The Siege of the GPO
Headquarters and focus of the 1916 Rising, Dublin's General Post Office is the most famous building in Ireland. This book tells the story of the events in and around the GPO in Easter Week, using eye-witness accounts, diaries and newspaper reports - 'a riveting read' Roy Foster
9781846680618 (25 Mar 2010)
About the book
It was taken over by the Irish Volunteers on Easter Monday 1916 and held for nearly a week. But the rebels finally surrendered the GPO to the Crown forces after heavy gun bombardment, and the ensuing conflagration reduced the building to an empty shell and destroyed much of the centre of the city.Clair Wills' rich and rewarding book recounts the dramatic events of Easter Week. But she also tracks the obsession with Dublin's iconic edifice through literature, film and art, exploring the twists and turns that the myth of the GPO has undergone in the last century. It has stood for sacrifice and treachery, national unity and divisive violence, for the future and the past.
She is to be congratulated on retelling that narrative with originality, economy and erudition.
Will's possesses a sharp eye for the quiddity of the everyday, and a marvellous ear for quotation ... her stylish, suggestive and highly intelligent book provides a riveting read
Wills guides us expertly from one commemorative stepping stone to another
Comprehensive in its details of the battle which raged in the city centre and particularly good on its aftermath...
An excellent cultural history that gives due emphasis to the "literary elements of the rising."
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