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The Gifford sisters, Grace (later Plunkett), Muriel (later MacDonagh), Nellie (later with the republican Irish movement and with the fight for Irish freedom. Both in. Unlikely Rebels has 29 ratings and 3 reviews. Betty said: This true story of the Gifford girls is about six Irish sisters raised as Protestants in a well.
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The best known of the sisters was Grace, who tragically married Joseph Plunkett, on the eve of his execution on 3 May However, Grace still tends to dominate the book even though much use is made of the papers of Nellie Gifford-Donnelly. However, she redresses this state of affairs somewhat in elucidating, through the varied lives of the Gifford sisters, an often neglected aspect of Irish history.
They had been involved in the strikes, the anti-conscription campaign, the Easter Rising, the War of Independence and the Civil War. Her duties included bringing medicine and food and carrying dispatches. She lost her job as a result of her political activities.
She was also involved in anti-British activities in America, despite the fact that two of her brothers were in the British army. She wrote for An Phoblacht in the s. The Gifford sisters were all anti-treaty.
An insight into the social history of the period is also provided. She got herself dismissed from her accommodation as a result of her attendance at a local wake, which was frowned on by society at that time. As well as the nationalist narrative, the book provides insights into the social and personal histories of the period. Occasionally the tone of the book is gossipy. However, these anecdotes and connections do not detract from the story and give it a humanity, often perhaps missing from more academic accounts of the revolutionary period.
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