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Sinn Féin and the Politics of Left Republicanism

Roy Johnston reviews Sinn Féin and the Politics of Left Republicanism Eoin Ó Broin, published by Pluto Press

2009-09-08 14:43:20
The Fenian Problem

Roy Johnston reviews The Fenian Problem:insurgency and terrorism in a liberal state by Brian Jenkins and published Liverpool University Press

2009-09-08 14:24:54
Birth of the Fenian Movement: James Stephens' American diary

Peter Berresford Ellis and Roy Johnston review The Birth of the Fenian Movement: American diary, Brooklyn 1859 by James Stephens, edited by Marta Ramón, UCD Pressmovement

2009-08-31 22:23:43
Propaganda as Anti-history

Ruaírí Ó Domhnaill reviews Propaganda as Anti-History: Peter Hart’s The IRA and its Enemies by Owen Sheridan (introduction by Jack Lane), published by the Aubane Historical Society

2009-08-31 22:01:12
Thomas Kettle (Life and Times)

Sally Richardson reviews Thomas Kettle by Senia Paseta (Life and Times New Series), published by UCD Press in association with the Historical Association of Ireland

2009-08-31 20:21:45
The Poems of Geoffrey O'Donoghue

Michael O'Sullivan reviews Danta Sheafraidh Ui Dhonnchadha an Ghleanna (The Poems of Geoffrey O’Donoghue) with Ireland’s War Poets 1641-1653 by John Minahane, Aubane Historical Society

2009-08-31 20:09:30
Fergus O'Connor: a political life

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews Feargus O’Connor: a political life by Paul A. Pickering, published the Merlin Press in its Chartist Studies series

2009-08-31 20:01:14

Ruaírí Ó Domhnaill reviews Coolacrease: the true story of the Pearson executions in the Irish War of Independence by Paddy Heaney, Pat Muldowney, Philip O’Connor et al., published by the Aubane Historical Society

2009-08-31 19:44:18
The Wit of Oscar Wilde

Sally Richardson reviews The Wit of Oscar Wilde, compiled and edited by Seán McCann and published by the O’Brien Press,

2009-08-31 19:36:38
The T&G Story 1922-2007

David Granville reviews The T&G Story: a history of the Transport and General Workers Union 1922-2007 by Andrew Murray, published by Lawrence and Wishart

2009-06-03 09:49:43
Dominican Education in Ireland 1820-1930

Michael O'Sullivan reviews Dominican Education in Ireland 1820-1930 by Máire M Kealy OP and published by Irish Academic Press

2009-06-03 09:25:17
The Irish Famine

David Granville reviews O'Brien Pocket History of The Irish Famine by Ruán O'Donnell, published by The O'Brien Press, Robert Emmet, 1798 Rebellion

2009-06-02 11:42:42
Reviews in Brief

David Granville reviews Derry Memoirs by Phil Cunningham (Guildhall Press; 50 Things You Didn't Know About 1916 by Mick O'Farrell (Mercier Press)and Great Irish Heroes by Sean McMahon (Mercier Press)

2009-06-02 11:14:08
Troubled History

Ruaírí Ó Domhnaill reviews Troubled History: a 10th anniversary critique of Peter Hart’s ‘The IRA and its Enemies’ by Brian P. Murphy and Niall Meehan with an introduction by Ruan O’Donnell, published by the Aubane Historical Society

2009-05-17 15:54:48
Lest we forget: the Fighting Irish and the Great War

Ruaírí Ó Domhnaill reviews Lest We Forget: the Fighting Irish and the Great War by Brendan Clifford, Aubane Historical Society

2009-05-13 17:33:10
Light, Freedom and Song

Michael O'Sullivan reviews Light, Freedom and Song: a cultural history of modern Irish writing by David Pierce, published Yale University Press

2009-04-29 18:29:50
West Kerry and The Last Rightboy

Michael O'Sullivan reviews West Kerry and The Last Rightboy, two Plays by Jim Lucason, published by Beag Moinear Press

2009-04-29 15:28:58
God's Executioner

Michael O'Sullivan reviews God's Executioner: Oliver Cromwell and the conquest of Ireland by Micheal O’Siochru, published by Faber & Faber,

2009-04-29 15:15:18
The People's Gallery

Fionnbarra O'Dochartaigh reviews a new book featuring the work of ‘The Bogside Artists’: Tom Kelly, Kevin Hasson and William Kelly

2009-04-22 10:48:38
In Search of Ireland's Heroes

Ruaírí Ó Domhnaill reviews In search of Ireland’s Heroes: the story of the Irish from the Norman invasion to the present day by Carmel McCaffrey, published in the United States by Ivan R. Dee

2009-04-19 12:33:48
1916: The Long Revolution

Ruaírí Ó Domhnaill reviews 1916 – The Long Revolution. by G. Doherty and D. Keogh (eds), published by Mercier Press

2009-03-12 09:28:52
The Bombs and the Bullets: a history of deadly ingenuity

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews IRA – The Bombs and the Bullets: a history of deadly ingenuity by A.R. Oppenheimer, foreword by Richard English, published by Irish Academic Press

2009-03-12 08:47:11
After The Wake

Michael O'Sullivan reviews Brendan Behan: after the wake, edited by Peter Fallon, published by The O’Brien Press

2009-02-01 08:13:17
Special Criminal Court 1922 - 2006

Michael O'Sullivan reviews The History and Development of the Special Criminal Court 1922-2005 by Fergal Francis Davis, published by Four Courts Press,

2009-02-01 07:48:17
The Evolution of the Troubles

Roy Johnston reviews The Evolution of the Troubles 1970-72 by Thomas Hennessey, published by Irish Academic Press

2009-01-23 12:01:32
Framing the West

Peter Mulligan reviews Framing the West: images of rural Ireland 1891-1920, Ciara Breathnach (ed.), foreword by Cormac Ó Gráda, published Irish Academic Press

2009-01-23 11:05:48
High Noon on High Street

Cathleen Knowles McGuirk reviews High Noon on High Street by Stephen Coyle, published by Clydeside Press

2009-01-23 10:57:26
Redmond: the Parnellite

Ruaírí Ó Domhnaill reviews Redmond: the Parnellite by Dermot Meleady, published Cork University Press

2008-12-15 23:18:35
Wars of Words: the politics of language in Ireland 1537-2004

Ruaírí Ó Domhnaill reviews Wars of Words: the politics of language in Ireland 1537-2004 by Tony Crowley and published Oxford University Press

2008-12-10 17:42:40
Female Education in Ireland, 1700-1900

Sally Richardson reviews Female Education in Ireland 1700-1900 by Deirdre Raftery and Susan M Parkes and published by Irish Academic Press

2008-12-10 06:18:36
Letters of Bernard Shaw to the Times

Sally Richardson reviews The Letters of Bernard Shaw to the Times, collected and annotated by Ronald Ford with a foreword by Michel W Pharand and published by Irish Academic Press

2008-12-10 06:05:25
The Quest For Modern Ireland

Roy Johnston reviews The Quest for Modern Ireland: the battle of ideas 1912-1986 by Bryan Fanning and published by Irish Academic Press

2008-12-09 11:36:33
Ireland Since 1939

Roy Johnston reviews Ireland since 1939: the persistence of conflict by Henry Patterson and published by Penguin

2008-12-09 11:07:15
The Irish-American in Popular Culture 1945-2000

Michael O'Sullivan reviews The Irish-American in Popular Culture 1945-2000 by Stephanie Rains and published by Irish Academic Press

2008-12-09 10:58:35
Sean Treacy And The Tan War

Michael O'Sullivan Sean Tracy And The Tan War by Joe Ambrose and published by Mercier Press

2008-09-23 10:37:07
The Life And Times Of Edward Martyn

Michael O'Sullivan reviews The Life And Times Of Edward Martyn: an aristocratic bohemian by Madeline Humphreys and published Irish Academic Press

2008-09-23 10:05:04
Rising Out: Sean Connolly of Longford

Michael O'Sullivan reviews Rising Out: Sean Connolly of Longford (1890-1921) by Ernie O’Malley, edited by Cormac O'Malley and published by UCD Press in their Classics of Irish History series

2008-09-23 09:49:06
The Blame Game

Roy Johnston reviews The Blame Game: rethinking Ireland's sustainable development and environmental performance by Brendan Flynn, published Irish Academic Press

2008-09-02 13:05:15
The Impact Of The 1916 Rising

Ken Keable reviews The Impact Of The 1916 Rising Among the Nations edited by Ruán O’Donnell and published by Irish Academic Press

2008-09-02 12:38:37
Northern Ireland's '68

David Granville reviews Northern Ireland's '68: civil rights, global revolt and the origins of The Troubles by Simon Prince and published by Irish Academic Press

2008-08-27 14:24:01
Blood On The Streets

David Granville reviews Blood On The Streets: the battle of Mount Street Bridge by Paul O’Brien, published Mercier Press

2008-08-22 11:11:16
Roddy Connolly And The Struggle For Socialism

Adrian Grant reviews Roddy Connolly And The Struggle For Socialism in Ireland by Charlie McGuire, published by Cork University Press

2008-08-01 16:58:01
Intervening In Northern Ireland

Roy Johnston reviews Intervening In Northern Ireland: critically re-thinking representations of the conflict, John Barry and Marysia Zalewski (eds), published by Routledge

2008-08-01 16:50:35
Great Hatred, Little Room

Tom Griffin reviews Great Hatred, Little Room: making Peace in Northern Ireland by Jonathan Powell, published by Bodley Head

2008-07-04 10:45:04
Left To The Wolves: Irish victims of Stalinist terror

Fintan Lane reviews Left To The Wolves: Irish Victims of Stalinist terror by Barry McLoughlin, published by Irish Academic Press

2008-04-21 17:48:19
Gerry Fitt: political chameleon

David Granville reviews Gerry Fitt: a political chameleon by Michael A. Murphy (foreword by Tim Pat Coogan), published by Mercier Press

2008-03-27 14:41:08
Queen's Rebels: Ulster loyalism in historical perspective

Ruaírí Ó Domhnaíll reviews Queen’s Rebels: Ulster loyalism in historical perspective by David W. Miller, published by UCD Press,

2008-03-07 17:22:50
The Origin Of The Troubles

Roy Johnston reviews Northern Ireland: the Origin of the Troubles by Thomas Hennessey and published by Gill Macmillan

2008-02-12 12:13:53
Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson

Ruaírí Ó Domhnaill reviews Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson: a political soldier by Keith Jeffery, published by Oxford University Press

2008-02-04 14:02:51
Ireland And The Cold War

Joe Jamison reviews Ireland And The Cold War: diplomacy and recognition, 1949-63 by Paula A. Wylie and published Irish Academic Press

2008-02-04 13:14:04
Irish Republicanism In Scotland 1858-1916

Stephen Coyle reviews Irish Republicanism In Scotland 1858-1916: Fenians in exile by Mairtin Sean O’Cathain, published by Irish Academic Press

2008-01-09 11:10:06
The Irish Conservative Party

Michael O'Sullivan reviews The Irish Conservative Party 1852-1868: land, politics and religion by Andrew Shields, published by Irish Academic Press

2007-11-13 13:07:46
A Provisional Dictator: James Stevens

Michael O'Sullivan reviews A Provisional Dictator: James Stephens and the Fenian movement by Marta Ramon, published by UCD Press,

2007-11-13 12:59:35
Enemies Of Empire

Michael O'Sullivan reviews Enemies of Empire: new perspectives on imperialism, literature and historiography, Eoin Flannery and Angus Mitchell (eds), published by Four Courts Press

2007-07-26 14:07:53
The Northern IRA

Fintan Lane reviews The Northern IRA and the Early Years of Partition, 1920–1922, Irish Academic Press by Robert Lynch, published by Irish Academic Press

2007-07-21 11:55:51
The Meaning Of Life

Ruaírí Ó Domhnaill reviews The Meaning of Life by Terry Eagleton, published by Oxford University Press

2007-07-21 11:41:56
Reviews in Brief

Ruán O'Donnell reviews The Irish Army in the Congo, 1960-1964, The Far Battalions by David O'Donoughue, published by Irish Academic Press, and Broken Rails: crashes and sabotage on Irish railways by Brian Mac Aongusa, published by Currach Press

2007-07-20 14:15:30
Essay on Irish Bulls

Michael O'Sullivan reviews An Essay on Irish Bulls by Maria Edgeworth, Jane Desmarais and Marilyn Butler (eds), published by UCD Press in its Classics of Irish History series

2007-07-20 13:00:23
Intelligence, Statecraft and International Power

Roy Johnston reviews Intelligence, Statecraft and International Power, Eunan O'Halpin, Robert Armstrong and Jane Ohlmeyer (eds), published by Irish Academic Press

2007-07-20 12:42:10
Ireland's Great Famine

Michael O'Sullivan reviews Ireland's Great Famine: interdisciplinary perspectives by Cormac O Grada, published by UCD Press,

2007-07-20 12:16:43
Irish Women Religious

Ruaírí Ó Domhnaill reviews Made Holy: Irish Women Religious at home and abroad. Yvonne McKenna, Irish Academic Press

2007-07-20 11:58:10
Seán O’Hegarty biography

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews Seán O’Hegarty: O/C First Cork Brigade, Irish Republican Army by Kevin Girvin Aubane Historical Society

2007-07-20 11:40:54
Hunger Strike, reflections

David Granville reviews Hunger Strike, reflections on the 1981 hunger strike, Danny Morrison (ed.), published by Brandon

2007-05-19 18:46:25
Equality, The Unfinished Agenda

Joe Jamison reviews Equality in Northern Ireland: the Rhetoric and the Reality, Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ)

2007-04-25 22:37:03
The IRA and Armed Struggle

Sean Carey reviews The IRA and Armed Struggle by Rogelio Alonso, Routledge

2007-04-25 22:05:49
Women of the Dáil:

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews Women of the Dáil: Gender, Republicanism and the Anglo-Irish Treaty by Jason Knirck, foreword by Maria Luddy, Irish Academic Press

2007-04-25 16:37:48
The Open Secret of Ireland

Ian Mc Keane reviews The Open Secret of Ireland by Thomas Kettle (new introduction by Senia Pašeta), UCD Press Classics of Irish History series

2007-04-25 16:19:35
Galway and the Great War

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews Galway and the Great War by William Henry, Mercier Press

2007-04-25 16:09:26
Irish Flames

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews Irish Flames: Peter Waller’s true story of the arrival of the Black and Tans by John Waller, Yiannis Books

2007-04-25 12:04:48
The Ivy Leaf: the Parnells remembered

Michael O'Sullivan reviews The Ivy Leaf: the Parnells remembered by Donal McCartney and Pauric Travers, UCD Press

2007-04-25 11:59:19
Souvenirs of Irish Footprints Over Europe

Ian McKeane reviews Souvenirs of Irish Footprints Over Europe by Eugene Davis (edited and with an introduction by Owen McGee), UCD Press

2007-04-25 11:50:59
Fron-Goch and the birth of the IRA

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews Fron-Goch and the birth of the IRA by Lyn Ebenezer, Gwas Carreg Gwalch

2007-04-25 11:43:03
Dublin Then and Now

Sally Richardson reviews Dublin Then and Now by Louise Jefferson (foreword by Robert Ballagh), Brehon Press

2007-04-20 12:42:47
Who Stole Our Game: the fall and fall of Irish soccer

Gerry Kelly reviews Who Stole Our Game: the fall and fall of Irish soccer by Daire Whelan and published by Gill & Macmillan

2007-03-27 15:08:34
Civilizing Ireland: Ordnannce Survey 1824-1842

Roy Johnston reviews Civilizing Ireland: Ordnannce Survey 1824-1842, ethnography, cartography, translation by Stiofain O Cadhla and published by Irish Academic Press

2007-03-27 14:22:06
Irish Studies Review (Vol.15, number 1)

Roy Johnston reviews the latest issue of the Irish Studies Review

2007-03-27 14:02:58
Censorship in the two Irelands

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews Censorship in the Two Irelands, 1922-1939 by Peter Martin (foreword by Diarmaid Ferriter) and published by Irish Academic Press

2007-03-13 14:12:19
Eddie's Own Aquarius

Peter Mulligan reviews Eddie's Own Aquarius – a special edition of the well-respeted literary journal

edited for over 35 years by Irishman Eddie Linden
2007-03-13 13:54:05
Irish Freedom

David Granville reviews Irish Freedom: the history of nationalism in Ireland by Richard English, Macmillan

2007-03-13 13:42:47
Mac Curtain Family Memoir

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews Remember it's For Ireland: a family memoir of Tomas Mac Curtain by Fionnula Mac Curtain, Mercier Press

2007-03-13 13:01:28
Irish Times Book of the 1916 Rising

Declan O'Brien reviews The Irish Time Book of the 1916 Rising by Shane Hegarty and Fintan O'Toole, Gill and Macmillan, ISBN13:978-07171-4191-3

2007-03-13 12:18:20
The Philosophy of Irish Ireland

Ruaírí Ó Domhnaill reviews The Philosophy of Irish Ireland by D P Moran (ed. Patrick Maume), UCD Press Classics of Irish History series

2007-03-13 12:07:49
The Burning of Cork

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews The Burning of Cork


Gerry White and Brendan O’Shea Mercier Press

2007-03-13 11:50:14
Ireland and India

Avtar Sadiq reviews Ireland and India: colonies, culture and empire, Tadhg Foley and Maureen O'Connor (eds) published by Irish Academic Press. The book includes a foreword by Saurabh Kumar

2007-02-27 14:55:43
Handloom Weavers in Ulster’s Linen Industry

Dorothy Calvert reviews Handloom Weavers in Ulster’s Linen Industry, 1815-1914, by Kevin J. James, Four Courts Press

2007-02-15 18:31:31
Landlords, Tenants, Famine

Michael O'Sullivan reviews Landlords, Tenants, Famine: the business of an Irish agency in the 1840s by Desmond Norton, UCD Press

2007-02-13 10:52:24
Edmund Burke's Irish Identities

Michael O'Sullivan reviews Edmund Burke's Irish Identities, Sean Patrick Donlan (ed), Irish Academic Press

2007-02-13 10:38:08
The Sage of Science

Roy Johnston reviews

J D Bernal: The Sage of Science, by Andrew Brown, Oxford University Press,
2007-01-30 21:58:24
Kathleen Lynn: Irishwomen, patriot, doctor

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews

Kathleen Lynn: Irishwomen, patriot, doctor


Margaret Ó hÓgartaigh Irish Academic Press

2007-01-30 21:47:47
Spies, Informers and the 'Anti-Sinn Fein Society'

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews Spies, Informers and the ‘Anti-Sinn Féin Society’: The Intelligence War in Cork City 1920-1921 by John Borgonovo, foreword by Eunan O’Halpin, Irish Academic Press

2007-01-29 13:24:36
Michael Collins and the Treaty

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews ‘I Signed My Death Warrant’: Michael Collins and The Treaty by T. Ryle Dwyer, Mercier Press

2007-01-29 13:04:32
Dan Breen and the IRA

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews Dan Breen and the IRA by Joe Ambrose, Mercier Press

2007-01-29 12:50:19
Killing Finucane

Ken Keable reviews Killing Finucane – murder in defence of the realm by Justin O’Brien, Gill & MacMillan

2007-01-29 12:33:45
Irish Studies Review (14/2&3)

Roy Johnston reviews Irish Studies Review, Vol 14, nos 2 and 3; Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group)

2006-12-29 18:14:15
Acting Irish in Hollywood

Michael O'Sullivan reviews Acting Irish in Hollywood: from Fitzgerald to Farrell by Ruth Barton published by Irish Academic Press

2006-12-29 10:58:25
The Young Rebels

Michael O'Sullivan reviews The Young Rebels by Morgan Llywelyn, O'Brien Pres

2006-12-29 10:40:29
The Politics of Northern Ireland

Ken Keable reviews The Politics of Northern Ireland: beyond the Belfast Agreement by Arthur Aughey, Routledge

2006-11-23 15:49:05
Ireland and the Global Question

Joe Jamison reviews Ireland and the Global Question by Michael J. O’Sullivan, Cork University Press

2006-11-23 15:26:03
Founded on Fear

Ian McKeane reviews Founded on Fear by Peter Tyrrell (Diarmuid Whelan ed.), Irish Academic Press

2006-11-23 13:55:05
Cork Through European Eyes

Ian McKeane reviews As Others Saw Us: Cork through European Eyes, Joachim Fischer and Grace Neville (eds), Collins Press

2006-11-23 13:22:49
The Lady Next Door

Ruaírí Ó Domhnaill reviews The Lady Next Door by Harold Begbie, UCD Press, Classics of Irish History

2006-11-23 12:44:16
Con Cremin: Ireland's wartime diplomat

Roy Johnston reviews Con Cremin: Ireland's wartime diplomat by Niall Keogh, Mercier Press

2006-11-21 16:14:21
MacBride: 'Irish Statesman and Revolutionary'

Roy Johnston reviews An Irish Statesman and Revolutionary: the nationalist and internationalist politics of Sean MacBride by Elizabeth Keane, I B Tauris

2006-11-21 15:23:00
Michael Collins and the Women Who Spied for Ireland

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews Michael Collins and the Women Who Spied for Ireland by Meda Ryan, Mercier Press

2006-11-21 15:02:19
The Phoenix Park Murders

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews The Phoenix Park Murders: conspiracy, betrayal and retribution by Senan Molony, Mercier Press

2006-11-21 14:49:15
Emergency Law in Independent Ireland

Ruaírí Ó Domhnaill reviews Emergency Law in Independent Ireand 1922-1948 by Seosamh Ó Longaigh. Four Courts Press

2006-11-21 14:29:01
Nothing But An Unfinished Song

Michael O'Sullivan reviews Nothing But An Unfinished Song by Denis O’ Hearn, Pluto Press

2006-11-21 13:54:03
A Biographical Dictionary of Cork

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews A Biographical Dictionary of Cork, Tim Cadogan and Jeremiah Falvey (eds), Four Courts Press

2006-11-21 13:34:53
Century of Endeavour

Ruán O'Donnell reviews Century of Endeavour, a biographical and autobiographical view of the twentieth century in Ireland by Roy H.W. Johnston, Tyndall Publications/The Lilliput Press

2006-09-12 11:57:45
Women and Unionism in Northern Ireland

Ruaírí Ó Dohmnaill reviews Women, Unionism and Loyalism in Northern Ireland; from ‘tea-makers’ to political actors by Rachel Ward, Irish Academic Press

2006-09-12 11:39:35
Bob Doyle: Brigadista

Ken Keable and Robert Griffiths review Brigadista – an Irishman’s fight against fascism by Bob Doyle, Currach Press

2006-09-08 16:50:30
Directory of Historic Locations

David Granville reviews Where's Where in Dublin: a directory of historic locations 1913-23 by Joseph E. A. Connell Jnr, Four Courts Press and Dublin City Council

2006-09-08 15:06:23
Róisín Bán

Declan O'Brien reviews Róisín Bán: the Irish in Leeds by Corinne Silva (foreward by Dermot Bolger, introduction Brendan McGowan), Leeds Irish Health and Homes

2006-09-08 14:35:07
Staging the Easter Rising

Sally Richardson reviews Staging the Easter Rising: 1916 as theatre by James Moran, Cork University Press

2006-07-13 14:59:48
British propaganda in Ireland 1920

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews The Origins and Organisation of British Propaganda in Ireland 1920 by Brian P Murphy, Aubane Historical Society, Cork, and Spinwatch, H B C Pollard,

2006-07-05 17:14:58
Rebel Ireland

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews Rebel Ireland: from Easter Rising to Civil war by Sean McMahon, Mercier Press

2006-07-03 18:13:22
Maria Edgeworth: women, enlightenment and nation

Sally Richardson reviews Maria Edgeworth: women, enlightenment and nation by Cliona O Gallchoir, UCD Press

2006-07-03 18:00:54
The O'Donoghues' War of Independence

Florence and Josephine O'Donoghue's War of Independence: a destiny that shapes our ends, John Borgonovo (ed), foreword, J.J. Lee, Irish Academic Press

2006-07-03 17:49:07
Sinn Fein and the SDLP: from alienation to participation

John Corcoran reviews Sinn Fein and the SDLP: from alienation to participation by Gerard Murray and Jon Tonge, Hurst & Co

2006-07-03 17:39:40
The GPO and the Easter Rising

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews The GPO and the Easter Rising by Keith Jeffrey, Irish Academic Press

2006-07-03 17:31:50
Supreme Sacrifice: the story of Eamonn Ceannt 1881-1916

Michael O'Sullivan reviews Supreme Sacrifice: the story of Eamonn Ceannt 1881-1916 by William Henry, Mercier Press

2006-07-03 16:27:07
Grattan's Failure

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews

Grattan's Failure: Parliamentary Opposition and the People in Ireland 1779-1800 by Danny Mansergh (foreword by Thomas Bartlett), Irish Academic Press

2006-07-03 16:04:29
40 Years of Controversy

Shayla Warmsley reviews Haughey’s 40 years of controversy by T Ryle Dwyer, Mercier Press

2006-07-03 15:55:57
James Connolly: a full life

Anthony Coughlan reviews James Connolly, A Full Life by Donal Nevin, Gill and Macmillan

2006-04-06 08:23:22
Easter 1916

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews Easter 1916: the Irish Rebellion by Charles Townshend, Penguin

2006-04-06 08:11:09
James Connolly Re-assessed

Anthony Coughlan reviews James Conolly Re-assessed by Manus O'Riordan, Aubane Historical Society, Millstreet, Co Cork

2006-04-05 12:50:53
That Day's Struggle: a memoir

Roy Johnston reviews That Day's Struggle: a memoir 1904 – 1951, by Sean MacBride; ed Caitriona Lalor, Currach Press

2006-04-05 12:31:19
Eoin O’Duffy: a self-made hero

Fintan Lane reviews Eoin O’Duffy: a self-made hero by Fearghal McGarry, Oxford University Press

2006-04-05 12:12:44
Local History since 1945

Sally Richardson reviews Local History since 1945: England, Wales and Ireland by Lionel Munby, D Huw Owen and James Scannell, Socialist History Society Occasional Paper No 21

2006-04-05 11:56:20
The Origins of the Troubles

Michael McCann reviews Northern Ireland: the origins of the Troubles by Thomas Hennessey, Gill and Macmillan

2006-04-05 11:50:24
The Beginning of the End

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews The Beginning of the End: the crippling disadvantage of a happy Irish childhood by Walter Ellis, Mainstream Publishing,

2006-04-05 11:37:41
My Struggle For Life

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews My Struggle for Life by Joseph Keating, University College Dublin Press, Classics of Irish History series

2006-04-05 10:52:26
The Great Deception

Anthony Coughlan reviews The Great Deception: can the European Union survive? by Christopher Booker and Richard North, Continuum Publishers

2006-02-17 10:34:38
Radical Politics in Modern Ireland

Fintan Lane and Joe Jamison review Radical Politics in Modern Ireland: the Irish Socialist Republican Party 1896–1904 by David Lynch, Irish Academic Press

2006-02-17 09:54:39
1916 Easter Rising in print

As we approach the 90th anniversary of the Easter Rising, Four Provinces manager Sally Richardson provides readers with a selection of recently published or reissued titles dealing with the event

2006-02-09 11:30:33
Through American and Irish Wars

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews Through American and Irish Wars: The Life and Times of General Thomas W. Sweeny 1820-1892, Jack Morgan (foreword by Ruán O'Donnell), Irish Academic Press

2006-02-09 10:47:03
Irishmen in War 1800-2000

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews Irishmen in War 1800-2000: Essays from The Irish Sword Volume II, Introduction by Harman Murtagh, Fore Keith Jeffery, Irish Academic Press

2006-02-09 10:26:35
The Last Conquest of Ireland (Perhaps)

Gerard Curran reviews The Last Conquest of Ireland (Perhaps) by John Mitchel, introduced by Patrick Maume, UCD Press, Classics of Irish History series

2006-02-07 12:43:15
A Noontide Blazing

Sally Richardson reviews A Noontide Blazing: Brigid Lyons Thornton – rebel, soldier, doctor by John Cowell, Currach Press

2006-02-07 12:05:01
What Lies Beneath

Sally Richardson reviews What Lies Beneath: women and their underwear by Helen Murray, Mercier Press

2006-02-07 11:16:17
A Dictionary of Hiberno-English (revised & expanded edition)

Sally Richardson reviews A Dictionary of Hiberno-English, compiled and edited by Patrick Dolan, Gill And Macmillan,

2006-02-07 10:39:02
The Republic: issue 4

Sally Richardson reviews The Republic, issue 4: Culture in the Republic (part 2), Finbar Cullen and Aengus Ó Snodaigh, (eds), Ireland Institute

2006-01-10 16:43:51
Problems and Perspectives in Irish History

John Murphy reviews Problems and Perspectives in Irish History since 1800, George Boyce and Roger Swift (eds), Four Courts Press

2006-01-10 16:13:42
In Green and Red: the lives of Frank Ryan

Ruairi O'Donnell reviews In Green and Red: the lives of Frank Ryan, Adrian Hoar, Brandon

2006-01-10 14:37:24
Women and Public Policy in Ireland

John Murphy reviews Women and Public Policy in Ireland: a documentary history, 1922-1997 by Richard B Finnegan and James L Wiles, Irish Academic Press, ISBN 0-7165-2778 2, €50 hbk

2006-01-10 14:19:03
Renovation or Revolution

John Murphy reviews Renovation or Revolution: new territorial politics in Ireland and the United Kingdom, John Coakley, Brigid Laffan and Jennifer Todd (eds), University College Dublin Press

2006-01-10 13:58:25
Baptised in Blood

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews Baptised in Blood: the formation of the Cork Brigade of the Irish Volunteers 1913-1916 by Gerry White and Brendan O'Shea, Mercier Press

2006-01-10 12:59:32
Famine in Cork

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews Famine in Cork City by Michelle O’Mahony, Mercier Press

2006-01-10 12:41:51
Preventing the Future

Anthony Coughlan reviews Preventing the Future: why was Ireland so poor for so long? by Tom Garvin, Gill and Macmillan

2006-01-10 11:46:19
Ireland and the European Union

John Murphy reviews Ireland and the European Union: Nice, enlargement and the future of Europe, Michael Holmes (ed), Manchester University Press

2006-01-10 11:24:30
Foreign Affectations: essays on Edmund Burke

Michael O'Sullivan reviews Foreign Affectations: essays on Edmund Burke, Seamus Deane (ed.), Critical Conditions/Field Day Essays, Cork University Press

2006-01-10 10:41:26
The Galtee Boy

Michael O'Sullivan reviews The Galtee Boy: a Fenian prison narrative by John Sarsfield Casey, Mairead Maume, Patrick Maume, Mary Casey (eds), UCD Classics of Irish History

2006-01-10 10:26:45
Your Fondest Annie

Michael O’Sullivan reviews Your Fondest Annie: letters from Annie O’Donnell to James P. Phelan 1901-1904, Maureen Murphy (ed), UCD Classics of Irish History

2006-01-10 10:04:39
Our Own Devices: national symbols and political conflict

Ian McKeane reviews Our Own Devices: national symbols and political conflict in Twentieth-Century Ireland by Ewan Morris, Irish Academic Press

2005-11-28 14:00:04
The Squad and the Intelligence Operations of Michael Collins

Ian McKeane reviews The Squad and the Intelligence Operations of Michael Collins, by T. Ryle Dwyer, Mercier Pres

2005-11-28 13:49:43
Press Delete

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews Press Delete: the decline and fall of the Irish Press, by Ray Burke, Currach Press

2005-11-28 12:36:50
Documenting Irish Feminisms

Sally Richardson reviews Documenting Irish Feminisms: the second wave by Linda Connolly and Tina O'Toole, Woodfield Press

2005-11-28 12:23:59
Ireland and the Palestinian Question

Steve Andrew reviews Ireland and the PAlestinian Question 1948-2005 by Rory Millar, Irish Academic Press

2005-11-28 12:10:27
Reminiscences of Daniel O'Connell

Gerard Curran reviews Reminiscences of Daniel O'Connell by William Cooke Taylor, University College Dublin Press (Classics of Irish History)

2005-09-16 11:58:54
Differently Irish: 25 years of Vietnamese-Irish identity

Sally Richardson reviews Differently Irish: a cultural history exploring 25 years of Vietrnamese-Irish identity by Mark Maguire, Woodfield Press

2005-08-19 12:24:15
Rebuilding the Celtic Languages

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews Rebuilding the Celtic Languages – reversing language shift in the Celtic countries by Diarmuid Ó Néill, Lolfa

2005-08-19 12:12:45
Sinking of the Kenbane Head

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews The Sinking of The Kenbane Head by Sam McAughtry, Blackstaff Press

2005-07-28 13:10:46
'The Irish Zorro'

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews `The Irish Zorro': The extraordinary adventures of William Lamport (1615-1659), Gerard Ronan, Brandon

2005-07-28 12:46:38
Pocket History of Irish Writers

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews O'Brien Pocket History of Irish Writers from Swift to Heaney, by A. Norman Jeffares, The O'Brien Press

2005-07-28 12:26:27
Dead Men Talking

John Corcoran reviews Dead Men Talking by Nicholas Davies, Mainstream Publishing

2005-07-26 11:34:30
A New Dictionary of Irish History

John Corcoran reviews A New Dictionary of Irish History from 1800, DJ Hickey and JE Doherty (eds), Gill and Macmillan

2005-06-15 21:48:49
Ireland, Russia and the Communist Internationals

Ian McKeane reviews Reds and the Green: Ireland, Russia and the Communist Internationals 1919-1943 by Emmet O’Connor, UCD Press

2005-06-13 19:33:48
Controversial Issues in Anglo-Irish Relations, 1910-21

Ian McKeane reviews Controversial Issues in Anglo-Irish relations 1910-1921 by Cornelius O’Leary and Patrick Maume, Four Courts Press

2005-06-13 11:08:55
Rebel City

Sally Richardson reviews Rebel City: Larkin, Connolly and Dublin by John Newsinger, Merlin Press

2005-05-17 12:36:40
Guide to the graves of Irish writers

Peter Mulligan reviews The End: an illustrated guide to the graves of Irish writers by Ray Bateson, Irish Graves Publications

2005-04-20 13:48:26
The Guardianship of Historical Records

Ruan O'Donnell reviews Irish Governments and the Guardianship of Historical Records, 1922-72 by Gerard O'Brien, Four Courts Press

2005-04-20 08:22:17
A University in Troubled Times

Shayla Warmsley reviews A University in Troubled Times: Queen's, Belfast, 1945–2000 by Leslie A Clarkson, Four Courts Press

2005-04-14 11:22:17
Green Against Green

Shayla Warmsley reviews Green against green: the Irish civil war by Michael Hopkinson Gill & MacMillan

2005-04-14 11:03:32
The Connolly Column

Ruan O'Donnell and John Corcoran review The Connolly Column, The story of the Irishmen who fought for the Spanish Republic, 1936-1939 by Michael O'Riordan, Warren & Pell

2005-04-11 13:00:58
The Real Chief: Liam Lynch

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews The Real Chief: Liam Lynch, Meda Ryan, Mercier Press, (new edition, 2005

2005-04-11 12:45:59
Himself Alone: David Trimble

Thomas Kenny reviews Himself Alone: David Trimble and the Ordeal of Unionism by Dean Godson, Harper Collins

2005-04-11 12:24:12
The Irish Ordnance Survey

Roy Johnston reviews The Irish Ordnance Survey: History, Culture and Memory by Gillian M Doherty, Four Courts Press

2005-03-14 13:09:48
Irish women and nationalism

Sally Richardson reviews Irish Women and Nationalism: soldiers, new women and wicked hags, Louise Ryan and Margaret Ward (eds), Irish Academic Press

2005-02-23 10:36:03

David Granville reviews Nell by Nell McCafferty, Penguin

2005-02-08 13:38:52
The Land for the People

Roy Johnston reviews The Land for the People: the land question in independent Ireland by Terence Dooley, UCD Press

2005-02-08 11:03:19
King in Exile: James II

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews King in Exile: James II – warrior, king and saint by John Callow, Sutton Publishing

2005-02-08 10:55:51
Kicking and Screaming

Ken Keable reviews Kicking and Screaming – dragging Ireland into the 21st century by Ivana Bacik, O’Brien Press

2005-02-08 10:51:13
Shadows: inside Northern Ireland's Special Branch

David Granville reviews Shadows: inside Northern Ireland'd Special Branch by Alan Barker, Mainstream Publishing,

2005-01-11 17:54:11
From Political Violence to Negotiated Settlement

Roy Johnston reviews From Political Violence to Negotiated Settlement, Maurice J Bric and John Coakley (eds), UCD Press

2005-01-06 14:58:22
Irish Volunteers for Spain

David Granville reviews Irish Volunteers for Spain – a short history of the Northern Irish volunteers who fought in defence of the republican government of Spain 1936-1939 by Raymond John Quinn, Belfast Cultural and Local History Group

2005-01-06 12:12:31
Rebel Columns/Choosing the Green

Pegeen O'Sullivan reviews Rebel Columns by Danny Morrison and Choosing the Green: second generation Irish and the cause of Ireland by Brian Dooley. Both books are published by Beyond the Pale

2005-01-06 12:07:08
Book reviews in brief

Book reviews in brief by David Granville: All Changed: 50 years of photographing Ireland (Colman Doyle and John Quinn, O'Brien Press); Gaelic Sports (Eamonn Sweeney, O'Brien Press); A Dictionary of Hiberno-English (compiled and edited by Terence Patrick Dolan, Gill&Macmillan); Talk Nation: the Irish on everything and anything (Aubrey Malone, Currach Press: Byrne's dictionary of Irish Local History (Joseph Byrne, Mercier Press)

2005-01-06 11:57:37
Thomas Edmondson and the Dublin Laundry

Sally Richardson reviews Thomas Edmondson and the Dublin Laundry: a Quaker businessman, 1837-1908 by Mona Hearn, Irish Academic Press

2005-01-06 11:46:35
Irish Women's History

Sally Richardson reviews Irish Women's History, Alan Hayes and Diane Urquhart (eds), Irish Academic Press

2005-01-06 11:43:36
Irish writing: an anthology in English, 1789-1939

Shayla Warmsley reviews Irish writing: an anthology of Irish literature in English, 1789—1939 ed by Stephen Regan, Oxford World Classic

2004-10-25 11:35:19
St Enda's and the Cult of Boyhood

Shayla Walmsley reviews Pearse’s Patriots: St Enda’s and the Cult of Boyhood by Elaine Sisson, Cork University Press

2004-10-25 11:27:17
Shadow of a Gunman/ Tricycle Theatre

Shayla Warmsley reviews The Shadow of a Gunman by Sean O'Casey – at the Tricycle Theatre, London

2004-10-25 11:23:04
Festschrift in honour of ATQ Stewart

Roy Johnston review From the United Irishmen to Twentieth Century Unionism, Sabine Wichert (ed), Four Courts Press

2004-10-06 09:45:43
Commemorating Ireland

Ruán O'Donnell reviews Commemorating Ireland, history, politics, culture, edited by Eberhard Bort , Irish Academic Press

2004-10-05 14:22:23
Essays in honour of Brian Farrell

Roy Johnston reviews Dissecting Irish Politics: Essays in Honour of Brian Farrell; eds Tom Garvin, Maurice Manning, Richard Sinnott; UCD Press

2004-10-02 12:05:16
New account of the Dublin/Monaghan bombings

Pegeen O'Sullivan reviews Two Little Boys by Edward O'Neill with Barry J White, Currach Press

2004-10-02 10:20:11
The Irish Council of Churches and its response to 'The Troubles'

Pegeen O'Sullivan reviews Conflict, Controversy and Co-operation: the Irish Council of Churches and ‘The Troubles’ 1968-72 by Norman W Taggart, Columba Press

2004-10-02 10:08:56
Ulster and Scotland

Roy Johnston reviews Ulster and Scotland 1600-2000: history, language and identity, William Kelly and John R Young (eds), Four Courts Press

2004-10-02 09:21:15
The serrated edge of Britain's dirty war

Paul Donovan reviews Stakeknife – Britain's secret agents in Ireland by Martin Ingram and Greg Harkin, O'Brien Press

2004-08-24 13:12:22
The uncrowned king of economy-class travel

David McCarthy reviews Ryanair: how a small airline conquered Europe by Siobahn Creaton, Aurum

2004-08-03 11:51:17
Expanding our understanding of Irish landlordism

Roy Johnston reviews Parnell and his Island by George Moore, introduced and edited by Carla King, UCD Press (Classics of Irish History series)

2004-07-27 19:14:54
De Valera and the 'Black Fifties'

Roy Johnston reviews De Valera's Ireland, ed Gabriel Doherty and Dermot Keogh, Mercier Press, and Ireland in the 1950s, ed Dermot Keogh, Finbar O'Shea and Carmel Quinlan, Cork University Press

2004-07-27 12:36:11
De Valera family memoir

Pegeen O’Sullivan reviews A Memoir by Terry de Valera, Currach Press

2004-07-26 15:52:54
Passage through the annals of Irish civilisation

Joe Jamison reviews Eyewitness to Irish History by Peter Berresford Ellis, John Wiley & Sons, 2004

2004-07-19 14:11:04
Soft focus portrait of loyalist terror gang

John Wilson reviews History of the UDA by Colin Crawford, Pluto Press

2004-07-08 14:50:26
Flawed Gonne

Sally Richardson reviews Maud Gonne’s Irish Nationalist Writings 1895-1946, Karen Steele (ed), Irish Academic Press

2004-07-08 14:16:50
Feeling the force of a conservative backlash

Sally Richardson reviews Truth, Power and Lies: Irish society and the case of the Kerry babies by Tom Inglis, UCD Press

2004-07-08 14:06:29
Warriors, wives and workers

Shayla Walmsley reviews Women in Ireland: A century of change by Myrtle Hill, The Blackstaff Press

2004-07-08 13:56:51
The fierce independence of 'Soda-bread' Sam

John Wilson reviews On the Outside Looking In: a memoir by Sam McAughtry, Blackstaff Press

2004-07-08 13:41:41
Dublin's finest

Shayla Walmsley reviews Oscar Wilde: a life in letters edited by Merlin Holland, Fourth Estate

2004-07-08 13:31:06
A big heart is not enough

Shayla Walmsley reviews From Jenin to Gaza: A short visit to a long conflict by Silvio Cerulli, Beyond the Pale Publications

2004-07-08 13:21:15
Britain's dirty colonial war in Ireland

David Granville reviews A Very British Jihad: collusion, conspiracy and cover up in Northern Ireland by Paul Larkin, Beyond the Pale Publications

2004-05-26 11:35:40
Primary sources point to longstanding plans for European superstate

Anthony Coughlan reviews The Great Deception: the secret history of the European Union, Continuum, June Press

2004-05-23 15:07:53
Book reviews in brief

Reviews in brief by David Granville: The Troubles (Brian Feeney, O'Brien Press); Irish Manchester (Alan Keegan, Sutton Publishing); A Terrible Beauty: an illustrated history of Irish battles (Martin Marix Evans and David Lyons, G&M); The Oxford Companion to Irish History (S J Connolly, ed, OUP); Public Transport: keep it public or lose it to private profit (CPI); Off The Rails: the story of ILDA (Brendan Ogle, Currach Press); Take a Break in Ireland: short breaks for native and visitor (Pat Preston, O'Brien Press)

2004-05-23 14:28:57
Reflections on motherhood in Ireland

Pegeen O’Sullivan reviews Motherhood in Ireland: creation and context, Patricia Kennedy (ed), Mercier Press

2004-05-23 14:05:53
Radical and revolutionary women

Sally Richardson reviews No Ordinary Women: Irish female activists in the revolutionary years 1900-1923 by Sinead McCoole, O’Brien Press

2004-05-23 13:59:09
'Foundation text' for Ulster unionism

Gerard Curran reviews The Repealer Repulsed by William McCombe, UCD Press

2004-05-23 13:32:23
Vivid independence-war memoir

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews Seán Moylan in his own words: His memoir of the Irish War of Independence, Aubane Historical Society, Cork

2004-05-23 13:24:59
Flourishing times for traditional Irish crafts

Peter Mulligan reviews Traditional Crafts of Ireland by David Shaw-Smith, Thames & Hudson; Draw Your Own Celtic Designs by David James with Vitor Gonzalez, David and Charles: and The Crafter’s Design Library: Celtic by Chris Down, David and Charles

2004-05-23 13:13:34
Reclaiming Dublin

Sally Richardson reviews Reinventing Modern Dublin: streetscape, iconography and the politics of identity by Yvonne Whelan, UCD Press

2004-05-23 12:47:59
In the service of the British crown

Pegeen O'Sullivan reviews The Royal Irish Constabulary by Thomas Fennell, UCD Press

2004-05-23 12:37:13
Passionate socialist and a true friend of Ireland

Sheena Clarke reviews Joan Maynard, passionate socialist by Kristine Mason O'Connor (foreword by Tony Benn), Politico's

2004-05-23 12:24:43
Studies of the transition to post-colonialism

Roy Johnston reviews Ireland and Postcolonial Theory, Clare Carroll and Patricia King (eds), University of Notre Dame Press

2004-05-22 14:50:07
New parameters set for Home Rule campaign

Ruaírí Ó Domhnaill reviews Home Rule: an Irish history 1800-2000 by Alvin Jackson, Weidenfeld & Nicolson

2004-05-22 14:21:44
Songs in the key of history

Gerard Curran reviews One Green Hill, Journeys through Irish Songs by John McLaughlin, Beyond the Pale

2004-05-22 13:47:30
Rebel who kept up the fight

Ruán O’Donnell reviews In Search of Michael Dwyer by Chris Lawlor, published by Chris Lawlor

2004-05-22 13:10:56
Sordid tales of Mad dogs and Billy boys

David Granville reviews Mad Dog: the rise and fall of Johnny Adair and ‘C Company’ by David Lister and Hugh Jordan and The Billy Boy: the life and death of LVF leader Billy Wright by Chris Anderson, Mainsteam Publishing

2004-04-01 22:01:57
A biography fit for a national hero

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews Tom Barry: Irish freedom fighter by Meda Ryan, Mercier Press

2004-04-01 21:45:58
The long view

Shayla Warmsley reviews Violence and Nationalist Politics in Derry City, 1920-1923 by Ronan Gallagher, Four Courts Press and Ireland: the union and its aftermath by Oliver MacDonagh, UCD Pres

2004-04-01 18:10:10
The true nature of republicanism, democracy & culture

Sally Richardson reviews The Republic: issue three: Culture in the Republic – part one, Finbar Cullen & Aengus O Snodaigh (eds), Ireland Institute

2004-04-01 18:05:51
Authoritative account of orangeism

Ruan O'Donnell reviews An Army with Banners: the real face of orangeism by William Brown, Beyond the Pale

2004-04-01 18:02:21
An Irish legacy of the Enlightenment

Ken Keable reviews The Legacy of History for Making Peace in Ireland by Martin Mansergh, Mercier Press

2004-04-01 17:58:23
A history of collusion, murder and deceit

David Granville reviews The Trigger Men by Martin Dillon, Mainstream Publishing

2004-02-01 14:14:28
A timely, comprehensive overview of the United Irish revolution

John Wilson reviews 1798; a bicentenary perspective, Thomas Bartlett, David Dickson, Daire Keogh and Kevin Whelan (eds)

2004-02-01 13:59:59
Republicanism's way forward, with one eye on the past

Ken Keable reviews Hope and History – Making Peace in Ireland, by Gerry Adams, Brandon

2004-02-01 13:52:13
Enlightened daughters of a revolutionary age

Pegeen O’ Sullivan reviews Rebel Daughters: Ireland in Conflict 1978 by Janet Todd, Viking

2004-02-01 13:35:59
Northern Ireland's writing on the wall

Pegeen O'Sullivan reviews Drawing Support 3: Murals and Transition in Northern Irleand by Bill Rolston, Beyond The Pale

2004-02-01 13:27:27
Illustrated history of Robert Emmet

David Granville reviews Ruan O’ Donnell’s Robert Emmet: images of the life and legacy

2004-02-01 13:18:34
Book reviews in brief

Reviews in brief by David Granville: A Timeline of Irish History (Richard Killeen,G&M); The Stones and other Stories (Daniel Corkery, Mercier Press); Harcourt Street Line: back on track (Brian Mac Aongusa, Currach Press)

2004-02-01 13:08:06
Put on the khaki

Shayla Walmsley reviews The Catholic Church in Ireland, 1914—1918: war and politics by Jérôme aan de Wiel, Irish Academic Press

2003-12-23 19:45:55
A secrt history of innaccuracy, hearsay

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews A Secret History of the IRA, Ed Moloney, Penguin Books, pbk

2003-12-23 19:26:13
Griffith's legacy offers little for the republican reader

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews The Resurrection of Hungary: a parallel for Ireland by Arthur Griffith, University College Dublin Press

2003-12-23 19:11:54
A handy guide to anti-imperialist activism today

John Murphy reviews Anti-Imperialism, a guide for the movement, Farah Reza (ed) Bookmarks Publication

2003-12-23 19:02:42
Surveying the political spectrum of Irish politics

Roy Johnston reviews Changing Shades of Orange and Green: redefining the Union and the Nation in contemporary Ireland, John Coakley (ed), UCD Press (extended review)

2003-07-18 10:12:23
Balanced approach to the life of ‘Big Jim’

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews James Larkin by Emmet O’Connor, Cork University Press, Radical Irish Lives series

2003-07-18 10:05:30
History of Irish lace

Pegeen O’Sullivan reviews Lace and the Emerald Isle by Alan Brown. Sawbridge, Herts

2003-07-18 09:56:29
Hannibal’s quest

Anthony Coughlan reviews Elephants Against Rome by C Desmond Greaves, Léirmheas Publications, Dublin,

2003-07-18 09:46:34
Journey back from the brink

Pegeen O’Sullivan reviews A Day Called Hope: a personal journey beyond depression by Gareth O’Callaghan, Hodder and Stoughton

2003-07-17 22:16:15
Marxist who embraced the Republic

Kevin McCorry reviews James Connolly and the Reconquest of Ireland by Priscilla Metscher, Marxist Educational Press/NST, University of Minnesota

2003-07-17 22:08:20
Linguistic legacy of the colonial era

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews The Rising of the Moon: the language of power by Ella O’Dwyer, Pluto Press

2003-07-17 22:02:23
Charismatic United Irish leader

Ruán O’Donnell reviews Soul on Fire, a life of Thomas Russell by James Quinn, Irish Academic Press

2003-07-17 21:51:31
Schooled in the tradition

Declan O’Brien reviews A Touchstone for the Tradition: the Willie Clancy Summer School by Tony Kearns and Barry Taylor, Brandon

2003-07-17 14:50:39
Book revievs: in brief

A brief look at some new titles: Modern Ireland; Northern Ireland after the Good Friday Agreement;Dublin for Kids;The Aran Islands, a world of stone; Discover Cork

2003-07-17 14:42:14
Leftward shift thwarted by reaction and division

David Granvillle reviews The IRA, 1926-1936 by Brian Hanley, Four Courts Press

2003-05-23 10:58:32
The Provisionals' long march from war to peace

Anthony Coughlan reviews Armed Struggle: a history of the IRA by Richard English, Macmillan

2003-05-23 10:48:53
Racism study sends out a bleak warning

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews Racism and Social Change in the Republic of Ireland, Bryan Fanning, Manchester University Press

2003-05-23 09:22:36
Trouble and strife

Pegeen O’Sullivan reviews Women, Policing and Resistance in Northern Ireland by Sharon Pickering, Beyond the Pale and Us, Them and Others

2003-05-23 09:14:20
A friend of Ireland

Pegeen O’Sullivan reviews Shelley and Revolutionary Ireland by Paul O’Brien, Redwords

2003-05-23 09:00:20
Frank Ryan: patriot or collaborator?

Irish trade union official Manus O’Riordan takes issue with Feargal McGarry’s recent biographical study of anti-fascist Irish patriot Frank Ryan, whose final years in Nazi Germany have long been the subject of debate and controversy

2003-05-23 08:47:23
Shedding light on WWII aid episode

Joe Jamison reviews Belfast is Burning, 1941 by Sean Redmond , IMPACT (Municipal Employees Division),

2003-05-22 17:50:31
The battle for Irish independence

John Murphy reviews Defending Peace: Ireland’s Role in a Changing Europe, by John Maguire, Cork University Press

2003-05-22 17:45:39
A Fenian escapade

Ruairí Ó Domhnaill reviews The Voyage of the Catalpa by Peter Stevens, Weidenfeld and Nicholson

2003-05-22 17:38:03
Coming to terms with historical memory

Roy Johnston reviews History and Memory in Modern Ireland, Ian McBride (ed), Cambridge University Press

2003-05-22 17:27:17
Striving to become part of the solution

Ken Keable reviews A Shared Childhood — the story of the integrated schools in Northern Ireland by Fionnuala O’Connor, Blackstaff Press

2003-05-22 17:19:50
A concise study of modern Ireland

Sally Richardson reviews Ireland Since 1939 by Henry Patterson, Oxford University Press

2003-05-22 12:42:57
Unionist explores grounds for peace

Gerard Curran reviews The Elusive Quest by Norman Porter, Blackstaff Press

2003-05-22 12:36:32
From IRA warrior to man of peace

Ruán O’Donnell reviews Joe Cahill: a life in the IRA by Brendan Anderson, O’Brien Press

2003-03-11 11:29:15
Still tangled up in red, white and blue

Bobbie Heatley reviews David Ervine, Unchartered Waters by Henry Sinnerton, Brandon

2003-03-11 11:23:39
Thoughtful study of Christianity in Ireland

Moya St Leger reviews Christianity in Ireland; revisiting the story, Brendan Bradshaw and Dáire Keogh (eds), The Columba Press

2003-03-11 11:18:40
The tiger whimpers

Bobbie Heatley reviews Ireland’s Celtic Tiger in Crisis: growth and inequality in Ireland by Peadar Kirby, Palgrave

2003-03-11 11:12:33
The sound of truth

David Granville reviews Ardoyne: the untold truth, Ardoyne Commemoration Project, Beyond the Pale

2003-03-11 11:06:41
A tour of heraldic offices

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews Royal Roots — Republican Inheritance: the survival of the Irish Office of Arms by Susan Hood, The Woodfield Press in association with the National Library of Ireland

2003-03-11 11:02:01
Reviews in brief

All the Dead Voices (Danny Morrison), Irish Emigration since 1921 (Enda Delaney), The Derry Anthology (Sean McMahon,ed), War Children (Gerard Whelan)

2003-03-11 10:53:08
Linda Kearns: rebel with a gauze

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews Linda Kearns: a revolutionary Irish woman by Proinnsíos Ó Duignein, Drumlin Publications

2003-03-11 10:47:14
Feminist pioneers in a very modern marriage

Pegeen O’Sullivan reviews Genteel Revolutionaries: Anna and Thomas Haslam and the Irish women’s movement by Carmel Quinlan, Cork University Press

2003-03-11 10:42:41
Seamus Heaney: a talent in the round

Sally Richardson reviews Finders Keepers: selected prose 1971-2001 by Seamus Heaney, Faber and Faber

2003-03-11 10:37:26
Photographs from a turbulent century

David Granville reviews The Irish: a photohistory 1840 – 1940 by Sean Sexton and Christine Kinealy, Thames and Hudson

2003-03-11 10:31:52
Rescuing Standish O'Grady for Socialism

Roy Johnston reviews To the Leaders of Our Working People by Standish James O’Grady, ed E Hagan, UCD Press

2002-12-29 14:50:00
Arthur O'Connor and the United Irish rebellion

Ruán O’Donnell reviews Revolution, Counter-Revolution and Union, Ireland in the 1790s, Jim Smyth (ed.), Cambridge University Press and Arthur O’Connor, United Irishman by Jane Hayter Hames, Collins Press

2002-12-29 14:39:52
Marching to the neo-liberal tune

Gerard Curran reviews Reinventing Ireland; culture, society and global economy, Peadar Kirby, Luke Gibbons and Michael Cronin (eds), Pluto Press

2002-12-29 14:30:34
Hindsight-assisted intelligence

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews British Intelligence in Ireland 1920-21: the final reports, edited by Peter Hart, Irish Narratives, Cork University Press

2002-12-29 14:23:02
Beyond sympathy for the Stuarts

Ian McKeane reviews Ireland and the Jacobite Cause 1685-1766: a fatal attachment by Éamonn O Ciardha, Four Courts Press

2002-12-29 14:18:18
Modern Irish history's Turin shroud

Ian McKeane reviews Roger Casement in Death or the Haunting of the Free State by W J Mc Cormack, UCD Press

2002-12-29 14:11:37
Emigration study

Eddie Mulligan reviews Irish Migrants in Britain, 1815 – 1914: a documentary history by Roger Swift, Cork University Press

2002-12-29 14:06:42
Steering clear of the C-word

Ken Keable reviews The Long Road to Peace in Northern Ireland, Marianne Elliott (ed), Liverpool University Press

2002-12-29 14:00:25
Women's lives touched by conflict in the north

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews Women’s Stories from the North of Ireland by Silvia Calamati, Beyond the Pale Publications

2002-12-29 13:51:25
Land Ownership in Britain and Ireland

David Granville reviews Who Owns Britain by Kevin Cahill, Canongate Books

2002-12-29 13:44:53
The people’s voice in songs of revolt

Gerard Curran reviews Songs of Irish Rebellion: Irish political street ballads and rebel songs 1780-1900 by Georges Denis Zimmermann, Four Courts Press

2002-12-29 13:36:05
Field Day anthology of Irish women writers

Sally Richardson reviews Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, vols IV and V: Irish Women’s Writing and Traditions, Cork University Press

2002-12-29 13:26:45
Irish dramatists inspired by Greek parallels

Sally Richardson reviews Amid Our Troubles: Irish versions of Greek tragedy, Marianne McDonald and J Michael Walton (eds), Methuen

2002-12-29 13:16:42
Embracing the trappings of western democracy

Roy Johnston reviews Explaining Irish Democracy by Bill Kissane, University College Dublin Press

2002-10-02 16:01:05
The development of a modern republican party

David Granville reviews Sinn Féin: a hundred turbulent years by Brian Feeney, O’Brien Press

2002-10-02 15:53:30
Taking on the euro

David Granville reviews No to the Euro! by Robert Griffiths published by the Communist Party of Britain

2002-10-02 15:44:05
A proconsul with a style all of her own

Moya St Leger reviews Momentum by Mo Mowlam, Hodder and Stoughton

2002-10-02 15:38:31
A working-class loyalist narrative

Ruairí Ó Domhnaill reviews Loyalism and Labour in Belfast: the autobiography of Robert McElborough, 1884-1952, Emmet O’Connor and Trevor Parkhill (eds), Cork University Press

2002-10-02 15:33:00
Another hurrah for the Tipperary minstrel man

Sally Richardson reviews Memoirs of an Irish Troubadour by Liam Clancy, Virgin Books

2002-10-02 14:44:17
Under the spell of the phoney MacCarthy Mór

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews The Road to McCarthy by Pete McCarthy, Hodder and Stoughton

2002-10-02 14:38:38
Biographical study lacking in focus

Sally Richardson reviews The Politics and Relationships of Kathleen Lynn by Marie Mulholland, Woodfield Press

2002-10-02 14:30:32
Uneven assault on Irish first world war efforts

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews Ireland and the Great War: ‘A War to Unite Us All’, Adrian Gregory and Senia Paseta (eds), Manchester University Press

2002-10-02 14:24:43
They got their £3 -- and some

Jim Savage reviews You’ll Never Get £3 by Noel Murphy, Red City Publications

2002-10-02 14:11:55
Overseas relations

Gerard Curran reviews Atlantic Crossroads: historical connections between Scotland, Ulster and North America, Patrick Fitzgerald and Steve Ickringill (eds), Colourpoint

2002-10-02 14:05:37
Christianity and its role in sectarinism

Gerard Curran reviews Moving Beyond Sectarianism: religion, conflict, and reconciliation in Northern Ireland by Joseph Leichty and Cecelia Clegg, Columba Press

2002-10-02 13:55:32
The Easter rising and its vengeful aftermath

Sally Richardson reviews 1916: the Easter Rising by Tim Pat Coogan, Cassell, £20 hbk and From Behind a Closed Door: secret court martial records of the 1916 Easter Rising by Brian Barton, Blackstaff Press

2002-07-30 16:41:21
Exploring the question of racism in Ireland

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews Racism and Anti-Racism in Ireland, Ronit Lentin and Robbie McVeigh (eds), Beyond the Pale Publications

2002-07-30 16:34:35
A baneful tale of intrigue, treachery and deceit

Ruairí Ó Domhnaill reviews Fenian Fire: the British government plot to assassinate Queen Victoria by Christy Campbell. Harper Collins

2002-07-30 16:27:40
A long, long way from Clare to here

Joe Jamison reviews Irish on the Inside: in search of the soul of Irish America by Tom Hayden, Verso

2002-07-30 16:22:00
Insighful profile of players and process

Ken Keable reviews Breaking the Bonds: making peace in Northern Ireland by Fionnuala O Connor, Mainstream Publishing, £9.99 pbk

2002-07-30 10:54:02
Liverpool's radical anti--slavery poet

Ian McKeane reviews Forgotten Hero: the Life and Times of Edward Rushton by Bill Hunter, Living History Library, £5.99 pbk (ISBN 0-9542077-0-X)

2002-07-30 10:49:30
Falling Short of an encouraging title

Lynda Walker reviews The Irish Women’s Movement From Revolution to Devolution by Linda Connolly, Palgrave

2002-07-30 10:41:53
Orange Disorder

Declan O’Brien reviews Drumcree: the Orange Order’s last stand by Chris Ryder and Vincent Kearney, Methuen, and Traditional Roots: towards an appropriate relationship between the Church of Ireland and the Orange Order by Earl Storey, Columba

2002-07-30 10:34:25
Book reviews in brief (August/Septemebr 2002 edition)

Book reviews in brief

2002-07-30 10:24:02
Sketching the development of racism in Ireland

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews Encounters: How Racism Came to Ireland by Bill Rolston and Michael Shannon

2002-05-29 14:22:27
Every picture tells a Bloody Sunday story

David Granville reviews A Matter of Minutes; the enduring legacy of Bloody Sunday by Joanne O’Brien, Wolfhound Press and Eyewitness Bloody Sunday: the truth (revised edition) by Don Mullan

2002-05-29 14:16:27
Oxford Companion to Irish History (revised edition)

David Granville reviews The Oxford Companion to Irish History, S J Connolly (ed)

2002-05-29 14:05:30
History Scotland (issue 1)

Gerard Curran reviews History Scotland (Issue 1): archaeology, history and heritage,

2002-05-29 13:59:34
Inclement outlook

Ruán O’Donnell reviews Weather and Warfare, a climatic history of the 1798 Rebellion by John Tyrrell

2002-05-29 13:53:40
A semi-autographical tale of discovery

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews On A Green Island by John McMillan

2002-05-29 13:48:31
Bread and circuses -- without the bread

Ruairí Ó Domhnaill reviews Abject Loyalty: nationalism and monarchy in Ireland during the reign of Queen Victoria by James H. Murphy

2002-05-29 13:41:35
A revision of the unionist outlook

Ruán O’Donnell reviews Nationalism and Unionism in 19th century Ireland by Russell Rees

2002-05-29 13:26:32
Brits: the final installment

Gerry Kelly reviews Brits: the war against the IRA by Peter Taylor

2002-05-29 12:17:57
Book reviews in brief (June/July 2002 edition)

Book reviews in brief

2002-05-29 12:08:22
Lucid account of Celtic glory days

Ruairí Ó Domhnaill reviews The Celtic Empire: the first millenium of Celtic history 1000 BC — AD 51 by Peter Berresford Ellis

2002-05-29 11:58:18
True voices of the republican 'awkward squad'

Ian McKeane reviews Republican Voices, Kevin Bean and Mark Hayes (eds.)

2002-05-29 11:51:00
The Union under seige

Bobbie Heatley reviews British Government Policy in Northern Ireland, 1969-2000 by Michael Cunningham, Manchester University Press

2002-03-29 09:41:00
Rebellion's failure opens door to direct rule

John Murphy reviews Acts of Union by Daire Keogh and Kevin Whelan (eds), Four Courts Press

2002-03-29 09:31:50
Two hundred years of Irish political activity

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews The Wearing of the Green: a political history of the Irish in Manchester by Michael Herbert, IBRG

2002-03-29 09:20:20
Contorted view of the Irish conflict

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews The Longest War: Northern Ireland's troubled history by Marc Mulholland, Oxford University Press, £8.99 pbk

2002-03-29 09:14:25
Democratic task for all socialists

John Murphy reviews The National Question: socialism and nationalism by C. Desmond Greaves, Democrat Publications, £1

2002-03-29 09:08:44
Pride of the nation

Sally Richardson reviews My Eyes Only Look Out: experiences of Irish people of mixed race parentage by Margaret McCarthy, Brandon

2002-03-29 09:02:39
Facing Both Ways

Ruan O'Donnell reviews Double Traitors? The Belfast Volunteers and Yeomen, 1778-1828

2002-03-29 08:50:31
The GUBU man

Sally Richardson reviews Haughey's Millions: Charlie's money trail by Colm Keena, Gill & Macmillan

2002-03-29 08:45:51
Imprisoned at sea

Ruan O'Donnell reviews Republican Internment and the Prison Ship Argenta, 1922 by Denise Kleinrichert, Irish Academic Press

2002-03-29 08:35:50
Book reviews in brief (April/May 2002 edition)

A selection of short reviews of new and recent titles published in Britain and Ireland

2002-03-28 16:23:55
Fitting tribute to a fine poet and Irish activist

Gerard Curran reviews Poems by Eamonn McLaughlin, Boudicca Press

2002-03-28 15:47:20
The biographer's craft as an instrument of war

David Granville reviews Martin McGuinness, from guns to government by Liam Clarke and Kathryn Johnston, Mainstream Publishing

2002-02-03 17:47:42
The novel appliance of war propaganda

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews Gangsters or Guerrillas? Representations of Irish republicans in ‘Troubles fiction’ by Patrick Magee, Beyond the Pale Publications

2002-02-03 17:34:53
The Hungary link

Roy Johnston reviews Ireland and Hungary: a study in parallels by Thomas Kabdebo, Four Courts Press

2002-02-03 17:29:05
Potted biographies to whet an appetite

Sally Richardson reviews Wild Irish Women, extraordinary lives from history by Marian Broderick, O’Brien Press

2002-02-03 17:23:20
Poet and prisoner

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews As I was among the Captives: Joseph Campbell’s Prison Diary, 1922-23, Eiléan Ní Cuillean (ed.), Cork University Press

2002-02-03 17:16:38
A deadly business

Gerry Kelly reviews Godfathers: inside Northern Ireland’s drugs racket by Jim McDowell, Gill & Macmillan

2002-02-03 17:08:56
Insider insight into 1981 hunger strike

Ruán O’Donnell reviews Out of Time, Irish Republican Prisoners, Long Kesh, 1972-2000 by Laurence McKeown, Beyond the Pale

2002-02-03 17:02:16
A history beyond shovel,pick and pint

David Granville reviews The Men Who Built Britain by Ultan Cowley, Wolfhound Press

2002-02-03 16:54:21
Bloody Sunday

David Granville reviews Bloody Sunday, London Weekend Television, written and directed by Paul Greengrass, broadcast Sunday 20 January 2002

2002-02-03 16:43:18
A class perspective

Lynda Walker reviews An English Woman in Belfast, Rosamund Stephens' Record of the Great War, Oonagh Walsh (ed.), Cork University Press

2001-11-27 16:26:18
Their final words

Eddie Mulligan reviews Gallows Speeches from Eighteenth-Century Ireland by James Kelly, Four Courts Press

2001-11-27 16:20:53
Colonial courtiers

Peter Berresford Ellis review Champagne and Silver Buckles: the viceregal court at Dublin Castle, 1700-1922 by Joseph Robins, The Lilliput Press

2001-11-27 16:14:11
Orangeism hits crisis as domination crumbles

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews Drumcree: the Orange Order's last stand by Chris Ryder

2001-11-27 16:02:33
A 'Terrible Beauty'

Ruairí Ó Domhnaill reviews Michael Collins and the Troubles: the struggle for Irish freedom, 1912-1922 by Ulick O'Connor, Mainstream Publishing

2001-11-27 15:54:18
The old brigade

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews Northern Divisions: the old IRA and the belfast pogroms by Jim McDermott, Beyond the Pale

2001-11-27 15:41:52
London in London

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews The People of the Abyss (centenary edition) by Jack London, Pluto Press

2001-11-27 15:32:11
Women speak out

Sally Richardson reviews In Their Own Voice: women and Irish nationalism, Margaret Ward (ed.), Attic Press

2001-11-27 14:35:34
Sympathetic treatment of a 'complex' loyalist

Ruán O'Donnell reviews Gusty Spence by Roy Garland, Blackstaff Press

2001-11-27 12:52:06
Contrasting images of Ireland north and south

David Granville reviews If Ever You Go To Dublin Town, photographs by Elinor Wiltshire, text Orla Fitzpatrick, Women's History Project and the National Library of Ireland, and Family, Friends and Neighbours, an Irish photobiography, text and photographs by Oistin Mac Bride, Beyond the Pale

2001-11-27 08:59:05
Great poet, reactionary nationalist

Frank Foley reviews The Life of W B Yeats by Terence Brown

2001-10-02 13:59:55
Do big cats travel?

Bobbie Heatley reviews Can the Celtic Tiger cross the Irish Border? by John Bradley and Esmond Birnie, Cork University Press

2001-10-02 13:57:50
Spain's dirty war

Ruán O'Donnell reviews Dirty War, Clean Hands, ETA, the GAL and Spanish Democracy by Paddy Woodworth, Cork University Press

2001-10-02 13:55:53
Scotland in revolt

Ian Bayne reviews The Scottish Insurrection of 1820 by Peter Berresford Ellis and Seumas Mac a' Ghobhainn, John Donald/Birlinn Ltd (Edinburgh)

2001-10-02 13:52:00
Nottingham bound

Sally Richardson reviews Making It Home: experience of being Irish, Nottingham Irish Studies Group

2001-10-02 13:50:07
Dark days in Kerry

Ian McKeane reviews Tans, Terror and Troubles: Kerry's real fighting story 1913--23 by T. Ryle Dwyer, Mercier

2001-10-02 13:46:44
Irish Republicanism and Buried Alive in Ireland

Peter Berresford Ellis reviews Irish Republicanism: the authentic perspective and Buried Alive in Ireland: a story of a 20th century inquisition by Derry Kelleher, Justice Books

2001-10-02 13:44:28
Free guide shows way round London

Declan O'Brien reviews A young person's guide to surviving in London, Action Group for Irish Youth, Free

2001-10-02 13:41:01
Peadar O'Donnell and Louie Bennett

David Granville reviews Peadar O'Donnell by Donal Ó Drisceoil, and Sally Richardson reviews Louie Bennett by Rosemary Cullen Owens.

2001-10-02 13:32:42

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