The contribution made by the Volunteers of Co. Roscommon as well as neighbouring Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Westmeath to the 1916-1923 quest for Irish freedom is oft overshadowed by stories and exploits which took place in more-populous counties. Yet the blood of these Volunteers was just as red and their lives were just as dear.
This is the Third Edition of this book, written by Kathleen Hegarty Thorne, which includes a Mayo Addendum.
This book is 568 pages long, paperback edition with over 400 pictures, quality paper throughout, graced by an original watercolour of the Shankill Monument on the jacket cover. The book concludes with a 38 page index (triple column) which includes all Volunteers' names in Roscommon and many in surrounding counties, place names, and themes addressed in the story section of the book. This index is very comprehensive, and is a useful tool for both professional researchers, ie those perhaps working in third level or those trying to understand their own families role in the War of Independence.
They Put The Flag A Flyin' provides the reader with four distinct vantage points from which to view the author's report. The first section reads as an unfolding story filled with quotes, comments of those who were there, and notations listing the men who took part in the various engagements. The middle section chronicles a time line of the month-by-month, sometimes day-by-day, events as they occurred in and around County Roscommon between 1916 and 1923. The third section provides an alphabetical listing of more than 2,000 Roscommon individuals known to have participated, including selected photos and short biographical sketches when particulars were available. The book concludes with a Surrounding Volunteers section that includes the IRA command structure of Galway, Leitrim, Longford, Mayo, Sligo, and Westmeath, complete with snippets of interest about various people in those counties.
When asked the question, "Was it worth it?" he paused for a very long time. Regret shaded his first syllables but vanished quickly as confirmation of his life's work dawned, then mushroomed in his mind: "That's a hard question. I had my house burned, one brother killed, and another brother beaten so badly that he suffered all through his life. But you see...we freed Ireland. We took the first step! We put the flag a-flyin'." What more magnificent epitaph could be etched on the tombstone of a generation?
They Put the Flag a - Flyin
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