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Florence and Josephine O'Donoghue's War of Independence : a destiny that shapes our ends

Author: Florence O'Donoghue; John Borgonovo; Josephine O'Donoghue
Publisher: Dublin ; Portland, Or. : Irish Academic Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Historian and IRA leader Florence O'Donoghue describes his experiences as head of intelligence in Cork city during the Irish War of Independence. He candidly assesses the leaders of this period, including Tomas MacCurtain, Sean O'Hegarty, Terence MacSwiney, and Michael Collins, and critically examines the evolution of the Irish Volunteer citizen soldiers. He also details his wife's role as the top IRA spy in Cork's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Diaries
History
Personal narratives
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
O'Donoghue, Florence, 1895-1967.
Florence and Josephine O'Donoghue's War of Independence.
Dublin ; Portland, Or. : Irish Academic Press, 2006
(OCoLC)608294691
Named Person: Florence O'Donoghue; Josephine O'Donoghue; Florence O'Donoghue; Josephine O'Donoghue; Florence O'Donoghue; Josephine O'Donoghue
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Florence O'Donoghue; John Borgonovo; Josephine O'Donoghue
ISBN: 0716533707 9780716533702 0716533715 9780716533719
OCLC Number: 68904008
Description: xix, 252 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Responsibility: edited by John Borgonovo ; foreword by J.J. Lee.
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"Historian and IRA leader Florence O'Donoghue describes his experiences as head of intelligence in Cork city during the Irish War of Independence. He candidly assesses the leaders of this period, including Tomas MacCurtain, Sean O'Hegarty, Terence MacSwiney, and Michael Collins, and critically examines the evolution of the Irish Volunteer citizen soldiers. He also details his wife's role as the top IRA spy in Cork's British Army headquarters, working for the rebels in exchange for the return of her eldest son, lost in a bitter custody battle. After O'Donoghue kidnapped the child, the two collaborators eventually fell in love and were secretly married in the spring of 1921." "Forty years later, the couple presented their story to their children to explain the family secret that had haunted their domestic lives. The first part of the book is Florence and Josephine's account of their activities in the Anglo-Irish War, written in 1961; the second part is composed of 47 letters in diary form, written by O'Donoghue to his wife while he was 'on the run' during the final ten weeks of the war, from May to July 1921. They provide a rare snapshot of the daily life of fugitive IRA guerrillas, and an insight into two people who followed their hearts to find 'a destiny that shapes our ends'."--BOOK JACKET.

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