Ireland's Banner County
By Daniel McCarthy
by Daniel McCarthy
Clare from the fall of Parnell to the Great War, 1890-1918.
(Saipan Press, Dec. 2002, xii, 213pp. 8pp.ills. appends.,index, hbk.euro29.95,
isbn 0 954408705, pbk. euro19.95, isbn 0 9544087013).
Ireland's participation in the Great War was for
many years after independence obliterated from the national consciousness,
as the country snapped off the imperial ties of the past, yet over
recent years such a trend has been reversed in an effort to appreciate
the full swing of the revolutionary pendulum and this book highlights
the ultimate sacrifices made by over 50,000 Irishmen with a specific
examination of the environment in which 5,000 Claremen volunteered
to join the Allied armies of WW1.
In writing this book, the author has spent many years of research
in the libraries, archives, museums and public record offices of
most of the participant nations of the Great War ( he has quoted
extensively from Commonwealth War Graves Commission records sent
on to him by the organisation), particularly in New York, with a
focus on the Fighting 69th and Colonel Martin Meaney (of Battle
of the Ourcq fame) as well as on John Philip Holland, a Clareman
and father-founder of the modern submarine.
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