifices it will demand.

Through Ned's eyes, 1916 examines the ...

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Overview

Ned Halloran has lost both his parents—and almost his own life—to the sinking of the Titanic . Determined to keep what little he has, he returns to his homeland in Ireland and enrolls at Saint Enda's school in Dublin. Saint Enda's headmaster is the renowned scholar and poet, Patrick Pearse—who is soon to gain greater fame as a rebel and patriot. Ned becomes totally involved with the growing revolution...and the sacrifices it will demand.

Through Ned's eyes, 1916 examines the Irish fight for freedom—inspired by poets and schoolteachers, fueled by a desperate desire for independence, and played out in the historic streets of Dublin against the backdrop of World War I. It is the story of the brave men and heroic women who, for a few unforgettable days, managed to hold out against the might of the British Empire to realize an impossible dream.

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Praise for 1916 :

"A thunderous, informative read that rises to the challenge...Llywelyn's best work yet." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A marriage of stories and truth that breathes life into history in a way a textbook never could....It is [Llywelyn's] soul's song for Ireland, which is clearly the place of her heart." — The Knoxville News-Sentinel

"Llywelyn weaves the tapestry of her story with intelligence and skill, and gives us access to a period when the bullets flew and patriots gave their lives for the ideal of freedom." — San Diego Union-Tribune

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Llywelyn's second novel in the series she inaugurated with 1916 (1998) furthers her investigation of Irish history by focusing on Ireland's struggle for freedom from Britain. This volume begins in 1917 in the aftermath of the Easter Rising and carries through to the civil war and the establishment of the Republic of Ireland. That Llywelyn knows her Irish history, culture, language and ambience is unquestionable. Unfortunately, in her attempt to amalgamate her encyclopedic knowledge of Ireland with the fictional adventures of Henry Mooney, a journalist torn between the traditional demands of family and personal ambition and his commitment to his country, she produces a story that is as dense as an Irish bog and nearly as confusing to navigate. Henry, a supporter of the Republican cause but a political moderate and neutral observer by nature, moves with alacrity among the various factions, apparently enjoying journalistic immunity as he uses his pen to further the Irish cause and attack the British. As the situation in the country deteriorates, Henry's personal life becomes more complex. Smitten with passionate S le Halloran, but unable to possess her since she is the wife of his best friend and Easter veteran Ned (protagonist of 1916), Henry falls in love with beautiful Anglo-Irish siren Ella Rutledge, further dividing his loyalties. Often sliding into essayistic prose, with footnotes supplementing the text, the novel depicts events and political developments in exhaustive detail. Though the account of the civil war is thorough and nuanced, readers of 1916 and other popular books by Llywelyn (Lion of Ireland; Bard, etc.) may be taken aback by the historical heft of this offering. (Mar.) Forecasts: Llywelyn is a popular writer and this book won't hurt her sales record, boosted as it will be by an excerpt in the mass market edition of The Last Prince of Ireland (due out March 1), an eight-city author tour, national ad/promo and the availability of a reading group guide (the book is caboosed by 17 pages of source notes and bibliography). Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The task of transforming the events of the 1916 Irish Rebellion into coherent fiction would terrify most writers. Llywelyn (The Lion of Ireland; Red Branch), however, has produced a thunderous, informative read that rises to the challenge. Sticking to the historical facts and incorporating all the major historical figures, Llewelyn filters them through the experience of the fictional Ned Halloran, a young Titanic survivor whose lust for life takes on new meaning when he goes to the Irish-language school run by poet and schoolmaster Pdraic Pearse. Gaining a new appreciation of Irish culture, Ned also learns of Ireland's tragic, bloody history. He soon becomes aware that he is alive in a vibrant and epochal time, when the new century's potential inspires poets and revolutionaries to challenge the British Empire's colonial might. Ned falls in love and graduates from schoolboy to soldier. On Easter Monday, 1916, he is ready for the Rising itself, and (as happened on those famously unisex barricades) his sweetheart fights by his side. Battle scenes are both accurate and compelling. The betrayals, slaughters and passions of the day are all splendidly depicted as Llywelyn delivers a blow-by-blow account of the rebellion and its immediate aftermath. The novel's abundant footnotes should satisfy history buffs; its easy, gripping style will enthrall casual readers with what is Llywelyn's best work yet. Author tour. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Llywelyn revisits the bloody Easter Rising of 1916. (LJ 2/15/98)
School Library Journal
YA-A novel set in Ireland at the time of the Easter Rebellion. Llywelyn tells the tale of 15-year-old Ned Halloran, a young Titanic survivor who lost both of his parents in that disaster. Upon his return to his native Ireland, he becomes embroiled in its rapidly changing political scene. The headmaster of his school is a renowned scholar and also a rebel and patriot for the Irish cause. Ned acts as a courier for the rebels, becoming more and more supportive of their struggle. The young man's coming-of-age is complicated by his feelings of nationalism, the love of several women, and his rescue of a young orphan during a street battle. YAs will get caught up in the excitement of this epic novel and root for Ned as he tries to save his comrades and fights side by side with the woman he loves.-Katherine Fitch, Lake Braddock Middle School, Burke, VA
Kirkus Reviews
A noted chronicler of Irish history and legend (Pride of Lions, 1996, etc.) here deals with the Easter Rising of 1916, as seen through the fictional adventures of a young man close to the inner circle of those working and fighting for Ireland's independence from England. When first introduced, teenager Ned Halloran is on his way to the US with his parents to attend the wedding of sister Kathleen to an Americanþthe ship is the Titanic. On his grieving return to Ireland, Ned, a farmer's son, is sent to St. Enda's, a school where Irish history, languageþand prideþare not only valued but taught with fervor. It's at St. Enda's that he meets the "conspiracy of poets," including Headmaster Padraic Pearse, who will become commander-in-chief during the Rising. Ned becomes acquainted with the many faces and phases of the rebellion against the "looting" and "occupying" English, while a plethora of movements begin to surface: the Sinn Fein (then standing for nonmilitary rebellion); the socialist Connolly's Citizen Army; and the Volunteer Corps. Ned joins the Fianna, a youth corps founded by the doughty Countess Markievicy (who, like the other real-life people here, makes a substantial appearance). In New York, meantime, sister Kathleen makes some unsettling discoveries: Her husband is a brute, contemptuous of her Irish nationalism, and Father Paul, a young priest, is stirring most unspiritual fires within. Back in the homeland, Ned is battling through an amorous dilemma: Is it to be a prim lady (an Anglophile) or a patriotic prostitute, the sister of a dead friend? The revolution heats up; Ned becomes a courier between the many groups and sectors; there are marches,spying, drillsþand finally terrible sacrifice. Llywelyn tells her tale with gusto and a respect for the facts; a good deal of both bizarre and somber history shines through the fictional fustian of its likable characters. (Author tour)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812574920
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 3/15/1999
  • Series: Irish Century Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 4.21 (w) x 6.69 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Since 1980 Morgan Llywelyn has created an entire body of work chronicling the Celts and Ireland, from the earliest times to the present day. her critically acclaimed novels, both of history and of mythology, have been translated into many languages. She is an Irish citizen and lives in Dublin.

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Interviews & Essays

On Sunday, April 5th, barnesandnoble.com welcomed Morgan Llywelyn to discuss 1916.


Moderator: Welcome to the barnesandnoble.com live author Auditorium. Today Morgan Llywelyn, author of 1916, joins us for a live online chat. Good afternoon, Morgan Llywelyn! Welcome to our Auditorium. Do you have any opening comments for your readers?

Morgan Llywelyn: Yes, I do. I think the most important thing about this book, considering what is on the news these days, is the fact that it details the birth of the Irish Republican Army.


Henry from St. Petersburg, FL: I am only vaguely familiar with the events of 1916, and I am very interested to read your book. Could you tell us what events it deals with?

Morgan Llywelyn: The novel sets up the four years surrounding the Easter Rising, which would ultimately win Ireland's independence from England, and in the novel, I show how the diverse strands in both America and Ireland came together to effect this. The American organization known as the Irish Republican Brotherhood actually funded most of the Easter Rising, while in Ireland, a group of idealists, poets, and professors combined with the labor union movement to create the actual event. Simultaneously, through this history, I have run the fiction lives of a group of ordinary people whom the events impacted.


Harold from Oakland, CA: Your book describes the IRA at the time of the Easter Rising. Could you talk about how the ideologies of the IRA at that time differ from the images we have of them today in light of the Troubles in Northern Ireland? Do you think they are truly different organizations, or do we just have a different perception of them in modern times?

Morgan Llywelyn: I think the initial ideology -- that of chivalry, gallantry, decency, the protection of innocent life -- was a very noble one and one to which the IRA aspired for a long time; but the events following the partition of Ireland in 1922 resulted in mounting frustration among paramilitary organizations on both sides of the new border, created by partition. This resulted in mounting tensions, which began to change the actions of the IRA, if not their basic Republican ideal. Then, the last 30 years, since Bloody Sunday in Derry, has seen a shocking escalation of violence again by the paramilitaries on both sides, not just the IRA. This violence, I feel, feeds itself. It becomes a defining characteristic, which makes people forget about ideals in the rush to action. Therein lie the dangers. For the fringe elements, war is fun. Killing is a deadly game that a small percentage on both sides enjoy. So an evolution has taken place that has given the IRA as a whole a dreadful image, which actually should only apply to a part.


Michael from Bennington, VT: I can imagine that this subject is a sensitive one to write about, given that people in Ireland and Northern Ireland still have strong feelings, and in many ways their relationship to one another is still unresolved. What considerations did you take in writing this book to be sensitive to differing views and opinions?

Morgan Llywelyn: This, because it is a novel, has the advantage of allowing me to introduce fictional characters who will represent a wide variety of opinions. While the story is centered on the Republican movement and Ireland's struggle for independence, I also have my fictional characters demonstrate varying degrees of ambivalence toward what was happening. A fictional civil servant named Neville Grantham, for example, represents the point of view of British members of the government in Ireland who understood the reasons behind the rising while at the same time maintained a loyalty to Britain. A book like this one only serves a worthwhile purpose if it allows people to see the other person's point of view, and I have tried to do that insofar as I could, while telling the Republican story.


Ursula P. from Athens, GA: I read that you live in Ireland and have become an Irish citizen. Where are you originally from? If you are not originally from Ireland, how has an outsider's perspective influenced your writing of 1916?

Morgan Llywelyn: Good question! I was born in New York City of Irish parents, so I was always entitled to Irish citizenship. I moved back to Ireland in 1985 but have always had that added dimension of the American experience from which to look at Ireland. I think it helps. I think when you are totally immersed in a culture, it can be easy to forget the larger picture. Many people writing about Ireland, such as James Joyce, have done their best writing from abroad. I would not dream of comparing myself to Joyce, but I appreciate the opportunities I have as someone who has been a citizen of both worlds.


Benjamin A. from Bronx, NY: How did you decide on the characters you would use to tackle such a huge subject? I haven't read your book yet, but do you use real figures from history to describe the events in 1916, or do you create fictional characters? What are the benefits/drawbacks of using fictional versus historical characters?

Morgan Llywelyn: At the front of the book, I have a list of all the characters, first the fictional ones, and then all the historic ones. I wrote this book first as if I were writing a nonfiction history, relating the events and the people who made them in detail. Then I created fictional characters to weave through the history and represent ordinary people from different walks of life in Ireland in the period from 1912 to 1916. Each of the fictional characters represents something different. Male and female, they give a broad spectrum of the Irish society of the time and allow us to see the historic characters through their eyes. Dealing with this particular subject, I believe this is a good way of handling the material, in that I can tell the story of the historic characters without putting my own words and feelings into them. My viewpoint comes only through the fictional characters, leaving the historic ones to express their own viewpoints as they actually did.


Elke from Pittsburgh, PA: Did you learn anything in your research for 1916 that turned out to be different from commonly held attitudes or opinions about the events today?

Morgan Llywelyn: Absolutely! Because of the Troubles in the North, since Bloody Sunday, historical revisionism has taken place. Many of the younger people in Ireland today have grown up with an impression fostered by that revisionism. They have been encouraged to think of the leaders of the Easter Rising as bloodthirsty fools rather than as the great men and women they really were. This perception is certainly not universal in Ireland, but it does affect a percentage of the population and has been encouraged for political reasons, thus tying the Irish Republican Army to savage roots that it does not have.


George from Boynton Beach, FL: What sort of research did you do to write 1916? Did this differ from the research you've done for your other novels?

Morgan Llywelyn: I have been working on the research for 1916 for the last ten or eleven years, which meant doing a tremendous amount of reading and collecting of archival material. I have footnoted the book extensively so that readers can backtrack my research if they like. There is a very large bibliography included, and I was also fortunate enough to be given access to a number of private family papers, journals, letters, etc., that have not been published and may never be published. This very large volume of material helped me to understand what happened in 1916 as if I were really there rather than merely looking back upon it. Seen from inside, the events are very different than they would be if we were only looking back across 80 years.


Marion from Dayton, Ohio: How has your book been received in Ireland?

Morgan Llywelyn: So far, it is not yet in Ireland; it is just coming in now. It won't be officially published in Ireland until Easter week. I expect it to be controversial. I hope it will also be both informative and entertaining, but I am confident enough of the research that I don't really worry about its reception. People will like it or hate it, but I hope they'll read it with an open mind and stop for a minute to think about the men and women who won them their freedom.


Douglas Orman from Rochester, NY: Did your view of the events in 1916 change by the time you had finished the novel? In what way? How did you initially envision them, and how do you see them now?

Morgan Llywelyn: My view changed a lot. I had started the research from the common perception that we have in Ireland today. The research itself reeducated me, and I think that is what research should do. If you just find out things that support your initial concept, you haven't learned very much. By the time I had finished working on 1916, I realized just how much we lost with the execution of men like Patrick Pearse. Had he and James Connely lived, there might never have been partition. Ireland would be prosperous today anyway, but she might have a lot fewer scars.


Patricia from Cleveland, OH: What do you think lies behind the continuing violence in Northern Ireland?

Morgan Llywelyn: Firstly, let me say, it is not religious. The terms "Catholic" and "Protestant" are labels pasted on to justify greed, political expediency, a desire to retain privilege, a desire to retain status, and to some degree, a sheer joy in violence. The worst elements in human nature are always those which fuel this kind of conflict, and that is what makes it so hard to bring to an end.


Erin Fitzpatrick from Trenton, NJ: Looking at your backlist, it would appear that you don't usually write about history in the 20th century. How does it compare with, say, a history of the Celts in Ireland or writing about mythology? Can we expect more relatively modern historical novels from you in the future? Thanks, Erin.

Morgan Llywelyn: Yes, you can! I will be following 1916 with two more: 1921: THE WAR OF INDEPENDENCE and 1949: THE IRISH REPUBLIC. Comparing it with writing about ancient Ireland, I feel like I have always been working my way toward this, trying to understand the forces that shaped us and made us the people we are today. In Ireland, at least, you have to understand the ancient past in order to have any understanding of modern history, so they do all connect.


Tom from Little Rock, Arkansas: What would Ireland be like today if the Easter Rising had never happened? Do you think some other event would have taken its place and everything would be the same as it is now, or do you think things would be drastically different if things had gone differently on that day?

Morgan Llywelyn: If the Easter Rising had never happened, Ireland today might be in the same position as Scotland: still part of the British Empire, still trying to establish a degree of autonomy within that empire, and therefore we would not have the remarkable prosperity we have achieved as a republic. Ireland in the last few years has been changed, changed utterly, into a Celtic tiger, and that could only have happened with independence. Some other event in the years leading up to the present day might have effected a drastic change in Ireland, but I cannot imagine one which would have been as profound as that resulting from the Rising and the War for Independence.


Elise from NYC: Did you see the film "Michael Collins"? What did you think of it? How does your account of the events differ from that portrayed in the film?

Morgan Llywelyn: I did see the film. I thought it was very good indeed. Ireland being Ireland, of course, Neil Jordan was criticized for what were seen as historical inaccuracies, but overall his interpretation of events and characters was quite good. My novel, 1916, covers the period preceding that of the film, however, and Michael Collins, in actuality, only played a minor role in the Easter Rising itself. His time was to come with the War for Independence. My major criticism of the film is that it did not tell enough about the historical context to enable people to understand what was going on, unless they already knew some Irish history. Something as important as the treaty was not even shown.


JWilliam from Evanston, IL: Do you expect that the second inquiry into Bloody Sunday will bring any closure, or is it expected to be yet another cover-up?

Morgan Llywelyn: I think the inquiry is necessary. It may not bring closure, because the wounds are so deep and the pain, in many ways, is still fresh, but anything that sets the record straight enables people to move forward. It is only misremembering that makes the past dangerous.


Moderator: Thank you, Morgan Llywelyn, for this interesting discussion of Ireland and your book 1916. Do you have any closing comments?

Morgan Llywelyn: I do! I want to thank all the people who asked such thought-provoking questions. They have reminded me why I wrote this book in the first place!


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  • Posted April 7, 2010

    Almost 100 years later the issue is still not totally resolved.

    As and Irish-American I've always heard of the Easter Rising of 1916. This historical novel goes a long way towards understanding its motives, leaders, and the country's aftermath. Again, as an Irish-American its astounding to me that the British government, in the twentieth century, was so despotic and hypocritical. Despotic in their total domination of the Irish people showing no regard for their human rights, and hypcritical in the sense that they fought in World War I for the freedoms of small european nations while not allowing Home Rule or political freedoms for its subjects in Ireland. The beginning of the book has a reference of the historical characters in the book that is both useful and necessary for the clarity of the story line. If you are interested in Irish history, particularly Ireland's relation to England, this is a great book

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

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    This is an amazing book. Morgan Lellwyn is a great story teller

    This is an amazing book. Morgan Lellwyn is a great story teller and really knows her history. This book may be long (1400 pgs) by draws you in from beginning to end. I know the story of the 1916 uprising but still hated for this story to end. I highly recommend her Lion of Ireland as well.

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  • Posted September 26, 2012

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    A Must-Read for Historical Fiction Readers

    Morgan Llywellyn's historical novel about the Easter Rebellion should be required reading for anyone with a drop of Irish blood in their veins. As a student of history, particularly Irish history, I had read the historic facts from several different angles and sources, yet the author still found ways to surprise me. The story, woven through the deeply personal passages of main characters including a survivor of the Titanic tragedy, adds a focused, personal perspective on a very heroic, yet ultimately terrible tragedy of hope and loss. Yet, contained in the withered stalk of defeat is the living seed that will, in just a very few years' time, finally leave Ireland a free nation again.

    Ringing with the authenticity her work is known for, Ms. Llywellyn teaches us both the glory of the heroes struggle as much as the inhumanity and terror hiding in the shadows. I came away from this absorbing read with a more personal understanding of just what this effort cost Ireland. The echoes still ring today.

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  • Posted July 19, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    This is a great historial fiction book on the history of Ireland. In depth character development with good story lines leading into the history and facts surrounding the era. Morgan Llywelyn's name can stand alongside Leon Uris in the depth and scope of her writing. I am currently reading her second novel "1921" about Ireland.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2004

    one of the best books about the rebellion

    it was so good to read this...as a protestant irish, whose parents lived in Belfast during the rebellion, i was enthrolled....it is my fervent hope that Ireland will be reunited....my parents were Irish first and Protestant second.....tony Blair's apology was not good enough...it is hard to believe that nearly a century later, some of the same thinking continues....

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  • Posted August 2, 2014

    Excellent, well-written history of Ireland

    This is a long book - it goes into the reasons behind Ireland's reach for self-determination. The characters are interesting - the story is compelling - there are characters who were actually involved in this fight. I enjoyed it very much.

    There are just enough character stories to make the history part stand out. The stories were wonderful, and the history is nothing I had too much knowledge of. Well worth reading.

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  • Posted January 15, 2014

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    Over 500 pages, this is a hefty read. Even though the book is a

    Over 500 pages, this is a hefty read. Even though the book is a fictional novel, it has a whole cast of historical characters. It has details that you want to slowly absorb and embrace. I paced myself at 25 pages a night at bedtime. Those who have pledged to read 3,000 books by year end will laugh at me. I think if you have experienced 1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion you will agree with me, this work should be cherished at a leisurely pace.




    That being said, even at a leisurely pace I would find myself confused by the host of historical characters at times. I don’t think this is the author’s fault, more likely the fault of the reader who had worked long hours, ate a giant dinner, then tucked into her super warm bed with heated mattress cover. This was an amazing rebellion and it took the efforts of many people. Shame on my pea brain not to remember this angry poet from that angry poet when I’m drowsy.




    I adored the main character, Ned Halloran. You are introduced to him as he is taking a voyage with his parents on a grand ship! This ship is heading to America and they will be attending his sister’s wedding in New York. Oh, but why did the buy tickets for the Titanic?




    I never thought I was going to get to the actual butt kicking! Call me a girl who loves some action, blame it on my Irish pride. I was ready for the boys to get out there and take back what was theirs. You must be patient though. If not you’ll find yourself feeling like Scarlet on the steps of Tara.




    There was one thing that was keeping me going when the butt kicking seemed to never come.




    Father Paul O’Shaughnessy. A good looking priest holding up the faith, no matter how hard that may be at times. Father Paul has himself in an awkward situation. A damsel of the congregation is in distress and she is asking for house calls. Holy Temptation!




    You good Catholics are probably saying, ‘Not a man of God! He couldn’t.’ I’m not religious, so I can say … Go ahead and tap that, girlfriend!




    That was probably too much.




    An enjoyable aspect of the book for me was the Irish slang. I have promised to incorporate the saying, ‘Funnier looking that a fish with three ears.’




    All fun, games and erotic priest aside, I loved this book. I agree with those readers who enjoyed the historical lesson without the classroom feel. There’s enough emotional storyline to keep you drawn in, even if the war comes or not. There were some unanswered questions in the end, but none that were uncalled for. The end of a book isn't always supposed to spell out every little detail for you. Some books leave you to imagine all the endless possibilities on your own.

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  • Posted June 18, 2012

    A bit romanticized, but still amazingly moving story of a monume

    A bit romanticized, but still amazingly moving story of a monumental event that few outside Ireland seem to know about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2005

    Can hardly put it down...

    I bought this book for my father back in March for his birthday. He read it and said it was a good read. I picked it up three days ago and have hardly been able to put it down since. As an American of Feinian heritage, it is interesting to read about the tumultuous events that gave birth to the Ireland that we have today (independent). It is a shame that there are still 6 counties in the North that are still in bondage as they have been for almost a century (since the birth of the Republic). 26 + 6 = 1 !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2003

    A MUST READ FOR ALL IRISH!!

    Highly recommend this brilliant book. The way she captures the characters is truly poetic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2002

    Morgan Scores Yet Another Victory!

    After a long hiatus from reading historical fiction, this novel rekindles my love of reading. I read the entire book in one setting. I can't wait to read the rest of her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2002

    totally enjoyable read

    I am an avid reader of history and bought this book for light reading. I found it to be extremely well written with a very complete history even though it was a novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2001

    Dublin Was Burning with the Fire of Freedom

    '1916' is a wonderful book about the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin. It's very poignantly written...a tearjerker if you're passionate about Ireland. An excellent work of faction for anyone with interest in Ireland...highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2001

    Relive the Irish Easter Rebellion

    Morgan Llywelyn is a true craftsman with a pen ! Her ability to transport us from 2001 and place us right in the middle of the 1916 Easter Rebellion is fabulous. To be an 'insider' and find out about the brave souls who risked their lives to pursue their dreams of a truely 'Free' Ireland is remarkable. Her attention to descriptive details of dress, smells, environment, location and weather, make the reader feel they are actually present during these historically important events. Her ability to develop believable characters, whicht you can get emotionally attached to...or even detest is great. Everyone who hungers for a 'glimpse' of what this historically important Irish Event was like...will go away satisfied, but stimulated to find more books on this subject! A truely great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2001

    Great Depiction of Irish History

    '1916' is an excellent book about a young man's life from the sinking of the Irish-built Titanic in 1912 to the Irish Rebellion (Easter Rising) of 1916. Ned Halloran, a boy from Co. Clare, moves to Dublin after he survives the sinking of the Titanic and his parents are killed. He attends St. Enda's School in Rathfarnham...his headmaster is the great leader of the Rising, Pádraig Pearse. Ned becomes good friends with Mr. Pearse and gets involved with politics. He joins the Irish Volunteers and fights in the Rising for a free, united Ireland, as well as dealing with his personal problems with his lover and other relationships. Well worth reading for any Irish enthusiast!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2000

    For The Love of Irish

    1916 gave me a greater understanding of the struggles of the Irish. The writer pulled me into the story with emotions we all feel and at the same time gave me real historical facts I was not aware of. It's about love of country and about growing up and learning to love another. When you read this book, you'll feel the story that will grab your heart.

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