Bielenberg, Andy

Ernie O’Malley was a medical student in Dublin when the 1916 Rising broke out. Although initially indifferent, he soon came to sympathise with the Republican viewpoint and joined the Irish Volunteers, later to become the IRA. He quickly rose through the ranks and was soon organising the IRA around the country, reporting directly to Michael Collins and Richard Mulcahy.
Andy Bielenberg, who works in UCC, has a special interest in the revolution in Co. Cork 1914–23; John Borgonovo is a history lecturer in UCC, and has written many books on the revolution in Cork; Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc, originally from Co. Clare, lives in Co. Cork and works for the OPW. He has published extensively on the revolution in Ireland.