History buffs out in force for launch of O'Carroll's 'The Earls of Desmond'

History buffs lined up in Fennessy's Bar in Limerick on Monday night to get hold of a signed copy of Gerald O'Carroll's fourth book entitled 'The Earls of Desmond: The Rise and Fall of a Munster Lordship'.

The book, which has received great acclaim from history enthusiasts around the country, was launched in Limerick by John Cussen, president of the Thomond Historical Society who was enthusiatic about its achievements. "At last the complicated history of the Earls of Desmond has been unravelled into a readable format. Superbly researched and written, Gerald O'Carroll's work is a resource of excellence for students of medieval Ireland" he said.

Mr O'Carroll was a History and English teacher in Limerick, and his research for this book has spanned over 30 years.

The book explores the FitzGeralds and the 15 earls who reigned from Kerry as far as Waterford from 1329 up until the last earl was decapitated in 1583.

"It was the great lordship in Britain and Ireland and Kerry was the nucleus of it, as well as west of Limerick" said Mr O'Carroll.

The book includes information about the Castle of Newcastle West, Askeaton Castle, Lough Gur Castle and the downfall of the earls.

The book is retailing at €15 and it is an "account for the new readership of students and young people.

It can be used in terms of history, tourism and education," said Mr O'Carroll.