Offaly Heritage 9
A collection of essays on County Offaly to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1916 rising.
Edited by Ciaran Reilly
Offaly Heritage is this year a special issue to mark 1916 and the impact it had on County Offaly. About eleven people from County Offaly are known to have participated in the Rising. This publication is about much more than that and sets the scene in terms of the background from the 1880s, the by-elections in North Offaly during the First World War (unique events), the Tullamore Incident, the growth of Cumann na mBan in the County. Then there is the story of young Thomas Holohan of Tullamore who was killed at Gallipoli, the maltmen strike in Tullamore in 1916, the influence of the local press on events and their own particular viewpoints. All in all it is the Society’s most ambitious journal yet and at 500 pages for €15 is remarkably good value.
This publication has been supported by the Offaly County Council’s 1916—2016 Fund and certainly the money has been well spent. This publication will be a lasting contribution to that programme and shows how a small incentive in money terms can get big results. A limited hardback issue is also available for only €20. The price is aimed at ensuring that all who want a copy of this special issue can afford it. The contributors, of course, have given their time and expertise for free. The kind of gesture that is so much in tune with the aspirations of those who ‘were out’ in 1916.