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The Victory of Sinn Fein

Patrick Sarsfield O'Hegarty (author)
Tom Garvin (author)
Fearghal McGarry (author)
Paperback / softback,
Publication date:
27th October 2015

Author Biography

P. S. O'Hegarty (1879-1955), born and educated in Cork, was an active member of the Gaelic League and other Irish nationalist organisations as a young man. He worked as a civil servant in London between 1902 and 1913 and was Secretary of the Department of Posts and Telegraphs of the new Irish Free State from 1922 until his retirement in 1944. A prolific writer, he founded the Irish Bookshop in Dawson Street, Dublin. Tom Garvin is Professor Emeritus of Politics at University College Dublin. 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. The Victory of Sinn Fein, originally published in 1924, is an eyewitness account of events in Ireland from the Easter Rising of 1913 until 1923. It is written from a now almost forgotten viewpoint - that of the Irish Republican Brotherhood. O'Hegarty's heroes were Arthur Griffith and Michael Collins and he took the Pro-Treaty side in 1921, strongly opposing those who assumed a continuing mandate for force after ratification of the Treaty. The book contains vivid character sketches of Griffith, Collins and de Valera, and as Tom Garvin writes in his introduction 'it is...written with enormous passion, verve and energy; it reads like a thriller.'