April Book Club: On Another Man's Wound by Ernie O'Malley
‘On the base of the Pillar was a white poster. Gathered around were groups of men and women. Some looked at it with serious faces, others laughed and sniggered. I began to read it with a smile, but my smile ceased as I read, ‘Poblacht na h-Eireann, the Provisional government of the Irish Republic – to the people of Ireland.’
- Ernie O’Malley – O’Connell Street, Easter Monday
When the Easter Rising broke out, Ernie O’Malley was a medical student in Dublin.
As with so many Irish people he was profoundly changed by the execution of the leaders of the Rising and was an early recruit into the post-Rising Volunteers, later to become the Irish Republican Army during the war of independence.
His memoir of that conflict, first published in 1936, is a classic account of guerrilla warfare in Ireland and the destabilization of British rule over a two and a half year period.
It’s our April Book Club choice and joining Myles to discuss it were historians Diarmaid Ferriter and Conor Mulvagh and also, Elaine Sisson, cultural historian with the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology.
On Another Man’s Wound by Ernie O’Malley has recently been reissued by Mercier Press.