HISTORIAN MAKES HISTORY
On Tuesday, 27 September, noted Irish historian and author Liz Gillis, married her fiancée James Crowe in the magnificent surroundings of Dublin's City Hall.
This was the final event in a 23-year courtship, proving that Liz, who is renowned for the depth of her research and attention to detail in her books, applies the same attention to choosing her life partner!
The bride was radiant in an off-the shoulder Greek-style dress complemented and offset by the groom's formal yet casual ensemble.
The wedding party repaired after the ceremony to the Leixlip House Hotel where the celebrations went on well into the early hours.
Once in the hotel, the bride adapted her ensemble to include unique designer-created Wonder Woman trainers and Minnie Mouse headdress.
The day went without a
hitch (pun intended) - a compliment to Liz's perfect planning - until she and her new husband were on their way by vintage car to the hotel.
They had just left City Hall and were in Castle Street when an armed band of brigands from the Dublin Brigade Irish Volunteers stopped their car and enquired as to the occupants' business.
Things looked ugly for a while until one of the band, apparently recognising the
bride, called off his colleagues with the message "It's all right - she's one of ours" and the car was waved through..
Our reporter was fortunately on hand to witness this event., and we carry his exclusive exclusive photos here. The same band had had earlier surrounded City Hall to ensure, they told one lady who enquired, that the groom did not "get cold feet"!
This interruption fortunately over, the happy couple departed for Lucan and the festivities.
We hear that the Dublin Brigade sent their best wishes to the newly-weds, and we attach our own also., with a traditional Irish wish: "Sliocht Slachtmhar ar Sliocht bhúr shleachta".
Huge attendance at "Hales Brothers" booklaunch in Bandon
Following the successful Dublin launch by Mícheál Ó Doibhilín in Richmond Barracks on July 19, Liz Gillis' latest book - "The Hales Brothers and the Irish Revolution" was formally launched in their home town of Bandon on Saturday July 30 before a massive crowd of several hundred.
The book was launched by Dr. O'Driscoll of UCC before the appreciative audience, among which were many members of the extended Hales family.
For those who don't know much about the Hales brothers (and the rest of their family) we quote from the book's publishers Mercier Press website:
"The story of the Hales family from Bandon epitomises the whole revolutionary period in Ireland.
They were involved from the establishment of the Irish Volunteers in West Cork and were closely associated with well-known revolutionary figures, including Michael Collins, Tom Barry and Liam Deasy. Both Seán and Tom were company commanders in the IRA in the area.
The signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in December 1921 split the family and led to the two brothers taking opposing sides in the Civil War that would follow.
Tom Hales was the most senior Republican officer on the scene of the chaotic ambush at Béal na mBláth that led to the shooting of Michael Collins. Seán Hales was himself assassinated in Dublin by Republicans, following a vote in Dáil Éireann to allow the Provisional Government to increase its powers to penalise Republican prisoners.
The story of these brothers and the rest of the family gives a unique insight into life in Ireland in this tumultuous period".
This is historian Liz Gillis' fifth book, and once again she concentrates on telling history through the eyes of those who lived it, giving a human slant and unique view of momentous events and violent times.
No-one who reads this magnificent book will remain unmoved by the sacrifice those who fought for our freedom made, and they will have gained a valuable insight into the times and beliefs and personnel involved..