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Eamonn's insight into war story


With 2017 marking the 100th anniversary of yet more historic battles during the course of WWI, a book well worth checking out is '31 Years of Hell' - written by Highfield man Eamonn Ashe.

31 Years of Hell! is a captivating concise history of the two world wars and the interwar years.

It is unique in covering the entire period from 1914-1945, and gives insight into how economic hardship and the rise of dictators during the interwar years led to World War II just twenty years after the Great War.

The book was a very personal project for Eamonn. His grandfather, Joseph Phillips, a Company Sergeant Major in the Connaught Rangers, died on the fields of France on 21 March, 1918 during Germany's Spring Offensive towards the end of World War I. He is buried at Ste. Emilie Cemetery, Villers-Faucon, close to St. Quentin. In 1991, Eamonn brought his mother there. It was her first and only time to visit her father's grave.

There was plenty of additional Drogheda creative talent involved in 31 Years of Hell! Local artist Olive Eustace painted the two images for the book cover. These images were then incorporated into an eye-catching cover design by Caoimhe Mulroy of Once Upon Design. The book was edited by Eamonn Ashe's daughter, Fiona, who published it through her digital agency, FlasheForward Communications, which is based in Drogheda.

31 Years of Hell! is available exclusively in Drogheda from Books Direct on West Street (directly opposite Tesco). It is also available online on the book's website: www.31YearsOfHell.com. Price €17.99.

Eamonn grew up in Salthill, Galway and graduated from NUIG as a civil engineer. He has spent the past fifty years living in Drogheda.