Dead Interesting

Shane MacThomáis, Dead Interesting: Stories From the Graveyards of Dublin  (Mercier Press, 2012, 160 pps, €12.99 PB)

Shane Mac Thomáis’s Dead Interesting: Stories from the Graveyards of Dublin takes on an approach that rises above class, denominations, political view and gender bias in his … Read More

C. S. Parnell

Paul Bew, Enigma: A New Life of Charles Stewart Parnell  (Gill and Macmillan, 2011, 215pps, £21.99/€24.99 HB)

‘…inside the mind of a political genius’

This new work on Charles Stewart Parnell builds on the key themes which Paul Bew discussed in … Read More

Depiction of Eviction

L. Perry Curtis Jr., The Depiction of Eviction in Ireland, 1845-1910  (UCD Press, 2011, 324pps, €30 PB)

Although inspiration for The Depiction of Eviction in Ireland, 1845-1910 came from a painting by Robert G. Kelly entitled An Ejectment in Ireland (A Tear and … Read More

Labour History

Emmet O’Connor, A Labour History of Ireland, 1824-2000  (UCD Press, 2011, 329pps, €28 PB)

The first edition of Emmet O’Connor’s A Labour History of Ireland broke new ground when it was published in 1992. It was a general survey of the organisational … Read More

Sins of the Father

Conor McCabe, Sins of the Father: Tracing the Decisions that Shaped the Irish Economy  (The History Press Ireland, 224pps, €16.99 PB)

‘We used to make shit in this country…build shit. Now we just put our hand in the next guy’s pocket.’


Bryce Evans, Seán Lemass: Democratic Dictator (Collins Press, 336pps, €17.99/£15.99 PB).

Former Taoiseach Seán Lemass (1899-1971) is an inspiration to many people, this reviewer included. So I approached this book with some excitement. I was impressed with Prof Tom Garvin’s biography of Lemass which … Read More