They Dreamed And Are Dead: Limerick 1916, by Matthew Potter, Brian Hodkinson and William O’Neill.

They Dreamed And Are Dead: Limerick 1916, by Matthew Potter, Brian Hodkinson and William O’Neill.

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This book examines all aspects of life in Limerick in 1916, from its deeply nationalist roots and the role of Limerick in the planning of the Rising to a year-long snapshot of life in Limerick in 1916; from fashion, education, favourite past-times, housing system, and businesses to rise of nationalism in Limerick via Cumann na mBan, the Irish League, the GAA and the Volunteers.

Limerick had a much more important role in the Rising than is often realised. The original plans envisaged the city and county playing a central role in both the fighting and the distribution of the German arms shipment. Limerick had a vibrant republican tradition represented by the veteran Fenian John Daly and his large, warm but formidable family of eight nieces and one nephew. Before 1916, the Dalys played a major part in promoting and funding republicanism, without which the Rising might never have been possible.

Of the six major rebel strongholds in Dublin, one was commanded by a Limerick city man, Ned Daly and another by Eamon de Valera, who grew up in County Limerick. Another County Limerick man, Con Colbert from Athea commanded one of the lesser rebel strongholds. Many otherLimerick people fought in the rising and their contribution is highlighted in this book. Two of the fifteen leaders executed in the aftermath were Limerick men; Ned Daly and Con Colbert.

This book paints a portrait of Limerick in 1916, a dynamic place, situated in a fast-changing world. Modern inventions such as the motor car, electric light, the radio, the aeroplane, cinema, plastic, even the zip fastener had only recently appeared. Education had spread to all sections of society. The local newspapers were full of the First World War, and everyone knew someone fighting. While some sections of the community were prospering, the poor were suffering from wartime high prices and shortages.