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Thread #13902 Message #116734
Posted By: Big Mick
23-Sep-99 - 01:21 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: James Connolly (Wolfe Tones)
Subject: RE: James Connolly
As an Irish American Labor Organizer, we are speaking of one of my heroes here. Connolly was a Wobbly labor organizer and spent time in the United States, as did Big Jim Larkin, organizing. He was an amazing man. Den, may I suggest that you read Morgan Llywelyn's 1916 as well as Rebels. While they are both historical novels, Llywelyn's is a more accurate portrayal of the events of that time than Rebels. In Rebels, the author attempts to portray acts of pure fiction as fact. Llywelyn's work has been vetted by the families of the leaders of the Rising of '16, and they found it to be a much more historically accurate work set around a fictional character.
If you are interested in learing more about Connolly there are numbers of websites devoted to him including THIS, and HERE. There is also an out of print book that I found on one of the book search sites. I will get you a name later. There is also a songbook available of lyrics written by Connolly during his organizing years. I will find my copy and get the name and availability to you.
All the best,