From THE Donegal Democrat

9 September 17

Red Sky Books revisits O'Donnell's works

 A new Rosses-based publishing venture based in the Rosses has set out to revive the written works of social activist, human rights campaigner and writer Peadar O'Donnell, of Meenmore.

 On behalf of Red Sky Books, Peadar's closest friend and political associate, Donal Donnelly, launched the first of these volumes, There Will Be Another Day, at a conference at the (Islands on the Edge) conference on Arranmore on Saturday.

 First published  back in 1963, the book tells the story of the nationwide land struggle that was ignited by an after-mass speech Peadar delivered from the wall of St Peter's Church in Dungloe  - now Ionad Teampall Chróine.

Land annuities were imposed by the British Government on Irish farmers to compensate the old Anglo-Irish landowners - and in 1926 came moves to collect a huge backlog of debt that had built up since the War of Independence. 

 The struggle continued for six years, with Donegal in the frontline of the conflict that pitted  bailiffs, backed by the the state, against isolated farming communities. 

There  Will Be Another Day is a memoir of these times written by the leading organiserof the movement.

"I first read this book as young man - and re-reading it more than half a century later still sends the blood surging through my veins," Donal said.

"Peadar brings  back to life some of the dramatic incidents and colourful characters at the heart of the action in Donegal," he said, adding it gives "an insight into the tactical acumen of one of our greatest political thinkers." 

Donal's introduction to the book moving introduction to the book pays tribute to the life and exploits of his old friend and comrade while providing us with a glimpse of the warm and generous man underneath the famous public figure.  

 Peadar, founding editor of the literary magazine The Bell, wrote seven novels, three non-fiction books and a play, and was acclaimed by literary critics in Dublin, London and New York. Red Sky Books hopes to publish most of his key works over the next few years.