The launch of the new book by local author and historian Donal hall drew a large crowd to An Táin Arts Centre in Dundalk last Wednesday evening.
The book - Louth: The Irish Revolution, 1912-23, tells the story of Louth in the years of the Irish Revolution in a single comprehensive narrative for the very first time.
Drawing on a wide range of sources, the book delves deep into the background of that period, revealing a county with a strong industrial and agricultural base but also with a declining population, large-scale unemployment, extensive poverty and one of the few places on the east coast where the Irish language survived. The book reveals that up to 1916, most people in Louth would have been content with a political settlement that maintained a strong connection with Britain.
The book was launched by Professor Terence Dooley , Director of the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates.
The book is published by Four Courts Press and is available now in most good bookshops, including Roe River Books here in Dundalk, priced at €19.95.
Donal holds a PhD in history from Maynooth University.
He has written and lectured extensively on the1912-1923 period.
Previous publications include World War 1 and nationalist politics in County Louth 1914 – 1920 and as co-editor with Dr Martin Maguire, County Louth and the Irish Revolution 1912-23.