Saturday 20 December 2014

Historian's new book includes tales of his own grandfather

Published 30/07/2013 | 05:30

Author/historian Christopher Power, and (inset) his new book, ‘From Tyranny to Treaty - The Conflict in Tipperary, 1919-1923’, which was inspired by his own grandfather.

FERNS man, Christopher Power, has penned a book recalling the heroic deeds of the Irish volunteers in Tipperary in the 1920s - including the exploits of his own grandfather, also named Christopher Power.

A native of Tipperary, the elder Christopher fled his native county after the war having served in the 3rd Tipperary Brigade and came to 13 Lower Main Street, Arklow, where he remained until his death in 1965.

The new book, 'From Tyranny to Treaty - The Conflict in Tipperary 1919-1923', was a labour of love, according to the author.

'It's the history of the Irish volunteer movement in Tipperary', said Christopher. 'It was inspired by my grandfather, Christopher Power, who was a volunteer during that period in Tipperary. He was originally from Tipperary but lived most of his life in Arklow after he was forced to flee the country because of his involvement in the volunteer movement.

'The book focuses on the Anglo Irish war in Tipperary and the Civil War after it dealing with the various adventures and the fates of the men involved.

'My grandfather had to move out of the area as a result of his involvement and he came to Arklow where he met and married Martha Short of Newtownmountkennedy. Together the couple raised eight children, Pat, Dick, Christy, John, Frances, Yvonne, Martha and Mary.

'He died in 1965 so I never knew him but there was always a certain mystery about his early life and I knew he had some involvement with the volunteer movement so I decided to look into it.

'The book has a lot of stories involving a lot of people from that time who were living very dangerous lives', he said.

The book took Christopher a year to research and write, and having already self-published a book detailing the history of Ferns some years ago, he decided to self publish again.

He said the book is being well received, particularly in Tipperary.

'It's out about three or four weeks now and it's going well down there,' he said.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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