On 21 November 2016 Carton House, Co. Kildare hosted the launch of The country house and Great War: Irish and British experiences, edited by Terence Dooley (Maynooth University) and Christopher Ridgeway (Castle Howard, Yorkshire). Drawing on archival materials, and incorporating never-before-seen images, this volume presents a spectrum of experience: from owners, to servants and tenants, as well as the local communities that lived in the shadows of the country houses. These personal narratives identify lost or forgotten figures, uncover unknown stories and military records and excavate the more hidden histories of those who endured the war at home. They are a powerful reminder of the experiences common to many during the 1914–18 period, as well as a record of how individual lives were shaped by personalities and unique circumstances.
The book was launched by Frank McNally in the Gold Salon, Carton House.