The Longest Rebellion, by Chris Lawlor
Published by Small World Media in 2007, 206 pages. Paperback (N3401)
The 1798 Rebellion was a decisive moment in Irish history - it shaped Loyalist and Republican attitudes for generations afterwards, and although the enormity of the rebellion and its legacy cannot be overstated, the event itself was short-lived. The savagery of the fighting lasted through one fateful summer, and by its end the insurrection was totally subdued. Yet there was one area in the west of County Wicklow where the rebellion was not subdued. The violence here lasted five and a half years and only ended when the rebels freely laid down their arms in December 1803......
The rebellion in the west of County Wicklow was centred on Dunlavin parish, which stretches from the County Kildare border to the summit of Lugnaquilla, Leinster's highest mountain, and the picturesque village of Dunlavin was the scene of a horrific massacre on the very first day of the 1798 Rebellion. Thirty six unarmed and defenceless prisoners, arrested before the rebellion broke out, who had played no part in the hostilities were shot on the village green, and other prisoners were hanged from the pillars of the village market house.
This book examines the causes of the massacre and studies the key personalities involved. The events of the fateful day are examined and the consequences of the event are analysed, including the subsequent guerrilla campaign waged by Michael Dwyer and his rebel band in the Wicklow Mountains.
This book goes on to follow the activities of Dwyer, born in the Glen of Imaal, who fought in Wexford during the 1798 Rebellion. Following the defeat of the rebel armies, Dwyer retreated into the wilderness of the Wicklow Mountains, and from here he waged a relentless guerrilla campaign for more than five years. Eventually, with no hope of help from Napoleonic France, Dwyer arranged terms with the authorities and ended his resistance in December 1803. The rebel leader expected to be given safe passage to America, but he was held in Kilmainham Jail and transported to Australia in 1805.
This book is a must read for anyone interested in the events of the 1798 rebellion, as well as the more general history of the Irish struggle for independence
The condition of the book is generallly very good. The cover has some minor scuffs and blemishes, and light wear along the edges and corners, but the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.