Ciaran Reilly , Edenderry, County Offaly, and the Downshire estate, 1790-1800 (Four Courts Press, Dublin, 2007) part of the NUI Maynooth, Studies in Local Irish History Series, no. 74.
In the history of the 1798 rising in Ireland Offaly is regarded as the forgotten county. It was not the scene of major military activity but that does not mean that it was unaffected by the disturbances that afflicted the Irish midlands in that year. This study shows that in one part of the county, around the old Quaker settlement of Edenderry, the agrarian secret societies that underlay the rising were as active as in many other parts of Ireland. In particular problems between the landlord, the marquis of Downshire, and his tenants fed social tensions produced by more general economic conditions to ensure that Edenderry would be as disturbed as many other parts of the country during the years 1795-7. Why then did these problems not translate into more open violence during 1798 itself? This study answers this crucial questions, central to understanding the history of the 1798 rising a local level.
Ciaran Reilly, Edenderry 1820-1920: Popular politics and Downshire rule (Nonsuch publishing, Dublin, 2007)
The north east Offaly market town of Edenderry is examined in this study by Edenderry native, Ciaran Reilly. The author reconstructs one hundred years of the towns history, charting Edenderry from before the famine, through the Home Rule crisis and the emergence of nationalism, culminating in the break up of the Downshire estate after the War of Independence and Civil War. Edenderry's involvement in WW1, the role of Edenderry in the War of Independence are recorded for the first time in one volume. 'Edenderry 1820-1920: Popular Politics and Downshire Rule' will provide a long-awaited history of Edenderry and also help to dispel many long held local myths.