Wigs and guns

Irish barristers in the Great War

Anthony P. Quinn

Hardback €40.50
Catalogue Price: €45.00
ISBN: 1-85182-935-0
June 2006. 200pp; ills.

'This is a superbly researched book, concentrating on the twenty-five barristers who were killed, each of them being given a short biography with full details of their careers and not simply their wartime records … Tony Quinn picks an objective and balanced pathway through the complexities of the period', The Edward Thomas Fellowship.

‘This scholarly and absorbing book by Anthony Quinn, himself an Irish barrister, will help to keep alive the memory of the Irish role in the Great War, especially that of lawyers', Manus Nunan, STAND TO!: Journal of the Western Front Association.

‘All over Ireland, in many institutions and public places, are the simple yet poignant memorials to the many who fell in the Great War. Many lawyers, litigants, and members of the public who visit the Four Courts pass the splendid bronze memorial, by Oliver Sheppard, to the Irish barristers who fell in that war. Alas, many, it seems pass without a second thought as to the names listed thereon. Of course, one or two, such as those of Thomas Kettle the poet, and Major William Redmond, brother of the leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party, are more recognisable than others. Tony Quinn, in this worthy publication, has cast light upon them all', John McCoy, Irish Sword.

'Essential reading for anyone interested in the part played by Irish soldiers on the battlefields of Europe', Journal of Co. Donegal Historical Society.

'The publication of this book is one of the testaments to the new maturity and self-confidence in our national life …. An excellent book', Dublin Historical Record.