Veteran IRA leader Ernie O’Malley criticised County Kilkenny as being ‘slack’ during the War of Independence, but this fascinating new study of the period, by historian Eoin Swithin Walsh, challenges that view and reveals that Kilkenny was truly at the forefront of the struggle for Irish freedom. No Kilkenny citizen escaped the revolutionary era untouched, especially during the turmoil that followed the Easter Rising of 1916, the upheaval of the War of Independence and the tumultuous Civil War.
Key personalities, revolutionary organisations and dramatic events in Kilkenny illuminate the country-wide struggle. Not to be forgotten, the lives of the ‘ordinary’ men and women of the county are explored, emphasising a life beyond politics and conflict. The listing of Kilkenny fatalities during the War of Independence is examined and, for the first time, combatants and civilians who died during the Truce and the Civil War are recorded, revealing an even more deadly conflict than previously believed.
Presenting a complete history of the county in the opening decades of the twentieth century – including the use of previously unseen archival material – Kilkenny: In Times of Revolution, 1900–1923 is an indispensable contribution to the literature on the turbulent birth of the Irish nation.
Table of Contents
Foreword ~ Diarmaid Ferriter
- Calm before the Storm (1900–1915)
- Kilkenny 1916: The Fight that Never Was
- By-Elections and the ‘Big flu’: Brewing up a Storm (1917–18)
- War of Independence Part 1 (January 1919–December 1920)
- War of Independence Part 2: Martial Law (January–July 1921)
- War of Independence: Civilian Fatalities and Analysis
- Kilkenny’s Political and Civil Counter-State (1919–1921)
- A Truce; in every which way but Loose (July 1921–March 1922)
- Civil War in all but name; the Battle of Kilkenny (April–June 1922)
- Civil War officially: A Summer of Discontent (June–August 1922)
- Civil War: Executions and the Return to Guerrilla Fighting (September–December 1922)
- The Close of Civil War and its Aftermath (January–September 1923)
- Civil War: Civilian Fatalities and Analysis
- Everyday Life in County Kilkenny in Times of Trouble (1919–1923)
About the Author
Eoin Swithin Walsh has a Master’s degree in Modern Irish History from UCD. He has written extensively on various aspects of Irish history, with articles appearing in local newspapers and periodicals He has worked with the 1916 Rebellion and Michael Collins walking tours of Dublin, and currently works in the civil service in a governmental role.