I have read many books about 1916 and some of the participants, and I received a present of two more 1916 books this past Christmas. The first of these is named after a famous quote from James Connolly "Courage Boys, We are Winning". Michael Barry is a photographer and he has produced an interesting book of photographs based on the lead up to, and including, the Rising.
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The book is a mix of well-known photographs, a few I had not seen before, plus some present day photos (by Barry himself). Each photo is given a caption and explanation, which is almost - but not quite a narration of the Rising. I found the photos of the damage to O'Connell Street (then Sackville Street) and its surroundings, plus the maps, to be the most interesting. The carnage caused by 18-pound shells and fire was devastating. Many of the buildings were demolished after the Rising, but it is interesting to see what Dublin looked liked at the time. I had no interest in the photos of buildings and streets as they are today. However, this may be because they are already very familiar to me as I live in Dublin. For those outside Dublin this will be of more interest.
The book is limited by the dearth of photos from this time period - for example, it includes the only two known photos from inside the GPO during the Rising. It gives a flavour of the time, but is a long way short of a complete illustrated history of the Rising. Perhaps the photographs just do not exist, possibly explaining why Barry padded the book out with more recent photos. This book is €24.95 in Easons, and while is is a great present to get to add to my collection of 1916 books, is it very expensive for what you get.