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Launch of "Patrick Pearse - a life in pictures"

Mercier Press invited us to the launch of this new book on Wednesday August 28th. at 6.30 pm. in the Pearse Museum, St. Enda's Park, Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16.

The book was launched by Caitriona Crowe, Head of Special Products at the National Archives.

Copies of the book, of course, were on sale on the night. We have seen the book, and can recommend it highly - it is an excellent addition to the vast body of work already available on Patrick Pearse, and is a credit both to Brian Crowley and Mercier Press. Our copy cost €14.99 and at that price it's a steal. Contact Mercier Press for an invitation of your own!

The images in this book tell the remarkable and unique story of Patrick Pearse, the leader of the 1916 Rising. They trace the story of his life from his childhood through to his various incarnations as barrister, writer, teacher and rebel. Pearse grew up living over his father's sculpture yard and this created an appreciation and love of beautiful things. His deep awareness of the power of spectacle and images pervaded everything he did. This is reflected in the striking photographs in this book. These include stunning views of Scoil Eanna, the radical and experimental school he ran in the Dublin Mountains. It can also be seen in the spectacular heroic-themed plays and pageants he wrote and produced. Gathered together for the first time, this collection of images and photographs offers a unique insight into one of the most significant figures in 20th century Irish history.

Author Brian Crowley is the curator of the Pearse Museum at Pearse's former school Scoil Eanna/St. Enda's in Rathfarnham, Dublin. Originally from Naas, Co. Kildare, he studied English and History in Trinity College and then completed a Masters in Museology in the University of East Anglia. Brian is a former guide in Kilmainham Gaol & Museum. He has been working at the Pearse Museum since 2001 and is also a director of the Irish Museums Association and has served as editor of its journal, 'Museums Ireland'. 

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