Winnie & George tells the true and previously untold story of two individuals who lived remarkable lives, both before and after they crossed paths. Enhanced with dramatised dialogue, it is a powerful lesson in how love, once discovered, can be greater than the sum of all our divisions.
Maria Winifred Carney, known to her friends as "Winnie", and George McBride came from different backgrounds and lived opposing lives. She was a Roman Catholic. He belonged to the Church of Ireland. She was a republican. He was a unionist. She was a member of Cumann na mBan. He had been in the loyalist young Citizen Volunteers group. She became James Connolly's secretary and carried a Webley gun in the GPO during the Easter Rising. He fought for the British Army at the Somme during the Great War.
For all their differences, however, what they shared was a passion for fairness and the rights of the working class. As they struggled to recover from their separate wars, it was this cause that ultimately brought them into each others lives. Despite living in a Belfast rife with sectarian tension - and opposition from both families - a very unlikely union formed.
Allison Murphy is an award winning Belfast schoolteacher with a Masters degree in Irish Studies. Her other books include Titanic Times, when Dublin was the Capital and Cool MacPine.