A new book - The Civil War in Dublin – The Fight for the Irish Capital 1922-1924 - has been published by Merrion Press, the history imprint of Irish Academic Press.
Written by John Dorney, historian and editor of The Irish Story website, the book reveals the complete, shocking story of Ireland's capital during and after the shelling of the Four Courts, the latter an event that will forever be lamented by Irish genealogists as it destroyed centuries of records about our ancestors.
As well as the gutting of the Four Courts, the book explores in detail the ten-month guerrilla war that followed – a ruthless and bitter cycle of execution, outrage and revenge.
In its 300 pages, The Civil War in Dublin provides an insight into how the city of Dublin operated under conditions of disorder and bloodshed and, through meticulous detail, brings the chaos of these years to life, revealing unsettling truths about the extreme actions taken by a burgeoning Irish Free State and its anti-Treaty opponents.
The book is available in hardback (€39.99) and paperback(€19.99).
To read a free adapted extract from the book on the author's website, see:
Today in Irish History, 28 June 1922, the First Day of the Irish Civil War