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Rising Out

Sean Connolly of Longford

The Centenary Classics series examines the fascinating time of change and evolution in the Ireland of 100 years ago during the 1916-23 revolutionary period. Each volume is introduced by Fearghal McGarry who sets the scene of this important period in Ireland’s history. Rising Out tells the story of Brigadier Sean Connolly, O/C of the Longford Brigade, who was fatally wounded in action on 11 March 1921 at Selton Hill, near Mohill (Co. Leitrim), by British forces during the War of Independence. Comdt-General Ernie O’Malley came across the story in interviews with Tan and Civil War survivors in the early 1950s. The account makes Connolly come alive as a person - his schooling, love of music, education, farming family background and devotion to the nationalist cause. O’Malley, who had actually organised the Irish Volunteers in parts of the area and had known many of the local leaders, gives the social setting for the IRA activities and explains the subtle roles of the IRA General HQ, of the Catholic Church and the Anglo-Irish gentry. Most memorably, he describes in detail what the fighting men actually did locally and what a local leader had to do in order to organise his men.The introduction by his son, Cormac K.H. O’Malley, explains how this memoir came into existence and describes his father’s role during the revolutionary period.

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Table of Contents

Series Introduction Abbreviations Introduction Longford Longford, 1916-18 Longford and National Developments, 1918-20 Longford, 1920 - Drumlish, Mostrim, Ballinamuck, Top Longford, September 1920 - Ballymahon and Arvagh Barracks North Roscommon, October 1920 - Castlenode North Roscomman, November-December 1920 - Elphin and Ballinalee Barracks Dublin Castle, December 1920 Roscommon, October 1920-February 1921 - Flying Column, Sheemore, Selton Hill Appendices Notes Index.

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