September 23, 2023
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New works shed light on key events in Kilkenny during War of Independence

Two specially commissioned publications covering events in Kilkenny during the War of Independence are now available from the local library service.

Both publications have been researched and edited by local researchers and historians.

‘Kilkenny Men interned in Ballykinlar, County Down, 1920-21’ – researched and written by Orla Murphy and edited by Carmel Cummins – is a piece of original research which the library service says ‘sheds a spotlight on this scarcely remember event’.

Meanwhile, Fergal Donohoe researched an wrote ‘Kilkenny Jail Break, November 21st 1921’ which centres around a famous incident at the old Kilkenny Jail, which only survives today in the name ‘Gaol Road’.

Commenting on the historical local works, Kilkenny Library Service Executive Librarian Declan Mulcahy said: “One of the main aims of the programme is to raise awareness of the Decade period locally and to put the spotlight on often forgotten events from this period. These publications will provide a tangible reminder of these important events.

“Our focus was to promote a deeper understanding of the historical events of the period with particular emphasis on the events and experiences in Kilkenny.”

Copies of these publications are available from the Library Branch network from December 14. They are also available to download from the library website from the same date.

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