The ‘Stories of the Revolution’ Book

A book of memories uniquely interpreted by children …

Invaluable oral history from the 1916-23 period, most of it previously unrecorded, was gathered by 823 children over four years from family and older members of their community in West Cork.

Extracts from these essays are weaved by topic in this 192-page, large-format, full-colour publication of ‘small stories’ about personal experiences of ‘big history’ events in our revolutionary past.


Over 300 individual stories from a time of revolution and war — from civilians’ difficult daily lives to those directly involved in the conflict — all enhanced by original artwork and hundreds of images.

From the man who tucked Michael Collins into bed on his last night to the young girl who lost her ‘good confirmation shoe’ in the Kilmichael Ambush aftermath — intimate accounts that are truly a joy to read.

Available from 24 September in all good bookshops in West Cork €25 (full list below)

or buy online HERE (free postage within Ireland)

(Bookshops where available: O’Donovan’s Bookshop Skibbereen, Fields Bookshop Skibbereen, Skibbereen Heritage Centre, The Yellow Door Baltimore, Worm Book Schull, Kerr’s Bookshop Clonakilty, Michael Collins House Clonakilty, Bandon Books Plus, Waterstones in Patrick St, Fitzgerald Bookshop in Macroom)

‘I love this book’ — Lord David Puttnam

‘Projects like this are exactly what “commemoration” should be about.’ — Catriona Crowe

‘This work is SUPERB’ — Mike Murphy, UCC

Interesting and innovative’ — Dr Andrew Bielenberg, UCC

This publication has been supported by Cork County Council through its Commemorations Committee and through the support of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.