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  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Mercier Press (2 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856356329
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856356329
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Liam O Duibhir is from Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. He worked in the youth sector from 2005 to 2007 as a youth information officer and as a policy officer. Since December 2007 he has been writing full time. The Donegal Awakening is the first fruit of those efforts and he is currently completing a follow up running from the Truce period that tells the story of Donegal during the Civil War.

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By KENNETH DODDS on 6 July 2009
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There was a need to produce a history of the Anglo-Irish War in such an enigmatic county as Donegal. The book has a clear sense of the development of SF/IRA organisation, structures and development to 1921.It does read a bit like a catalogue of incidents at times but that is not surprising in a large county like Donegal. The author includes some nice detail, e.g. how the IRA forces in the north of the county were handicapped by the seasonal migration of their men to look for farmwork in Scotland and England.

I have reservations about the book. The Acknowledgements section makes it clear that the book is dependent on personal accounts of mainly SF supporters and sympathisers. Unfortunately, the experiences and organsisations of the loyalists in Donegal, more than a fifth of the county population, receive but sketchy attention. The book deals with many quite minor incidents in the guerilla war but fails to mention some of the more startling incidents which hit the national press. Examples are the Traffic Manager of the County Donegal Railway's seeing off IRA raiders single-handedly with a pistol when they boarded his train at Drumbar in September 1920 and the desecration of Meenglas Church of Ireland church at the same time as the IRA raid on Meenglas Post Office April 1921(which is mentioned) . Finally, there are folk-myths perpetuated when the author deals with the war in general. One example - the brutal Black and Tans were not all "ex-soldiers and unemployed workers from England". A significant number of them were Irish !
You do get the impression that the author is quite partisan rather than balanced in his approach at times.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. MCGINLEY on 22 Nov. 2009
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Having traced my families roots back to Donegal I was delighted to read about so many McGinley's having an active part in kicking the British out of Irealnd (or at least part of it).
Although my family left more than a hundred years before the Easter uprising, I am proud to have ties with the freedom fighters even though I'm a Brit myself.

An interesting read with a good selection of photos. Recommended for anyone with an interest in Donegal, it's people and their passion for justice & freedom.

Clann Fionnghaileach Abú!
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Coolbaire37 on 24 Mar. 2012
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Cruthaionn An tUasal O'Duibhir leabhar maith faoi Chogadh na Saoirse i Contae Tir Chonaill. Cuireann an t-udar beim speisialta ar eachtrai aituil ach nior dhearna se dearmad ar eachtrai eile a raibh ag tharla ar fud na tire. Seo e leabhar don pearsanta a bhfuil suim acu i gcursai stairuil maidir le muintir na hEireann agus le muintir Tir Chonaill.
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