The Guns of Easter by Gerard Whelan

guns of easter

Jimmy Conway lives in the tenements of Dublin in 1916. His uncle Mick who supposed to take him to the Fairyhouse races at Easter never shows up and bitterly disappointed he goes out to find his friends to cheer himself up only to find total chaos on the streets of Dublin. In the meantime Jimmy’s sister gets very sick with a fever and he has to cross the city to get money from his well off aunt for a doctor. His aunt lives on Northumberland Road however, one of the scenes of the heaviest fighting in the Rising. As he crosses the city he encounters soldiers on both sides fighting and bravely tries to make his way to his aunt’s house

This book for 9-12 year olds provides an unbiased account of the rising and doesn’t favor one side over the other, both sides are equally represented in this gripping page turner.

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

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