Spiritual WoundsÂ challengesÂ the widespread belief that theÂ contentious events of the Irish CivilÂ War (1922-23) were covered in aÂ total blanket of silence. The bookÂ uncovers an archive of publishedÂ testimonies by pro- and antitreatyÂ men and women, written in both English and Irish. Most ofÂ the testimonies discussed wereÂ produced in the 1920s and 1930s, andÂ nearly all have been overlooked inÂ historical study to date.
Revolutionaries went to great lengths to testifyÂ to the ‘spiritual wounds’ of civil war:Â they adopted fictionalised disguises,Â located their writings in other placesÂ or periods of time, and found shelterÂ behind pen names. This wealth ofÂ published testimony reveals thatÂ the silence of the Irish Civil War wasÂ not necessarily a result of revolutionaries’Â inability to speak, but rather reflectsÂ the unwillingness of official memoryÂ makers to listen to the stories of civilÂ war veterans.