Critical praise for Liam Lynch: To Declare A Republic

Created: August 27, 2023

I am so delighted with the reviews for the book, and the wide range of opinion and thought on aspects of the life of General Liam Lynch I explore. Here’s a range of quotes from a selection of reviews, with a link to each:

‘This excellent biography will hopefully bring his story to a new generation, and is well worth reading for everyone interested in Irish history.’

– David McCullagh, RTÉ

‘Gerard Shannon’s study is an excellent and detailed work of scholarship. It is the product of diligent, painstaking research and gives us the most clear and detailed biography of Liam Lynch yet to appear. … It is at times exciting and at others deeply moving, making it a work that is fully accessible to the general reader.’

– Thomas Earls Fitzgerald, Dublin Review of Books

‘Gerard Shannon delivers a nuanced portrait of Lynch.’

– John Walshe, The Irish Times

‘This is a superb biography, so deeply researched and fluently written that it could also serve as a general history of Ireland’s revolutionary period.’

–  Andrew Lynch, Sunday Business Post  

‘… a satisfyingly human portrayal of a man normally either demonised or mythologised in Irish history.’

– John Dorney, The Irish Story 

‘The nuanced portrait of Lynch that emerges from the author’s meticulous research is of a man struggling to resolve conflict with his former comrades rather than exacerbate it.’

—Roy Greenslade, Belfast Media

‘Gerard Shannon … has revealed the complexity of Lynch … in this new book Lynch’s heroism and commitment are not under question.’

—Conor Lenihan, Village Magazine

‘The book … documents well Lynch’s organisational abilities and tireless efforts to transform the IRA under his control into an effective military outfit.’

—’The Fenian Way’, The Pensive Quill