The Gates Flew Open: An Irish Civil War Prison Diary

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Peadar O'Donnell joined the IRA and led Guerilla activities in Donegal and Derry during the Irish War of Independence. He was arrested and became involved in organizing a hunger strike among the anti-treaty Republicans which lasted 41 days. This is a story of prison life in the midst of Civil War in Ireland that combines glimpses of humor with moments of tragic poignancy as he describes games of handball and bridge with men who faced the firing squad within twenty-four hours. O'Donnell was one of the last survivors of the Independence struggle in Ireland, retaining his radicalism and idealism right up to his death in 1986 at the age of 93. ""It is a unique document in the insights if affords us into this turbulent period in Irish history and politics.""--Alexander Gonzales.

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Peadar O'Donnell was born into an Irish-speaking community in North Donegal. He worked as a trade union organiser throughout Ulster. He was elected to the Dail in 1923, while in prison. Following his escape in 1924 he became editor of 'An Phoblacht', but later moved away from the Republican movement who were too conservative for him. He was involved in organising an Irish Brigade on the anti-fascist side in the Spanish Civil War. He was editor of 'The Bell', the most significant literary magazine in Ireland from 1946 to 1954.

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