Silent Sentinels: The Irish Treaty Forts.
Dublin: Nonsuch Press, 2008. 156 pages. Illustrated. Hardback.
Looking back as far as the 5th century, and with a particular focus on the era of the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921, 'Silent Sentinels' explores the significance of coastal forts in Ireland - their histories, their defence strategies and their legacies. MacCarron takes us to Cork's Forts Camden and Carlisle, which were critical in the country's defence against France in the 18th and 19th centuries. He explores Berehaven and Lough Swilly, and discusses the intricate developments in coastal artillery that came about before the First World War. The Anglo-Irish Treaty stated that the British Government could retain control of certain naval facilities and the forts that guarded them. 'Silent Sentinels' charts the negotiations that rendered these conditions invalid and describes the battle of words which was fought when Britian demanded the return of the facilities during the Second World War. Also fully covered is the human side of life in the forts for both British and Irish gunners, and the inititiatives to restore and preserve these ancient fortifications.
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