Irish Freedom Fighter 1916-1921.
2016 is the centenary of the 1916 Easter Week Rising and not much is recorded, of the
men and women from County Offaly, who played such an important part in this action.
During Easter Week 1916 and the War of Independence 1919-1921, Offaly was to the
I hope this Book sets the record straight.
This book is an Offalyman’s Odyssey. Tullamore man, Peadar Bracken from a
Stonemason in 1900, rose to the highest ranks in Offaly and Irish Republicanism 1914-
1921. Initiated into the Irish Republican Brotherhood in 1904, Sinn Fein in 1905, and
later in 1917 he was appointed to Irish Volunteers/IRA Army Executive as
representative for Offaly.
In 1911, to earn a living, he emigrated to Australia. However, always faithful to his
Nationalist leanings, he immediately returned to Ireland upon hearing of the formation
of the Irish Volunteers, in Dublin late November 1913. The author hopes this biography
based on his father’s life and times will fill in the many gaps that exist in the history o
the period 1914-1921.
More importantly, the activities that took place in Offaly that are
often ignored or forgotten. The fact that many Offaly men, women, and supporters
risked their lives and some paid the extreme penalty, death.
For this we must pay tribute to their fortitude, bravery, and steadfastness when they
risked all, to oppose the might of the British Empire in the cause of Irish Freedom.
“WE PLEDGE OUR LIVES AND THE LIVES OF OUR COMRADES-IN- ARMS TO THE CAUSE
OF ITS FREEDOM OF ITS WELFARE AND OF ITS EXALTATION AMONG THE NATIONS”
24TH APRIL 1916