Brannigan Niall and John Kirwan. Kilkenny Families in the Great War, 2012

Kilkenny FamiliesKilkenny Families in the Great War is the result of the authors’ seventeen-year endeavour to locate and document the men and women of County Kilkenny, Ireland, whether native born, or long-term resident, who saw service during the Great War of 1914-18. Not a single woven story, but a collection of more than 2,900 individual stories of those who served in the armed services, not only of the UK, but also of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India, South Africa, and the USA. Non-combatant auxiliaries – nurses, doctors, medical and Red Cross staff – are included, as are retired army and navy personnel who returned to the ranks for Home Service during the War, Merchant Marine, munitions and other essential workers, as well as those (including civilians) who organised fund-raising activities to aid the war effort. There is also a separate roll of those military personnel who saw transient service in Kilkenny during the War. The people whose lives are portrayed here were drawn from all strands of local society – labourers, skilled workers and artisans, farmers and farm labourers, professionals, clergymen and members of the land-owning and gentry classes. More than 80 illustrations relating to these individuals accompany the text. Please follow the link below to obtain electronic version of the book: