Congratulations to Dr Ruan O’Donnell (Dept of History), whose biography of Patrick Pearse was launched by O’Brien Press in the GPO, Dublin, on 29 February 2016. This is the final volume in the acclaimed ’16 Lives’ series of which Dr O’Donnell is Co-General Editor. The book is heavily indebted to newly available primary sources, as well as hitherto unknown private papers held in Ireland and the United States, and presents a far more nuanced and authoritative perspective on a leading historical figure.
Part of the 16 Lives series, this biography examines the life of Patrick Pearse, a major figure in the 1916 Rising. Patrick Pearse was born in Dublin and spent many summers in Rosmuc in Galway learning Irish. He established a school for boys, St. Enda’s School, where children could learn about Irish culture and language. The public face of the 1916 Rising, Pearse was in charge of the General Post Office (G.P.O.). When the British army overpowered the Irish rebels, it was Pearse who ordered their general surrender in order to save further loss of life. He was tried and executed by a firing squad in Kilmainham Jail on the 3rd of May 1916.