Children of the Rising is the first ever account of the young lives violently lost during the week of the 1916 Rising: long-forgotten and never commemorated, until now.
Boys, girls, rich, poor, Catholic, Protestant - no child was guaranteed immunity from the bullet and bomb that week, in a place where teeming tenement life existed side by side with immense wealth.
Drawing on extensive original research, along with interviews with relatives, Joe Duffy creates a compelling picture of these forty lives, along with one of the cut and thrust of city life between the two canals a century ago.
This gripping story of Dublin and its people in 1916 will add immeasurably to our understanding of the Easter Rising. Above all, it honours the forgotten lives, largely buried in unmarked graves, of those young people who once called Dublin their home.
Handsomely produced and lavishly illustrated ... [Children of the Rising] adds depth, colour and perspective to the picture that is being drawn of the Rising ... An important and timely book - Irish Independent
This book performs a really important service: it humanises the most vulnerable casualties of that week in April 1916 ... This painstaking approach allows [Duffy] to provide us with not just the riveting stores of the children, but the family and social environments in which they lived - Irish Times
This [book] is special - not the work of a professional historian but of someone passionate that these forgotten children are remembered. Duffy recreates their stories vividly, but his great achievement is not to claim these victims for any cause or either side, but to reclaim them purely - and as - themselves. - The Irish Mail on Sunday
Children of the Rising is a handsome production, vivid with archive photographs, keen with historical detail and written by Duffy with passion and pace - RTE Guide
[Children of the Rising] stands out because it's more than a book, being a public monument to hitherto forgotten casualties ... Duffy's unblinking focus on the human cost of the "glorious revolution" has deservedly struck a chord. - Sunday Times