This timely and compelling book records the experiences of Irishmen from South County Dublin who fought in the First World War while also accounting for the lives of their families who remained at home. Principally a social history, the main body of the book is broken up into seven chapters that each disclose the history of a particular district in South Dublin. These local histories expand upon the background of the families subsequently related, providing a fascinating portrait of the lives that soldiers left behind.
The Roll of Honour covers individuals with riveting life stories and tales of anecdotal intrigue; families of interesting power and wealth are included such as the great merchant families of Dublin at the time – the Dockrells, Findlaters, Lees, Martins and McCormicks.
The book also provides an illuminating history of Ireland’s involvement in the First World War generally—how the war and its fighters have been subsequently recognised within Irish society. Reasons for enlistment; the effect of Gallipoli and the Easter Rising; examples of how ex-British servicemen were treated when they returned home to Ireland following the end of the war; all is accounted for in this fascinating history that highlights the enduring contentions related to Ireland’s involvement in the Great War.
Table of Contents
FOREWORD by Brigadier General David O’Morchoe C.B. C.B.E
TENS OF THOUSANDS OF IRISHMEN VOLUNTEER TO FIGHT IN THE GREAT WAR
GALLIPOLI AND EASTER RISING EFFECTS RECRUITING
THE END OF WAR ON 11 NOVEMBER 1918
THE EARLY YEARS OF THE NEW STATE
LATE TWENTIETH CENTURY BRINGS A NEW DAWNING AND A CHANGE IN ATTITUDES
PRESIDENT OF IRELAND TO THE FORE IN THE TASK OF REMEMBRANCE AND RECONCILIATION
HISTORY AND ROLL OF HONOUR ~ KILGOBBIN, STEPASIDE & BARNACULLIA
HISTORY AND ROLL OF HONOUR ~ KILTERNAN & GOLDEN BALL
HISTORY AND ROLL OF HONOUR ~ SANDYFORD & DUNDRUM
HISTORY AND ROLL OF HONOUR ~ FOXROCK, CARRICKMINES & DEAN’S GRANGE
HISTORY AND ROLL OF HONOUR ~ CABINTEELY, BRENNANSTOWN & SHANKHILL
HISTORY AND ROLL OF HONOUR ~ STILLORGAN, NEWTOWNPARK & BLACKROCK
HISTORY AND ROLL OF HONOUR ~ KINGSTOWN; MONSTOWN, GLASTHULE, DALKEY & KILLINEY
About the Author
Ken Kinsella lives in Kilkenny and is co-author and editor of The History of Wayside Celtic F.C. (2000). He has written numerous articles on the Great War, published by Southside People Newspapers, Blue Cap Journal, Irish Medal Society Journal and the Panorama magazine.