James Laffey

Rebels in the Courthouse. Mayo in a Time of Revolution. 1920-25


Drawing on many previously unpublished sources, James Laffey presents a compelling and heartbreaking portrait of a county at war from 1920-‘25. “Rebels in the Courthouse” recounts this turbulent era through the personal stories of those who were on the frontline in the fight for freedom. The book also sheds a fascinating light on the lives of ordinary citizens in one of the poorest counties in Ireland during a period that came to define 20th -Century Ireland. This is a story of hope and hardship, of friendships and feuds, of legacy and loss. 

It is the story of Mayo and its people in a time of revolution.


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New, Mayo County Council, 2021

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James Laffey