On The Run: The Story of an Irish Freedom Fighter


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An important figure in the development of Republicanism and the Irish Republican Brotherhood in the west of Ireland, Colm O'Gaora, was also a leading figure in the first generation of nationalist intellectuals who defined the emergence of the nascent Irish state.

He details the IRA seizure of the barracks at Maam Cross in April 1920 amongst other events like his childhood in the Connemara Gaeltacht, his work as a travelling teacher for the Gaelic League, joining the Irish Volunteers, preperations for the 1916 Rising in Galway in Mayo and subsequent imprisonment in Dublin and Darthmoore. On his release he returned to Republican activities working with Peadar O'Donnell and was imprisoned again in Galway.

'On the Run' is his memoir and provides a fascinating insight into a particularly turbulent era in Irish history.

Translated and edited by Ruan O’Donnell and Micheál Ó hAodha of The University of Limerick, from the classic Irish revolutionary text 'Mise', by Colm O'Gaora.



ISBN 9781856357517


'This book is up there with some of the very best writings to be found in this idiosyncratic but vital corner of Irish writing. Indeed, as the book takes shape, it becomes quite clear that it is a very important histroical document'

- Books Ireland

'...captures the atmosphere of the troubled times, evoking a world of conflicting identities and loyalties'

- Evening Echo


'A fascinating memoir of Ireland in the early 20th century and provides an insight into a turbulent time in Irish history'

- Ireland's Own