New books puts Wick­low’s role un­der the mi­cro­scope

Bray People - - PICTURES -

HENRY Cairns is a fa­mil­iar sight in Bray, where he sits ev­ery day at the counter of his ‘ Town Hall’ book shop on Florence Road.

Last week, he launched his 16th book, an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Wick­low’s part in re­volt and revo­lu­tion.

Henry is part of a wider com­mu­nity of his­to­ri­ans across the county, many of whom con­trib­uted to ‘Wick­low in Re­volt, A His­tory of Wick­low 1913 - 1923’.

The book is beau­ti­fully pre­sented and gives a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into life in Wick­low through­out those sem­i­nal years in Ir­ish his­tory.

Pas­sion­ate about his­tory and par­tic­u­larly Wick­low’s place therein, Henry has ded­i­cated years to pro­duc­ing this valu­able book.

He edited the book, which in­cludes an in­tro­duc­tion by Ruan O’Don­nell of the Univer­sity of Lim­er­ick.

Con­trib­u­tors in­clude be­he­moths of his­tor­i­cal re­search, in­clud­ing O’Don­nell him­self, as well as Jim Ress, Eva O’Cathaoir, John Fin­lay, James Scan­nell and Robert But­ler.

‘Wick­low in Re­volt’ ex­plores sub­jects such as ‘Wick­low Town through the trou­bles’, ‘ The land­ing of ri­fles in Kil­coole’, ‘ The Ris­ing and Wick­low’, and ‘ The Civil War’.

To get a copy of the book, go to the Town Hall book shop, Ea­sons in Ark­low, Deveney’s in Bray and other book shops.

The launch was very well at­tended, with guests in­clud­ing his­to­ri­ans, con­trib­u­tors, and mem­bers of lo­cal his­tor­i­cal so­ci­eties.

There were also pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tives in­clud­ing Deputy John Brady, Chair­man of Bray Mu­nic­i­pal District Bren­dan Thorn­hill, and a num­ber of coun­cil­lors, of­fi­cials and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of bod­ies such as the Na­tional Ar­chives.

Con­trib­u­tor Robert But­ler, Cathaoir­leach of Bray Mu­nic­i­pal District Bren­dan Thorn­hill, Stan O’Reilly from Wick­low His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and Brian Don­nelly for the Na­tional Ar­chives.

ABOVE: Noel Barry, Thomas Sheri­dan and Michael Barry. RIGHT: Cllr Christopher Fox and Ray Cran­ley.

The book’s edi­tor, Henry Cairns, with Peter Dodd.

Deputy John Brady, Marie Gav­i­gan and Char­lie Ka­vanagh.

Brian White, Jim Rees and Stephen Casey.

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