New book set against back­drop of huge bat­tle

The Corkman - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

A NEW book, en­ti­tled ‘ The Green of Spring’ and set against the back­drop of the Bat­tle of the Somme dur­ing World War I, was launched by its au­thor, Dublin born Peter Keat­ing, at Charleville Li­brary on last Fri­day evening.

De­scribed as a pow­er­ful and mov­ing story of love, friend­ship, courage and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, the book is set amidst the hor­ror of the Bat­tle of the Somme, which was fought be­tween the Bri­tish and French forces against the Ger­mans on the banks of the Somme River in north­ern France in 1916.

Peter Keat­ing, who is now res­i­dent in New­town­shan­drum, has ded­i­cated his book to his grand­fa­ther, Sergeant Wil­liam Keat­ing, who was a mem­ber of the Royal Ar­tillery at the Bat­tle of the Somme, which was one of the blood­i­est bat­tles of the en­tire war, with one mil­lion sol­diers dead or wounded on all sides.

The launch was at­tended by mem­bers of Mr Keat­ing’s fam­ily, in­clud­ing his mother, Eileen, who trav­elled from Dublin for the oc­ca­sion, other mem­bers of his ex­tended fam­ily and a large num­ber of friends.

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