County Louth and the Irish Revolution, 1912–1923 is a compelling history of the fierce military action and challenging experience of daily life in the ‘wee county’ during the revolutionary period.
Louth, as with many other counties in Ireland during these years, was changed irreparably by outbreaks of violence and ever-mounting animosity towards the British presence in Ireland. The expert contributors to this first-ever local history of the county during this period bring to light a wealth of fascinating stories that will appeal to a general public with an enduring interest in a time where everyday life was overturned. Critically, these stories reveal new findings about the early military skirmishes in the local area by towering republican figures, Seán MacEntee and Frank Aiken, how the Civil War struck Drogheda and Dundalk with a conflagration unlike anything previously witnessed, and new research is revealed into the sectarian massacre at Altnaveigh. The economic, political and cultural experience during these years is also fully discussed, providing stark evaluations of social classes, gender, church communities, traditions, and the intrepid activities of Cumann na mBan, the RIC and the IRA.
County Louth and the Irish Revolution documents every facet of these fervent times, uncovering the truly remarkable in all that they had to offer.
Table of Contents
- Politics and Revolution in County Louth, 1914–1922 ~ Donal Hall
- Cumann na mBan in County Louth, 1914–1921 ~ Ailbhe Rogers
- Labour in County Louth, 1912–1923 ~ Martin Maguire
- Policing County Louth, 1912–1922 ~ Brendan McAvinue
- ‘Acting the Rebel’: Amateur Dramatics and Revolution in County Louth ~ Fiona Fearon
- The Railways of County Louth in the Revolutionary Decade, 1912-1923 ~ Peter Rigney
- Changing Times: The Big House in County Louth, 1912–1923 ~ Jean Young
- William McQuillan of Drogheda: An Unlikely Rebel ~ John McCullen
- In the Shadow of Altnaveigh: Political Upheaval and Sectarian Violence in County Louth, 1920–1922 ~ Conor McNamara
- The Civil War in Drogheda ~ Mal Martin
- The Civil War in Dundalk and the Case of Charles Gyles, 1898–1922 ~ Don Johnston
- War of Independence and Civil War Memorial Inscriptions in County Louth, 1916-1923 ~ Seamus Bellew
- Compiling the Names of the County Louth Volunteers who Mobilised, Easter Week 1916 ~ Lorraine McCann
About the Editors
Martin Maguire works in the department of Humanities at Dundalk IT where he is Senior Lecturer and Director of the BA (Hons) Digital Humanities. He is the author of ‘Shaking the blood-stained hand of Mr Collins’: The Civil Service and the Revolution in Ireland, 1912-38 and Servants to the People: A History of The Local Government & Public Service Union: 1900–1992
Donal Hall has written and lectured extensively on the Great War and the revolutionary period in Co Louth; he is the author of World War One and Nationalist politics in Co Louth 1914–1920, ‘The unreturned army’: County Louth Dead in the Great War and The Louth Rifles 1877–1908.