Brenda Maddox

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Dublin 1916: The Siege of the GPO

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Clair Wills, professor of Irish Literature at Queen Mary, University of London, focuses her latest book on Ireland’s iconic building – the General Post Office on O’Connell Street in Dublin. She calls the Easter Rising 1916, which in many ways was a disastrous failure (the insurgents executed, the building destroyed), ‘the world’s first anti-colonial revolt’, and an inspiration to rebellion throughout the Empire, in India above all. Its literary legacy was almost as powerful – from Yeats to O’Casey, Beckett, Brendan Behan and Seamus Heaney. 

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