Author Gerard Dooley has published ‘Nenagh, 1914–21: Years of Crisis’ - this book looks at life in Nenagh during the tumultuous period of 1914 to 1921.
The book examines the rise of the National Volunteers in Nenagh and their collapse, exploring the evolution of the organization that arose from the ashes of the National Volunteers to become the IRA. Issues of dissension, disunity and deception among the IRA are analysed as a counterpoint to the more usual accounts of Flying Columns and ambushes. The transformation of the RIC from a demoralized force, disenchanted and badly paid, to a dangerous hybrid of gendarmerie, civil police and demobilized Great War Veterans is also discussed.
The book is available in all good bookshops and nationwide.