THE SOUND OF FREEDOM

By
Ann Murtagh
The Sound of Freedom

Will Colm stay in Ireland and join the Volunteers or will he fulfil his dream of working as a musician in America? A long-held family secret comes to light, rocks Colm’s world and shows him the way to go.

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Paperback:
240 pages
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196x130 mm
ISBN:
9781788491259

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ISBN:
9781788491990

It’s spring 1919. Ireland’s War of Independence has just begun. In a cottage in County Westmeath, thirteen-year-old Colm Conneely longs to join the local Volunteers, the ‘Rainbow Chasers’ who dream of an independent Ireland. Caught up in republican fever, he smuggles guns, stands up to the RIC during a house raid and raises the tricolour on a lake island.

But Colm is also chasing another rainbow — he dreams of a life in America working as a fiddle player and involved in the republican movement there. The arrival in the area of spirited Belfast girl Alice McCluskey is a new development in Colm’s life. She speaks Irish, shares his love of Irish music and is also committed to the ‘cause’.

Will Colm stay in Ireland and join the Volunteers or will he fulfil his dream of working as a musician in America? A long-held family secret comes to light, rocks Colm’s world and shows him the way to go.

Ann Murtagh spent her first seven years in the Bronx, New York. After a short time in Dublin, her family moved to Kells, Co. Meath. She qualified as a primary teacher and later received an MA in Local History from NUI Maynooth. A member of both Meath Archaeological and Historical Society and Kilkenny Archaeological Society, she has given lectures to both groups. Ann has designed and facilitated history courses for teachers both locally and nationally. She has three sons, Daniel, Bill and Matt, and lives with her husband, Richard, and two dogs in Kilkenny City.

a gripping story which shines an unforgiving light on a troubled time

Irish Examiner

this book is a great read for anyone who likes Irish history. I think if you have read books about 1916 you would enjoy this book as it tells you about what happened after the Easter Rising in Ireland. I liked the book because it was set in a time in history I find interesting. I have read a few books on the Easter Rising and have visited the GPO but I didn’t know much about what happened in the years after 1916. This book gave me a real insight in what life was like for someone my age during this period in Irish history … I would recommend this book for children aged 10+ and especially to readers who like Irish history. I really enjoyed this book and I would score it 8/10. By Holly, 5th Class, St. Louis Senior Primary School, Rathmines, Dublin 6.

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