Louisburgh, in the far west of County Mayo, is the 200 year old market town of the ancient parish of Kilgeever.

This book traces its history to the 1960’s and describes the fortunes and miseries of an area caught up in the storm of 19th century Ireland.

Louisburgh: A History will be read, not just by natives of the Baronry of Murrisk, but by people everywhere who are interested in the rural development of the West in the 19th century.

It is a history of landlordism, of hungry multitudes, of great pastors, of hope and despair.

This book carries the history of Mayo life as it existed to the west of Croagh Patrick, and it follows the lives and the politics of a people who never despaired.