Schools’ booklet on the War of Independence

By Dan Walsh

Wexford Libraries have launched “County Wexford War of Independence and Civil War: an educational resource” in Wexford Library, a booklet charting events and timeline of the War of Independence and the Civil War in County Wexford.

It is a resource for young people from 4th class in primary school to 3rd year in secondary school. Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy introduced the booklet to an enthusiastic audience. Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Barbara-Anne Murphy says, “This booklet is a wonderful learning resource for our young people so that they can engage with the history of their area from a hundred years ago.”

This was followed by a talk by Historian in Residence, Barry Lacey to a class of 1st year students from CBS Wexford.  

The booklet was researched and written by local historian, Monica Crofton and edited by Executive Librarian, Hazel Percival and Library Assistant, Michael Dempsey. It was designed by Nicola Bailey.

The booklet will be distributed to all schools in County Wexford in the coming weeks. It will also be available in all Wexford library branches with an additional electronic version on the library website.

Schools can request a class visit from Barry Lacey, Historian-in-Residence, to discuss this important time in Irish history with the students.

Pictured at the launch of the Schools Booklet on Wexford’s History during the War of Independence and Civil War were Monica Crofton (Historian), Cllr Pip Breen, Cllr Barbara Anne Murphy, Cllr John Hegarty, Cllr Garry Laffan, Cllr Donal Kenny, Hazel Percival (Executive Librarian), Barry Lacey (Historian in Residence, Wexford County Council).

For further information, contact the Local Studies Librarian at 053 919 6330 or libraryhq@wexfordcoco.ie

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