The book Kilkenny Families in the Great War by Niall Brannigan and John Kirwan is set to be launched in Dublin tomorrow (Thursday).
The guest speaker at the event, at 6.30pm in Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club, will be journalist Kevin Myers, who has campaigned since 1978 for the remembrance of the Irish war dead and for the restoration of the Irish National War Memorial Gardens at Dublin’s Islandbridge. The launch is sponsored by Sheppard’s Irish Auction House of Durrow.
On display will be a cabineted set of the ‘Books of the Dead,’ a limited edition that was originally part of the library of the Hibernian United Services Club. The set contains a compilation of almost 50,000 names of the Irish dead of the Great War. Irish regimental cap badges, a 1914 Christmas gift box and personal correspondence from the Great War period on offer at Sheppard’s ‘Legacy of the Big House’ sale from September 25-27 will also be on display.
Kilkenny Families in the Great War is a micro-level historical study. The work aims to include not just the dead, but all from County Kilkenny who served in the war effort. The authors sought to identify and to document county personnel, both male and female, who served in one capacity or another during the Great War. Their identification of nearly 3,000 people is the result of 17 years of academic research.