About the Book
This entertaining and educational history of Ireland focuses on short biographies, quirky facts, and the obscure moments that have shaped Ireland over the last hundred years. It is told in three sections. The first, ‘Petticoats’, focuses on female fighters and freethinkers, who have often been left out of many other narratives. ‘Patriots’ chronicles lesser-known facts about the people and the leaders who fought for Ireland from 1916 on. The last section, ‘Partition’, is a stroll through the North of Ireland, packed with the events of its more recent troubled history and the people who have made it what it is today, as it struggles to find a common identity and a lasting path to peace. It is an easy-to-read, gripping anthology of short tales and bite-sized biographies, designed to pique the interest of the reader and tempt them into learning more about Ireland's fascinating history. It focuses on the last hundred years and includes up-to-date commentary about the upcoming 2016 Centenary celebration of the Easter Rising, and the current state of affairs in the North.