New book set against backdrop of huge battle
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.