21 October 2005

They Put The Flag a-Flyin' The Roscommon Volunteers 1916-1923

Posted by Mike Costello via Lew Thorne:

It's Here!

They Put The Flag a-Flyin' The Roscommon Volunteers 1916-1923

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After twelve years in the making, the book by Kathleen Hegarty Thorne about the Roscommon Volunteers has finally been born.

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Vital Statistics: 540 pages long, on an 8 1/2 by 11" format, 342 pictures, quality paper throughout, graced by an original watercolour of the Shankill Monument on its cover. The book begins with a 200 page story of the War for Independence and Civil War in and around County Roscommon, followed by a 30 page Chronology of the week-by-week, sometimes day-by-day happenings of the time period. The next and largest section of the book includes an alphabetical listing of Volunteers in Roscommon. The entries include the war activities of the various individuals, information which was derived from the North and South Roscommon commanders' papers, as well as from intelligence papers in the Military Archives in Dublin. Several hundred Volunteers' photos are also included. The next section of the book, the Surrounding Volunteers, lists the command structure of the Irish Republican Army in the neighbouring counties of Galway, Mayo, Longford, Leitrim, Sligo, and Westmeath. In order to facilitate the reader in locating specific people and places, the book concludes with a 36 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.

Where to Get it: The initial launch in Ireland will take place on Sunday, 30 October, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Abbey Hotel ballroom in Roscommon town. Very few speeches will be given, but music, food, and friendship will abound. The afternoon's entertainment will include tunes by local musicians, and an on-going slide show of the people who helped put this book together. After the initial launch, satellite launches are planned for Boyle, Castlerea, and perhaps Athlone in the first weeks of November.

Cost: The book will retail for 45 Euro, with discounts available for multiple purchases. The cost in the US will be $49.95 plus $6 shipping in the continental United States. The book can be shipped Air Post internationally, but the book weighs 4.5 lbs and Air Post shipping costs from the USA for one book to the Republic of Ireland is US$ 24.00 and to all other International destinations the cost is US$32.00. More information regarding shipping costs can be obtained by clicking on the "Order Button" on the generationpublishing web site that corresponds to the shipping destination.

Where to buy the book after November 1: They Put the Flag a Flyin' The Roscommon Volunteers 1916-1923 will be distributed by Easons in Ireland and available in local bookstores. In the United States the book will be available after September 15, 2005 on the Internet. Simply type in www.generationpublishing.com and specifics about the book will be presented. Generation Publishing will accept credit cards, and shipping will take place within days of the order.

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