In 1916, Dublin erupted in rebellion. The Easter Rising was easily crushed by vastly superior forces. Yet it was a turning point that led to the first defection from the Empire.

For his book ‘The Scrap’, Gene Kerrigan used first-hand accounts by members of a single rebel unit – F Company, 2nd Battalion – to depict the day-to-day reality of the rebellion. In this talk he will discuss the individuals who rose against the Empire – including the social conservatives, the feminists and the cockneys who fought – and how together, for good and ill, they shaped the new Ireland.

Gene Kerrigan is a Dublin journalist who has covered Irish politics for almost four decades. He has published four novels and nine non-fiction books.

Book tickets

This event is part of the National Army Museum’s Evening Series.


Standard tickets:

Tickets are available for £10.00 and can be booked online or by telephone: 020 7730 0717.

Concession tickets:

SOFNAM, Students, Military and Senior places are available for £7.50. Proof of ID is required. Concessions can only be booked by telephone: 020 7730 0717.

Venue details


Army & Navy Club
36-39 Pall Mall


Dress code:

The dress code for the Army & Navy Club is smart. Ripped jeans, sportswear and flip-flops are not permitted.

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