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The War of Independence and the Ballads of Atrocity in The Valley of Knockanure

In this new publication to mark the centenary of the War of Independence in North Kerry, Gabriel Fitzmaurice has drawn together the threads of traditional lore and balladry with the steel-wire of factual evidence to explain the origins of the ballad ‘The Valley of Knockanure’ by the internationally acclaimed writer, Bryan MacMahon, who had been commissioned to do so in 1946 by Pádraig Ó Ceallacháin, a noteworthy activist in the cause for Irish Independence. Other variants of the song are also provided with insightful commentary. The book is accompanied by a CD.