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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: O'Brien Press; First Thus edition (14 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086278638X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0862786380
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A short popular-style history of the event -- indeed a remarkably thorough one, in which we discovered events we had forgotten or not known, and found photographs that were new to us too -- but the arrangement by location rather than time means that the devout pilgrim or visitor is encouraged and helped to view the places of significance.' (Books Ireland)

About the Author

CONOR KOSTICK was a designer for the world's first live fantasy role-playing game, based in Peckforton Castle, Cheshire. He now resides in Dublin where he teaches medieval history at Trinity College Dublin. He is the author of several historical, political and cultural works. Conor was also a reviewer for the Journal of Music in Ireland and was twice chairperson of the Irish Writers' Union.

Lorcan Collins studied Literature in UCD. He has had a lifelong interest in Irish history. With Conor Kostick he set up the 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour of Dublin on the eightieth anniversary of the Rising, details of which can be found at their website.


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By A Customer on 25 Feb. 2002
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The Easter Rising : A Guide to Dublin in 1916 by Conor Kostick and Lorcan Collins is simply a great book. Well-researched, well-written, and with fantastic photographs, anyone interested in Irish history should own this book. Make it a point, too, to take their Easter Rising walking tour, which meets at the International Bar. It is a highlight of any trip to Dublin. Well done, lads!
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Can't help becoming enthused with the subject once you start to read this book. Lots of good photographs and human-interest details throughout. The story of the Rising is told as a journey through central Dublin, with chapters linked to city locations and landmarks. The book lacks an index but, once read, information which has been associated with a particular marker can then be accessed again by turning to that marker's chapter.
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At last we have a concise account of the Easter Rising. Collins and Kostick have contributed a really worthwhile book to the tomes of Irish history. This book has one very important quality; it is highly readable. And although highly informative it avoids any leanings towards the didactic format most books of this kind take. The books birth, from a historical tour of Dublin probably aided the books readability. The result is that the topic has a human feel which most history books seem to omit in recording the events. Amongst this praise for the style and accessibility of the book don't think that causes, mechanics and consequences of the events have been in any way neglected. One would indeed struggle to find a book of similar size that contained so much history, both political and social. The best way to sum this book up is to say that on completion I felt regret; regret firstly that it wasn't at hand when as a confused student I tried to unravel the history of Ireland, and secondly that there are not more historians writing in this manner. Keep it up lads.
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Having spent a considerable amount of time in Dublin it is easy to become attached to that wonderful city. "The Easter Rising" is more than a history book and more than a guide book. It is a little bit of Dublin you can keep. It tells of its energies, its aspirations and failures at a critical point in its history and the history of Ireland.
The story is told with the great wit Dubliners are famous for. Gripping.
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Kostick and Collins bring to life the sounds, emotions and people of the rebellion so superbly that you won't need to visit Dublin to be there!!
This book is a must for anyone who either wants to use it as a tourist guide to the streets of Dublin or simply read it as a means to learn more about the Rising.
Each event, the reason and result is explained brilliantly without getting too complicated or over simplified.
I could not put this book down and read it again at every location once I was in Dublin.
I would definetley recommend this to anyone.
10 out of 10!
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This is a well researched and brilliantly executed book presenting the events in a clear order whist resisting the temptation to become overly partisan in it's opinions. In particular the photographs give a real feel for the people and places depicted.
In fairness the book was purchased on high recommendation prior to a recent trip to the beautiful city of Dublin and I was so impressed that I purchased two more copies for close friends.
I would definitely recommend it for any visitor with an interest in Irish history, ideally to be followed up by taking part in the Easter Rising walking tour whilst in the city. The tour departs daily from The International Bar and is frequently conducted by the co-author Lorcan Collins, a man whose company is one of the city's great pleasures.
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This book is an invaluable resource for anyone with an interest in Irish history. It is written in an informal style that brings the sights and sounds of the Easter Rising to life. The addition of photographs was an unexpected treat that enhanced my enjoyment. Kostick and Collins manage to entertain while providing an accurate depiction of location and events. The centenary is on the horizon and, with that in mind, I'd recommend this book to Irish citizens and tourists alike. For the casual tourist there is the added bonus of an insider's view of Dublin, the cracks and crevices that are normally overlooked in a generic guide. A thoroughly enjoyable and informative read.
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Fantastic book, gets straight to the point, no waffle, no uncessary wooley dialogue.Buy it or miss out.

Even better, if you are in Dublin do the tour, then by the book. One of the authors Lorcan Collins conducts a 1916 Rebellion walking tour, which starts outside the International Bar on Wicklow Street in Dublin. Its fantastic and in my opinion is the best 12 euros you can spend while in Dublin!

So go on, go on...do the tour and buy the book!
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