Monday 30 August 2021

Book launch: Wicklow and the War of independence

A new book, Wicklow and the War of Independence, has been published by Wicklow County Archives. It is the product of a Wicklow County Council Decade of Centenaries project, which was supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Art, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. 

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The book brings together a collection of essays and images by 12 of the county’s historians who have researched the revolutionary era in their respective localities from a variety of perspectives. The result is a series of interwoven studies that bring the complex tapestry of this significant part of Wicklow history into new and sharper focus.

The 254-page ebook version is already available online, which the hard-copy of the book will launch, with an exhibition of the same name, at the imminent official opening of the new Wicklow Library & Archives. 

In his foreword, Wicklow County Council’s Chief Executive, Frank Curran says: “The Wicklow Decade of Centenaries Programme supports the development of initiatives at county and community level to re-examine and commemorate significant events, individuals and groups during the revolutionary years (1913–23) in County Wicklow.

"I believe that as part of this project, this publication Wicklow and the War of Independence, which is focused on Wicklow’s experience of the War of Independence (1919–­21), contributes to this goal by combining local stories and experiences with local research and scholarship via access to local archives. In doing so, it promotes a greater understanding to authentic local archival access to digitised local archives such as those available on the Wicklow County Council portal"