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Doing My Bit for Ireland

Doing My Bit for Ireland
Margaret Skinner (circa 1893-1971) was born in Scotland to Irish parents. She received her training to become a teacher and taught mathematics in Glasgow, Scotland before she quit her job to go to Dublin to participate in the Easter Uprising in April 1916. Skinner's book is a duty to Ireland published in the United States in 1917, is her account of her revolutionary activities in 1915 and 1916. Skinner begins her book by telling the story of her first trip to Dublin in 1915, when explosive materials to make bombs were smuggled into Ireland for use by nationalists. This was followed by a more detailed account of her role in the Easter uprising. Skinner carried ammunition and worked as a military courier and sniper, and after spending seven weeks in the hospital recovering from the wounds she had suffered in the uprising as a result of three gunshots, Skinner succeeded in avoiding arrest and returned to Glasgow. On her short return to Ireland in August 1916, a detective followed her and was exiled to the United States, where she launched a campaign to support Ireland's independence cause between 1917-1918. The book is illustrated and contains Skinner's account, and duplicates of important documents related to the events of April 1916, including the announcement of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Ireland and stamps issued by the Republic during its short period of existence and the recent declaration issued by Padrick Pearce, President of the Republic, and a document Pierce surrendered on April 29, 1916. The book concludes with the lyrics of songs sung by Irish volunteers before and after the Easter Uprising. Skinner has returned to Ireland, after her stay in the United States, and has been active in Coman na Eman, the women's assistant organization for the Irish Republican Army

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