IRISH TV DELIGHTED TO BACK NEW KERRY 1916 CENTENARY BOOK
Kerry 1916 – Histories and Legacies of the Easter Rising
A Centenary Record
Edited by Bridget McAuliffe, Mary McAuliffe, Owen O’Shea
NEW KERRY 1916 BOOK A MUST-READ FOR IRISH HISTORY LOVERS
A new historical book titled ‘Kerry 1916: Histories and Legacies of the Easter Rising – A Centenary Record’ will be launched on Friday April 22 to coincide with the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.
Featuring extensive newspaper reports, photographs from the period, first-hand testimonies and with a foreword by Kerry native and eminent historian Professor JJ Lee, the book is set to prove a must-read for those interested in local and national Irish history.
Following the official launch of the book which takes place at 8pm at the Rose Hotel, Tralee, an open forum panel discussion chaired by co-editor and historian Dr Mary McAuliffe and featuring local and expert historians is to take place with an invitation to all to attend.
Pictured at the Rose Hotel in Tralee pictured l-r are Brian Hurley, Commissioning Editor Irish TV with co-authors of Kerry 1916 – Histories and Legacies of the Easter Rising – Bridget McAuliffe, Mary McAuliffe and Owen O’Shea
As one of the book’s sponsors, IRISH TV Commissioning Editor Brian Hurley stated: “IRISH TV is delighted to be associated with the launch of such a worthy and significant historical publication that once and for all recognises the valuable contribution of the many Kerry men and women over the Irish revolutionary period.
Detailing the stories of Kerry men and women involved in the rebellion and the impact of key events in Kerry during the wider revolutionary period, the book, compiled and edited by Kerry Writers Bridget McAulifee, Owen O’ Shea and UCD historian Dr Mary McAuliffe also outlines important social and political developments in the county before and after 1916.
Particular figures of note include Dan Healy, JJ McElligott and Michael T Knightly who were among the many Tralee natives active before and during the Rising in Tralee which is at the core of the book and was central to the wider Kerry and national story at the time.
“The significance of events in Kerry, the role of Kerry in the preparations for the Rising and the role of many Kerry men and women in those preparations are often overlooked or understated in the broader narrative of the period”, explained Dr McAuliffe.
She added that new research specifically details the role of women in Kerry in 1916 including that of Máirín Cregan who smuggled guns to Kerry, Lizanne O’Brien who organised Cumann na mBan and the sisters of The O’Rahilly – Nell and Anno – who were active in Cumann na mBan in Dublin.
“This is the first time the histories of all these Kerry men and women are detailed and presented in such a comprehensive form”, added Dr McAuliffe.
• Kerry 1916: Histories and Legacies of the Easter Rising – A Centenary Record (Irish Historical Publications, pp320, €25 paperback, €35 hardback) will be published on 22 April with an official launch at the Rose Hotel (formerly Fels Point Hotel), Tralee, Co. Kerry at 8pm. Dr Mary McAuliffe will chair a panel discussion featuring local historians and expert historians and there will be poetry and song from the period. All welcome.