New, Mayo County Council, 2021
Drawing on many previously unpublished sources, James Laffey presents a compelling and heartbreaking portrait of a county at war from 1920-‘25.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.