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Rising Out
Sean Connolly of Longford

Ernie O'Malley (author)
Cormac K. H. O'Malley (author)
Fearghal McGarry (author)
Paperback / softback,
Publication date:
27th October 2015

Author Biography

Ernie O'Malley (1897-1957) was born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. He is best known as a prominent officer with the Irish Republican Army during the Irish War of Independence and took the Anti-Treaty side in the Irish Civil War. He never completed his medical studies, but became a writer and the author of On Another Man's Wound, The Singing Flame, and Raids and Rallies. Cormac K. H. O'Malley is a legal consultant based in New York and the son of Ernie O'Malley. Fearghal McGarry is a lecturer in Modern Irish History at Queen's University Belfast.


The Centenary Classics series examines the fascinating time of change and evolution in the Ireland of 100 years ago during the 1916-23 revolutionary period. Each volume is introduced by Fearghal McGarry who sets the scene of this important period in Ireland's history. Rising Out tells the story of Brigadier Sean Connolly, O/C of the Longford Brigade, who was fatally wounded in action on 11 March 1921 at Selton Hill, near Mohill (Co. Leitrim), by British forces during the War of Independence. Comdt-General Ernie O'Malley came across the story in interviews with Tan and Civil War survivors in the early 1950s. The account makes Connolly come alive as a person - his schooling, love of music, education, farming family background and devotion to the nationalist cause. O'Malley, who had actually organised the Irish Volunteers in parts of the area and had known many of the local leaders, gives the social setting for the IRA activities and explains the subtle roles of the IRA General HQ, of the Catholic Church and the Anglo-Irish gentry. Most memorably, he describes in detail what the fighting men actually did locally and what a local leader had to do in order to organise his men.The introduction by his son, Cormac K.H. O'Malley, explains how this memoir came into existence and describes his father's role during the revolutionary period.