Down by the liffeyside / Colbert Kearney.
By: Kearney, Colbert.Publisher: Dromore, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland : Somerville Press, 2019Copyright date: 2019 Description: 263 p., 16 pages of plates: ill., ports. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781999997069 : (pbk.).Subject(s): Kearney family | Kearney, Peadar, 1883-1942 | Behan, Brendan, 1923-1964 | Dublin (Ireland) -- Social conditions -- History. -- 19th century | Inchicore (Dublin, Ireland) -- HistoryDDC classification: 920
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Preface -- Inchicore -- Finglas -- Cedarwood Avenue -- A soldier's songs .
Colbert Kearney gives us a witty social history of a Dublin working-class family from the 1940s to the turn of the 21st century.
This was no ordinary family. Colbert's grandfather, Peader Kearney, was a veteran of 1916 and the War of Independence; his cousin was the IRA activist and author, Brendan Behan.
Peader Kearney penned many nationalist songs, including 'A Soldier's Song' which was to become the national anthem. He casts a long shadow over this memoir , though he died three years before the author was born.
Down by the Liffeyside is a bittersweet tribute to the working-class men and women who endured the early years of the Irish Free State.