Date(s): Fri. 9th March 2012 8.00pm
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An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD will launch The Flame and the Candle - War in Mayo 1919 - 1924 by Dominic Price.
The myth that little or nothing happened in Mayo during Ireland’s fight for Independence from 1919 to 21 will be dispelled forever with the launch of a new book on the period to be launched in Castlebar library next week. The Flame and the Candle by Dominic Price is the story of the Mayo men and women who were active during the troubled period of the War of Independence and the Civil War, a story largely untold. Eyewitness accounts of Black and Tan atrocities in the book give real insight into the lives of participants in the events. Security within the IRA is examined, with reproductions of letters and statements by spies and informers. The book also reveals some shocking indiscipline within the National Army during The Civil War in contrast to the competent leadership of the Republican forces. The establishment and acceptance of the Garda Siochana and how Mayo adapted to peace while hundreds of Mayo men and women were still imprisoned is also explored.
The title of the book comes from a quote by William Sears, TD for Mayo South, spoken during the Treaty debates, referring to the people of Mayo, who had endured so much violence, and the need for lasting peace:
‘It is all very well to speak of the flame but the candle must be kept going too’.
The author, Dominic Price, is a teacher of history who grew up in Rathfarnham, close to Scoil Eanna. He often visited his grandparents who lived near Kilmainham Jail which sparked his interest in Irish history of this period.
The launch is organised by Castlebar Library, in conjunction with The Castle Bookshop and www.mayobooks.ie. Food and refreshments will be served to all.