This, along with Sligo by Michael Farry, is the first volume to appear in The Irish Revolution, 1912-23 Series (Mary Ann Lyons & Daithí Ó Corráin, series editors). This major new series explores the experience of the Irish Revolution, addressing key developments and issues in the period. The approach will be both thematic and chronological, and the series will bring to a wide readership the findings of a new generation of historians with concise, accessible, scholarly studies of the Irish Revolution at a county level. Each volume will take 1912 as its starting point, opening with an overview of the social, economic and political milieu. The strength of the Home Rule movement will be assessed and likewise Unionism and the Labour movement where appropriate. The genesis and organization of paramilitarism from 1913 will be traced. Responses to the outbreak of the First World War and its impact on politics at county level will be explored. The significance of the 1916 Rising will be gauged. The varying fortunes of constitutional and separatist nationalism will then be examined; for instance, the reorganization of Sinn Féin at county level and the 1918 General Election.The local experience of the War of Independence will be treated in detail. The structure of the IRA and Crown forces will be outlined. Key questions addressed will include, among others, who the principals involved were; why the intensity of unrest varied; the nature of the unrest and its consequences. Responses to the Truce of 1921, the Anglo-Irish Treaty, and partition will also be considered. Each volume will close with an acute examination of the Irish civil war and its local impact.Mary Ann Lyons is professor of history, NUIM. Daithí Ó Corráin is a lecturer in history at St Patrick’s College Drumcondra, DCU.