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The Flame and the Candle [Paperback]

Dominic Price
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9 Mar 2012
It is all very well to speak of the flame but the candle must be kept going too. William Sears, TD for Mayo South, spoke these words during the Treaty debates, referring to the people of Mayo who had endured so much violence it was now time to restore peace. This is the story of Mayo men and women active during the War of Independence and the Civil War, a story largely untold or forgotten. It details the impact of the militarised RIC, agrarian unrest and the Republican courts, the Black and Tans, the IRA campaign, the Civil War, the National Army's Claremorris Command and the anti-treaty Republicans. Throughout, there is an attempt at real insight into the lives of participants using eyewitness testimony, for example, eyewitness accounts of Black and Tan atrocities collected by the Tuam Archdiocese in 1920 and 1921. Security within the IRA is examined while the Civil War revealed some shocking indiscipline within the National Army and competent leadership in the Republican Forces. In conclusion the establishment and acceptance of the Garda Síochána and how Mayo adapted to peace while hundreds of Mayo men and women were still imprisoned is explored. The myth that little or nothing happened in Mayo during these troubled times is dispelled forever.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: The Collins Press; Reprint edition (9 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848891369
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848891364
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 12.5 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 322,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Well-researched account.' --Irish Catholic

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Dominic Price grew up in Rathfarnham in Dublin close to Padraig Pearse's Scoil Éanna, and often visited his grandparents near Kilmainham Jail. This sparked an interest in Irish history. He also served in the FCA, gaining valuable military experience. A teacher of history, religious education & music, he has a keen interest in traditional Irish music and plays the uilleann pipes, traditional flute and guitar.

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5.0 out of 5 stars a detailed history of the war in mayo 21 Sep 2012
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I have been waiting for such a book to be written. Although there are many fine books and essays on the Irish War of Independence and a few of them do mention County Mayo most seem to dwell on that county's well-known characters and military actions, all of which can easily be found on the internet. Not until now has a book included such fine detail about the civilian population of Mayo. Perhaps other readers might not require such detail - if so there is much military excitement in these pages to satisfy them, along with accounts of republican courts,Black and Tans etc - but having searched for years without success for answers to specific questions about murderous incidents which appeared in the newspapers and then disappeared without trace I can only thank Dominic Price for his diligence. A very informative read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 2 Dec 2013
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A very good read, full of facts I never came across before, well worth the purchase price. ten out of ten
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very well researched 31 Jan 2013
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As I'm from the area I found it a great read. The author has researched his subject very well. A good read for anyone interested in the history of Ireland during the war of independence and civil war.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Review of the Period 27 May 2014
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I was impressed by this well written and researched work. I had heard the names of many of the characters referenced in the work from growing up in the area, but was somewhat vague on the details with the passage of time. This work filled in the missing detail in a comprehensive yet readable way. It is a balanced work avoiding the hero worship propagandist style I have found in other works covering the period. I recommend it.
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