A new publication entitled Kilkenny In Times of Revolution 1900 to 1923 has just hit the shelves of book stores at a very opportune time as the thirst for knowledge on the turbulent years that helped forge this state will be almost insatiable in the coming years.
Eoin Swithin Walsh from Mooncoin, a historian with an obviously strong interest in local history launched his book in Dubray books in the Market Cross Shopping centre, Kilkenny last week.
With a foreword from Dr Diarmuid Ferriter leading the introduction, and the book being officially launched by local author and former teacher Jim Maher, the credibility of the publication is certainly beyond reproach.
Jim’s take on the book was very interesting. Indeed the man who interviewed many of those who fought in the War of Independence was excited about this book and its further offering of previoulsly unknown information.
Jim did this county a great service when he recorded the thoughts of those War of Independence veterans in particular. And Jim noted the service that Eoin has done for Kilkenny by presenting such a well researched book on both the War of Independence and Civil War.
The book itself is an excellent read, with some previously unseen photographs and detailed graphics of events and where they unfolded. Eoin used a considerable amount of local material to flesh out the narrative of Kilkenny at that time - in particular from the Kilkenny People and other newspapers. The launch was extremely well attended, seemed like most of South Kilkenny turned up for the launch in particular.
The book retails for €20 and for those with even a passing interest in events locally a century or so ago it's a must. If you have more than a passing interest, you simply cannot let the week pass without picking up a copy.
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