“They Dared to Challenge, in the Garrison Town of Boyle”, by Barry Feely will be launched tonight in King House, Boyle.
The book is a fascinating, highly detailed account of the revolutionary period (1914 – 1922) in the area and features photographs and drawings depicting many of the key events. From archival sources, personal contacts and unrivalled local knowledge, Barry has put together a unique record of events during a crucial period in Irish history. The launch takes place at 8pm and all are welcome.
King House is currently hosting For the Record a commemorative exhibition of photographs, archival documents and memorabilia of Boyle Old IRA Members 1914 – 1922. The exhibition was opened by Matt Molloy on Easter Saturday runs until tomorrow, Saturday April 2nd. Molloy’s father James had a daring escape from the then Military Barracks (now King House) in 1921 and the image above is of a drawing by Boyle-based artist Vitya Malirsh, depicting the scene.
The book and exhibition received funding from Roscommon County Council under Roscommon Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. This and all events are detailed in the Roscommon 2016 Centenary Programme publication and the national website