1972: A Novel of Ireland's Unfinished Revolution

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Macmillan, Feb 1, 2005 - Fiction - 365 pages
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The Irish Century series is the narrative of the epic struggle of the Irish people for independence through the tumultuous twentieth century. Morgan Llywelyn's magisterial multi-novel chronicle of that story began with 1916, continued in 1921 and 1949 and now continues with 1972.

In 1972, Morgan Llywelyn tells the story of Ireland from 1950-1972 as seen through the eyes of young Barry Halloran, son and grandson of Irish revolutionaries. Northern Ireland has become a running sore, poisoning life on both sides of the Irish border. Following family tradition, at eighteen Barry joins the Irish Republican Army to help complete what he sees as 'the unfinished revolution'.

But things are no longer as clear cut as they once were. His first experience of violence in Northern Ireland shocks and disturbs him. Yet he has found a sense of family in the Army which is hard to give up. He makes a partial break by becoming a photographer, visually documenting events in the north rather than physically taking part in them. An unhappy early love affair is followed by a tempestuous relationship with Barbara Kavanagh, a professional singer from America. Events lead Barry into a totally different life from the one he expected, yet his allegiance to the ideal of a thirty-two county Irish republic remains undimmed as the problems, and the violence, of Northern Ireland escalate. Then Barry finds himself in the middle of the most horrific event of all: Bloody Sunday in Derry, 1972.
 

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1972 is a story of the IRA from the 1950s to the beginning of the troubles as seen through the experience of Barry Halloran, an IRA volunteer and the grandson of an iconic republican and IRA man ... Read full review

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Not sure what to say about this one as the subject matter is so heartbreaking. This is the fourth book of a five book series that started with the Easter Rising in 1916 and concludes with the final ... Read full review

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Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Dramatis Personae1972
9
Bipartisan Declaration
25
Chapter One
27
Chapter Two
34
Chapter Three
44
Chapter Four
56
Chapter Five
63
Chapter Twentyone
194
Chapter Twentytwo
201
Chapter Twentythree
208
Chapter Twentyfour
216
Chapter Twentyfive
221
Chapter Twentysix
232
Chapter Twentyseven
239
Chapter Twentyeight
244

Chapter Six
71
Chapter Seven
79
Chapter Eight
83
Chapter Nine
90
Chapter Ten
99
Chapter Eleven
107
Chapter Twelve
113
Chapter Thirteen
123
Chapter Fourteen
130
Chapter Fifteen
141
Chapter Sixteen
150
Chapter Seventeen
159
Chapter Eighteen
165
Chapter Nineteen
175
Chapter Twenty
187
Chapter Twentynine
251
Chapter Thirty
257
Chapter Thirtyone
263
Chapter Thirtytwo
269
Chapter Thirtythree
276
Chapter Thirtyfour
283
Chapter Thirtyfive
289
Chapter Thirtysix
299
Chapter Thirtyseven
307
Chapter Thirtyeight
314
Chapter Thirtynine
322
Chapter Forty
330
Chapter Fortyone
338
Chapter Fortytwo
346
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About the author (2005)

Since 1980, Morgan Llywelyn has created an entire body of work chronicling the Celts and Ireland, from the earliest times to the present day. Her critically acclaimed novels, both of history and of mythology, have been translated into many languages. She is an Irish citizen and lives in Dublin.

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