Michael Collins

Hero and Rebel

Eithne Massey

Hero and leader. Loyal friend and formidable enemy. A man with a mission and a legend in his lifetime. This is the story of Michael Collins.
Date Published :
October 2020
Publisher :
The O'Brien Press
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781788492102
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 7.7 X 5.1 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order


From his childhood on a West Cork farm, Michael Collins dreams of fighting for Ireland’s freedom. His dream comes true when he takes part in the 1916 Rising, but crashes with the surrender of the rebels and internment in a prison camp. Michael fights his way back to become a leader in the fight for independence, creating a spy ring of ordinary people, in a Dublin where nothing is quite what it seems.

But this story is not just about politics and war; Michael’s crazy sense of humour, his friendships, his faults and his love of his Kerry Blue terriers are brought vividly to life.

This books shows us not just why Michael Collins became one of the bravest and most effective leaders Ireland has ever known, but also why he held the keys of 100 Dublin houses, houses where the families were willing to risk their lives in order to keep him safe.

About The Author

Eithne Massey has written many books for both adults and children, mainly based on the legends of Ireland. Her adaptation of the award-winning movie The Secret of Kells is set in the time of the early Viking raids; The Silver Stag of Bunratty and Where the Stones Sing are set in Norman Ireland and Blood Brother, Swan Sister at the time of the Battle of Clontarf. All blend together historical detail with myths, legends and folklore, resulting in stories which will appeal to “young readers who enjoy an adventure with well-rounded characters and a touch of magic and history” ( www.childrensbooksireland.ie).

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