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John Hume in America

Maurice Fitzpatrick, John Hume in America: From Derry to DC (Irish Academic Press, 2017, 223 pps, €24.99 HB, ISBN 978-1-91102-495-8).

In certain respects Maurice Fitzpatrick’s John Hume in America is a welcome addition to the existing literature on the … Read More

Mythbusting and MOPE

Liam Kennedy, Unhappy the Land: The Most Oppressed People Ever, the Irish? (Merrion Press, 2015, 272 pps, €24.99 PB, ISBN 978-1-785370298).

It is in some ways a shame that Liam Kennedy’s book came out when it did. The publication was undoubtedly … Read More

The Great Famine in Leitrim

Gerard MacAtasney, The dead buried by the dying: The Great Famine in Leitrim (Merrion Press, 2014, 304pp, €24.99 PB, ISBN 978-1-908928504)

The great wave of interest in Famine studies in the 1990s somewhat subsided in the early part of … Read More

Hannah Sheehy Skeffington: A Collection of Her Writings

Margaret Ward, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington: Suffragette and Sinn Féiner, Her Memoirs and Political Writings (UCD Press, 2017, 463pp, €35 HB, ISBN 978-1-910820-14-8)

Hanna Sheehy Skeffington (1877-1946) is remembered as a feminist and veteran campaigner on progressive issues, and her … Read More

Young Ireland and Irish History

James Quinn, Young Ireland and the Writing of Irish History (UCD Press, 2015, 227 pp, €30 PB, ISBN 9781906359881)

‘If Young Ireland had failed and failed definitively in her revolutionary policy, she had certainly not failed in her educating … Read More

Myth and the Irish State

John M. Regan, Myth and the Irish State: Historical Problems and Other Essays (Irish Academic Press, 2013, 296 pp, €27.99 PB, €44.99 HB, ISBN 978-0-7165-32125)

John Regan has been developing a research profile in the field of historiography for some … Read More

Voices from the Easter Rising

Ruán O’Donnell & Mícheál Ó hAodha (eds), Voices from the Easter Rising (Merrion Press, 2016, 202 pp, €14.99 PB, ISBN 978-1-78537-066-3)

Just prior to the marathon centenary year of 2016, the manager of Hodges Figgis bookshop in Dublin estimated that there … Read More

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America and the Easter Rising

Mirian Nyhan Grey (ed), Ireland’s Allies: America and the 1916 Easter Rising (UCD Press, 2016, 400 pp, €40 HB, ISBN 978-1-91082-013-1)

In the opening paragraph of his foreword to this lavishly produced volume, Professor J.J. Lee ponders how historians should approach the … Read More

Haughey and the Northern Question

Stephen Kelly, ‘A Failed Political Entity’: Charles Haughey and the Northern Ireland Question, 1945-1992 (Merrion Press, 2016, 446 pp, €22.50 PB, €49.99 HB, ISBN 978-1-78537-097-7)

Charles J. Haughey remains one of the most controversial, if not the most controversial, political figures in … Read More

Law and the Revolution

Séan Enright, Soldiers, Lawyers and the Trials of the Irish Revolution (Merrion Press, 2016, 244 pp, €17.50 PB, €45 HB, ISBN 978-1-78537-051-9)

Eamon Ceannt, an Easter Week leader, once wrote that ‘[nationalist] agitation should be confined to constitutional methods only where … Read More