|About the Book|
As a member of the Kimmage Garrison (comprised of exiles from England) WILLE MacNAMEE fought in the General Post Office in the 1916 EASTER RISING. Through a strange quirk of fate he was one of the very few volunteers from that garrison to survive.Meanwhile, in Parnell Street (around the corner from the G.P.O.) while the City of Dublin burned, the widow MARY ODWYER, grappled with hoards of stockpiling customers in her FAMILY DAIRY. Until shortages and the threatening flames forced its closure. Thankfully the dairy escaped unharmed. And Mary thanked the Good Lord for his blessings which included the non involverment of any of her seven offsprings in the Rising. However, on the day of the surrender two incidents associated with the RISING brought immeasurable sorrow to Mary and her family.Later as a P.O.W. in the Frongoch Camp in Wales, Wille became friendly with Marys son, Peter. As members of the IRB (The Irish Replican Brotherhood) both men joined Collins secret net work. Shortly afterwards Peter introduced Willie to his two younger sisters, NANCY and JANE, when they came to visit from Dublin. For Willie and Jane it was love at first sight.During the rest of their stay in Frongoch, Willie and Peter, together with many other nationalists, became immersed in Collins secret plans to wage guerilla warfare in Ireland after their release, which occurred on the 22nd December. However, Willies clandestine association with Collins afterwards caused great unhappiness in his romance with Jane. Foremost was the mothers intolerance and prejudice against the renegade republican, Willie, keeping company with her daughter. Eventually Willie had to make a choice.