Author Muiris Ó Súilleabháin – Erskine Childers at Today in Irish History

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Muiris O Suilleabhain 1904-1950

Muiris O Suilleabhain  1904-1950

Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks 

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1870: Erskine Childers

Irish nationalist Erskine Childers is born in Mayfair London.

Childers was author of Riddle of the Sands, an arms smuggler via The Asgard, father of the fourth president of Ireland Erskine Childers and would be executed by the Free State government for carrying an unlawful weapon. Childers supported the Anti-Treaty forces in the vicious Irish civil war which bedeviled the country 1921-1923. Ironically, the weapon in question was allegedly a gift from one time friend and colleague Michael Collins. In his book The Riddle of Erskine Childers, Andrew Boyle states that Childers’ final words to his executioners, before he was to be shot were “Take a step or two forward, lads. It will be easier that way.”




1950: Author Muiris Ó Súilleabháin (Morris O’Sullivan)

Muiris O Suilleabhain 1904-1950

Death of Irish author Muiris Ó Súilleabháin whose memoir  Fiche Bliain ag Fás (Twenty Years a ‘Growing) tells of his youth while growing up on the  Great Blasket Island ( a tiny windswept isle of the coast of Kerry.) Ó Súilleabháin
drowned while swimming off the coast of Connemara.

Amazon references a number of reviews including:

O’Sullivan here tells the story of his growing up in Great Blasket, a sparse island off Ireland’s Atlantic coast with a Gaelic-speaking population. Along with an introduction by E.M. Forster from the original 1933 printing, this edition contains new photos and illustrations by the author. (Library Journal )

It is a summer island of romantic beauty that he shows us, dwelling always on the colour of the scenery and the bright, wild life… (London Times Literary Supplement )

This natural and beautiful book brings a breath of sea air and a strange music….It is as alive and sparkling as the sea on a summer morning. (The Observer )

A book to buy, to beg, or to borrow. To miss it is to miss something which will leave your adventuring among books incomplete. (Irish Independent )

You cannot possibly fail to enjoy this book, the only book I have ever reviewed which simply had to be praised without reservation… (The Listener )




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