Kerry 1916: Histories and Legacies of the Easter Rising – A Centenary Record, compiled and edited by Dr Mary McAuliffe, Bridget McAuliffe and Owen O’Shea, and due for publication in April 2016, presents a definitive account of events in Kerry in 1916 and how they impacted on the Easter Rising in Dublin and the subsequent shaping of Irish history.

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It details comprehensively the roles played by Kerry men and women in national and local events, leading up to and including the Rising events in Kerry, Dublin and other parts of Ireland. Biographical details of almost 150 Kerry men and women—most of whom were arrested for their involvement in the rebellion—are included, drawn from first-hand archival accounts, the Bureau of Military History and the Military Service Pensions Collection, among other sources.

The book includes contributions from local historians and academics on Roger Casement; the drownings at Ballykissane; Austin Stack; The O’Rahilly; Thomas Ashe; Fionán Lynch; Thomas MacGreevy, as well as on the role played by the Irish Volunteers, Cumann na mBan and the GAA in Kerry. Also included is an overview of social and political life in Kerry in 1916 and an overview of the Rising itself.

With a foreword from Professor Joe Lee, and featuring extensive newspaper reports, photographs from the period, and first-hand testimonies, Kerry 1916: Histories and Legacies of the Easter Rising – A Centenary Record sets the pivotal role of Kerry and its people in the context of the wider revolutionary period in Ireland and is a book for everyone with an interest in national and local history.

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