My Fight for Irish Freedom, Paperback Book
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In 1919 a group of young men barely out of their teens, poorly armed, with no money and little training, renewed the fight, begun in 1916, to drive the British out of Ireland.

Dan Breen was to become the best known of them. At first they were condemed on all sides. They became outlaws and My Fight describes graphically what life was like 'on the run,' with 'an army at one's heels and a thousand pounds on one's head'.

A burning belief in their cause sustained them through many a dark and bitter day and slowly support came from the people.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208 pages, 30 Illustrations, black and white
  • Publisher: Anvil Books (Childrens Press)
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  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9780947962333

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First of all Dan Breen is a great historical figure who made a great contribution to the War of Independence in Ireland. This book, however, was written very soon after when the Civil War had ended in the early 1920s, and in my view, was very rushed. The book is difficult to read and the prose of the memoir does not flow very well. Better editorial scrutiny and a delay in publication could have resulted in a much better book. Indeed on television and radio interviews subsequently Breen gave useful accounts both of his role in the War of Independence in Munster and his views of fellow Commandants and people such as Michael Collins.