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A Sacrifice of the Heart

Author: Joni Scanlon
 ISBN: 978-1-908056-96-2 
338pp + 4pp cover. 210 mm x 148 mm. Cover colour, Text black & white.

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This compelling and fast-paced biography delivers new insight into the life of Gearóid O’Sullivan, a  central figure of the Irish independence movement, who in the early decades of the 20th Century  played a key role in the rise of the Irish Republic. A Sacrifice of the Heart offers readers a fresh Irish  hero to discover and a new, accessible form of biographical storytelling, which places the reader  with Gearóid as he participates in all of the important events of this tumultuous period, including the  1916 Rising, the harrowing Charge of the O’Rahilly down Moore Street, the War of Independence,  the Irish Civil War, and the creation of an independent Irish nation.

Learn about the friendships and rivalries that fuelled and defined an era, including Gearóid’s  relationship with his mentor and revolutionary inspiration Seán Mac Diarmada, his collaboration  in rebellion and 

war with cousin and close friend Michael Collins, his romantic rivalry with Kevin O'Higgins, and O’Higgins, and his bitter political conflict with Eamon de Valera. 
         Also learn of the important relationships that shaped Gearóid’s life, including his fraught relationship with older brother Tadġ O’Sullivan, with whom he worked frantically to prevent the Irish Civil War that would ultimately divide them; and his romance with the vivacious and captivating Maud Kiernan, sister of Kitty Kiernan, who would  become his wife and partner through these challenging times.

Even readers who know little about the rebellion years will come away with a greater understanding  of modern Irish history as viewed through the life of this remarkable man and an appreciation of this  often-overlooked founding father of the Irish nation. Includes rare photos and a specially commis-  sioned map of the 1916 Rising and Moore Street Battlefield.

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Joni Scanlon is a former journalist and newspaper editor and longtime professional writer with family roots in the Skibbereen and Cobh areas of County Cork. She holds a BA degree in English and an MS degree in
Communication from Rutgers University (USA). 

Visit her author page at: page  https://www.facebook.com/GearoidOSullivan1916/
 
 
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