Portrait of a Rebel Father (1935)
Book ID: 64075
Portrait of a Rebel Father. With a Preface by Robert Lynd. Dublin: Talbot Press, 1935. First Edition. Pp, 327. Frontispiece portrait of James Connolly. Pale green buckram, title stamped in blue to spine, in publisher’s dust jacket printed in black. Jacket worn at head of spine, neat ownership name to endpaper, otherwise a nice bright copy.
‘When the writer of these pages was still a child, she accompanied her father on many of his lecture tours in Great Britain and America, and attended his meetings. She has been able to give us what no one else could – the story of the Irish patriot’s life as seen from within by one who shared.’
Nora Connolly O’Brien was the second daughter of James Connolly, she was a founder member of Young Republican Party, the female branch of the Fianna. After the execution of her father following the Easter Rising in 1916, she became a life long supporter of the republican movement and of the Irish left wing. In 1918, she toured the US lecturing on the Rising. She took part in the Irish War of Independence and was briefly imprisoned during the Irish Civil War. In 1922, she married Seamus O’Brien.
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