• For The Cause, A Castlebar Family's Stand for Irish Freedom 1914-1924.

Detailing the struggle for Irish Independence from 1914-1924 through the personal experiences of a Castlebar family and their community 'For The Cause' is the hitherto undocumented history of the county town during this momentous period of change and conflict. This book covers the rise of nationalism in the town in the early 1900's, the founding of the Volunteers, through World War 1, The War of Independence and Civil War and its aftermath. Through the hitherto unpublished personal papers and military records of Castlebar-born James Chambers, Commandant 1st Battalion, West Mayo Brigade, IRA, John Chambers, Captain A Column, 1st Battalion and Annie Chambers (Mellett), member of Castlebar committee Cumann na mBan, 'For the Cause' presents new and timely information about this important period in the history of Castlebar.

Anne Chambers is an award-winning author. Her books include TK Whitaker-Portrait of a Patriot, The Great Leviathian-2nd Marquess of Sligo, 1788-1958, Ranji- Maharajah of Connemara and Grace O'Malley- The Biography of Ireland's Pirate Queen, 1530-1603.

Review supplied by Robert Ely

I just finished studying Anne Chambers new book: "For The Cause":  A Castlebar  Family's Stand For Irish Freedom 1914-1924. Here is a great book that should be in the private library of every student, and every scholar of Irish History! The centrepiece of the book covers the rise of Irish Nationalism and Patriotism at the beginning of the Twentieth Century, and the deep commitment and heroic actions of Anne Chambers father, uncle, and aunt in their struggle to liberate Ireland from the shackles of British colonialism!   
 
Within the pages of Anne's book, there is a rich source of new information about the heroism and sacrifice of Castlebar men and women during the Anglo-Irish War of Independence, and the brutal Black and Tan War; followed by one of Ireland's greatest sorrows, The Irish Civil War.  Here we see the intrepid women of Castlebar's Cumann na mBan, like Anne's aunt, who put her life on the line, time and time again, in supporting the men 'on the run' - like her two brothers - who were waging guerrilla warfare against the British crown forces! For without the untiring support of the Irish women during that momentous time in Ireland's history, the men of the IRA, who manned The Flying Columns, and made up the Active Service Units, would never have succeeded in forcing the British government to the negotiating table in London.

In writing her book, Anne's in-depth research over the years into the military actions of  the Castlebar Battalion of The West Mayo Flying Column, she had managed to place her hand on the pulse of the revolutionary climate in West Mayo and throughout Ireland at that time. Anne comes across with the story of Erin's revolutionary struggle on the pages of her book, with physiognomic flair, to the point that the reader will think that she was an actual eyewitness and participant to those crucial and earth-shaking times in Ireland's history. And of course, a writer who, like Anne, can transport themselves metaphysically into one of history's great and dynamic settings, prove they are gifted authors,


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For The Cause, A Castlebar Family's Stand for Irish Freedom 1914-1924.

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