In this captivating new history Tipperary native John Dennehy explores the profound political, economic, military and social impact of the Great War on one Irish county: Tipperary.
Little has been written on the impact of the war on everyday life – food prices, the role of women, soldier suicide, foreign refugees. This book tells the poignant story of the many traumas the war inflicted on the people of Tipperary and the stories of thousands of injured and disabled soldiers that were based in Tipperary recovering, their stories at the front and how difficult it was to reintegrate themselves into everyday life despite the best efforts of the civilians.
Beautifully designed with delightfully evocative images of the war scene in the country, Dennehy has written a truly accessible and engaging history that will become the blueprint for studies of Ireland and the Great War for the coming years.
It was a time of contested loyalties at home and unparalleled brutality abroad, and while the ordinary citizens were well aware of the bloody toll, thousands continued to enlist. And if men moved to fight, women mobilised to help, playing a central role in all aspects of the home front from fund-raising to training in first- aid, all contributing to the emergence of women’s freedoms in Ireland after the war. Yet the insensitive handling of recruitment and the aborted attempt to impose conscription ensured there would be no successful transition from war to peace in the county, and Tipperary emerged radicalised and divided from the conflict.
The dramatic general election of December 1918 and the battle for independence that followed, muffled the trauma and emotion Tipperary experienced during the First World War, and set the scene for the political convulsions to follow. This is the story of that time.
John Dennehy is a journalist from Clonmel. He gained his PhD in history from UCC and has contributed to several publications on the subject of Tipperary during the First World War. In A Time of War - Tipperary (1914-1918) by John Dennehy is available from all good book shops.