Senior UL Lecturer Launches New Book - ‘16 Lives Patrick Pearse’

O' Brien Press launch of '16 Lives' at the GPO, O' Connell Street

Dr Ruan O’Donnell, Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Limerick and Visiting Chair of Irish Studies, Notre Dame (2010-11), is the author of numerous books on the history of Irish republicanism, including the recent Special Category, The IRA in English Prisons, Volume II, 1978-1985 (Irish Academic Press).

His new title Patrick Pearse has been acclaimed as the ‘definitive biography, using a wealth of primary sources ….{{which}} establishes as never before the significance of Pearse’s activism all across Ireland’ (O’Brien Press). The book contains important new information on Pearse’s activities in the USA  where, for many, he was the public face of the 1916 Rising.

Account is taken of the role of New York in supporting the campaign for Irish independence during the period. O’Donnell has contributed to the globally screened ‘1916’ documentary series and his writings on Pearse have appeared in The Irish Times and Irish Examiner. He is Co-General Editor of the ground breaking ’16 Lives’ publication series which re-examines the political contribution of the sixteen Irish republicans executed by the British for involvement in the Easter Rising.

A noted public speaker, O’Donnell is a member of the ‘Universities Ireland Decade of Commemoration Committee’ and the Irish Manuscripts Commission.