Skinnider s account of her personal involvement in the events leading up to and during the Easter Uprising of 1916 is an engaging, informative, and inspiring read Even though I ve mostly explored Skinnider s writings for their historical significance, I ve often read through Doing My Bit for Ireland for my own personal pleasure Her honesty and courage are written large in her accounts of preparation and mobilization in Dublin and beyond, making it easy for the reader to both admire and respect Skinnider for her participation and sacrifice in the fight for Ireland s independence. This Historic Book May Have Numerous Typos And Missing Text Purchasers Can Usually Download A Free Scanned Copy Of The Original Book Without Typos From The Publisher Not Indexed Not Illustrated Edition Excerpt DOING MY BIT FOR IRELAND I JUST Before Christmas A Year Ago, I Accepted An Invitation To Visit Some Friends In The North Of Ireland, Where, As A Little Girl, I Had Spent Many Midsummer Vacations My Father And Mother Are Irish, But Have Lived Almost All Their Lives In Scotland And Much Of That Time In Glasgow Scotland Is My Home, But Ireland My Country On Those Vacation Visits To County Monaghan, Ulster, I Had Come To Know The Beauty Of The Inland Country, For I Stayed Nine Miles From The Town Of Monaghan We Used To Go There In A Jaunting Car And On The Way Passed The Fine Places Of The Rich English People The Planter People We Called Them Because They Were Of The Stock That Cromwell Brought Over From England And Planted On Irish Soil We Would Pass, Too, The Small And Poor Homes Of The Irish, With Their Wee Bit Of Ground It Was Then I Began To Feel Resentment, Though I Was Only A Child In Scotland There Were No Such Contrasts For Me To See, But There Were The Histories Of Ireland, Not Those The English Have Written But Those Read By All The Young Irish To Day After They Finish Studying The Anglicized Histories Used In The Schools I Did It The Other Way About, For I Was Not Than Twelve When A Boy Friend Loaned Me A Big Thick Book, Printed In Very Small Type, An Irish History Of Ireland Later I Read The School Histories And The Resentment I Had Felt In County Monaghan Grew Hotter Then There Were The Old Poems Which We All Learned My Favorite Was, The Jackets Green, The Song Of A Young Girl Whose Lover Died For Ireland In The Time Of William III The Red Coat And The Green Jacket All The Differences Between The British And Irish Lay In The Contrast Between Those Two Colors William III, Too Up To His Reign The Irish AA great book Irish history Rebellion and the struggle for freedom A must read for all You won t be disappointed Such a fascinating woman This was one of the best books I have read on Irish history Very detailed and informative , keeps you on your toes and also very entertaining A must. 1916I ve read several accounts of the events of Easter 1916, first hand and otherwise, but somehow Margaret Skinnider s Irish Citizen Army escaped me until recently Not sure how this isn t widely known One of the few female combatants and the only first hand account Coatbridge s finest.
Margaret Skinnider was a revolutionary and feminist born in Coatbridge, Scotland She fought during the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin as a sniper, among other roles, and was the only woman wounded in the action She was mentioned three times for bravery in the dispatches sent to the Dublin GPO She described her role as a sniper at St Stephen s Green in her autobiography, Doing My Bit for Ireland,
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- Doing My Bit for Ireland
- Margaret Skinnider
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