The Bad Times – Waterford Country Houses During the Revolutionary Period

A new expanded edition of this book is now available in hardback and paperback at the museum and direct from Amazon. It now contains an index, map, additional text and images and a new foreword by John Martin author of the Historic Atlas of Dungarvan.

A vivid account of the people who lived through the revolutionary period, whether as occupants of the country houses (both large and small), their servants, members of the IRA or the Free State army, or ordinary people living in the countryside caught up in the tides of war. The research is meticulous and is based on an extraordinarily wide range of sources, both published and unpublished, including compensation claims in the National Archives, witness statements given to the Bureau of Military History, and contemporary Irish and UK newspapers.

One of the most valuable sources is the family archives of the owners of some of those houses, particularly the correspondence of Emily Ussher of Cappagh House and the diary of Mary de la Poer of Gurteen le Poer. This book is available to purchase at the following places: Waterford County Museum Dungarvan, David Walsh Office Supplies Dungarvan and the Book Centre, Waterford City and Mount Congreve shop and visitor centre, County Waterford. The paperback is €20 and the hardback is €25.