The scrap : a true story from the 1916 rising / Gene Kerrigan.
By: Kerrigan, Gene.Publisher: Dublin : Doubleday Ireland, 2015Description: xii, , 362 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9781781620359 : (pbk).Subject(s): Ireland -- History -- Easter Rising, 1916 | Ireland -- Personal narratives. -- History -- Easter Rising, 1916DDC classification: 941.50821
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction -- Main characters -- A note on sources -- Maps --Part One April 1916 -- Part Two The politics that created F company -- Part Three The scrap begins -- Part Four Troop trains -- Part Five Gunfire -- Part Six Shellfire -- Part Seven Hellfire -- Part Eight Victory in defeat, defeat in victory -- Epilogue What became of the survivors? -- Sources -- Thanks -- Picture acknowledgements -- Index
Charlie Saurin, Frank Henderson, Oscar Traynor and Boss Shields lived on the north side of Dublin in 1916. 'The Scrap' follows them through the week of the Easter Rising - from their F Company base in Fairview, where they fought one of the first skirmishes with the British, and into the centre of Dublin, where they were involved in increasingly bloody fighting. Using highly personal documents from the Bureau of Military History, the story is one of gripping detail, as we follow F Company into the GPO and see icons of Irish history as the rank and file Volunteers saw them. From there to the panic and pain of Moore Street, where the leaders began to consider surrender, and some of the members of F Company faced the ultimate test. In the last hours of the 1916 Easter Rising, 20-year old Charlie Saurin came face to face with his Commander-in-Chief, Patrick Pearse. In a final gamble, Pearse had a desperate plan to save the collapsing rebellion. It required the sacrifice of Saurin and his comrades. The Scrap is the true story of the rising, from first-hand evidence, as seen by one rebel unit - F Company, 2nd Battalion - following them from the first skirmish in Fairview to the inferno of the GPO. Told in the context of some of the major events of that week, the story of F Company brings alive the excitement, the humour, the horror and the contradictions of that decisive moment in the creation of the Irish state. Copac