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Press Release: Launch of Through Peace and War: Kildare County Council in the years of Revolution, 1899-1926 by Tom Nelson

 

Launch of Through Peace and War:

Kildare County Council in the Years of Revolution, 1899-1926

 

Kildare County Council Decade of Commemorations Committee will launch Through Peace and War: Kildare County Council in the years of revolution, 1899-1926, by Thomas Nelson, in the Exhibition Area, Level 2, Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, on Monday, 19 October 2015, at 12.30 p.m.

The Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898 brought about a quiet revolution. The landed gentry who had monopolised county administration were replaced at a stroke by a new class elected by the widest franchise in Ireland.

This is the story of the first Kildare County Council and explores the social and political backgrounds of the members. It shows how they grappled with the task of setting, collecting and spending the new local tax known as ‘rates’; taking on new responsibilities while managing the tensions as they arose.

We see the response of the county councillors to national issues in the turbulent years of the Home Rule crisis, the Great War and the Easter Rising. We follow the struggle of the council members and officials as they attempt to steer a course through the conflicting demands of the Dáil and the British Government during the War of Independence and subsequent Civil War.

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Thomas Nelson from Maynooth, is married with a son and two daughters and is a retired teacher from Coláiste Chiaráin, Leixlip. He developed a passion for history while writing about the activities of the Land League in Kildare for his B.A. in 1979, and was awarded a PhD in 2008 for his study of the early years of Kildare County Council. That thesis, Through Peace and War: Kildare County Council in the years of revolution 1899-1926 has been published by Thomas Nelson and Kildare County Council to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising.

 

Through peace and war  Kildare County Council in the years of revolution

 

Ends                                                                                                   15 October 2015

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