on 27 April 2010
Although largely a biography of a little known Irish rebel, this book provides a very detailed but a most readable account of the War of Independence and Civil War in county Waterford. Long considered a "quiet" county by most historians; this view was evidently not shared by Crown forces who declared martial law and deployed over a thousand troops there. Full accounts given of such incidents as the ambushes at the Burgery and Pickardstown and of the 1922 Battle for Waterford City.
Lennon was the youngest leader of a guerrilla flying column in 1920, but laid down his arms in the Civil War to avoid further suffering for the local poplace, acknowledging the war to be a lost cause months before the Republican leadership acknowledged the reality. Emigrating to the US, he briefly became a communist before returning to Ireland to attempt to develop the national economy. Defying the Catholic Church by flouting the "Ne Temere" decree, he later returned to the US where he embraced Zen Buddhism and spoke out against the Vietnam War.