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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

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

Markievicz Biography

Lindie Naughton, Markievicz: A Most Outrageous Rebel (Merrion Press, 2016, 330pp, €39.99 HB, €19.99 PB

Lindie Naughton’s Markievicz, A Most Outrageous Rebel is published at a time when the subject of this biography Constance de Markievicz, has become a focus of attention … Read More

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Casement Diary

Angus Mitchell (ed.), One Bold Deed of Open Treason: The Berlin Diary of Roger Casement 1914-1916 (Merrion Press, 2016, 280 pp, €17.50 PB, €45.00 HB).

Roger Casement’s time in Imperial Germany between 1914 and 1916 raises a number of interesting … Read More

Indian Students in Ireland, 1913-16

Conor Mulvagh, Irish Days, Indian Memories: V.V. Giri and Indian Law Students at University College Dublin, 1913-16 (Irish Academic Press, 2016, 160pp, €16.99 HB). 

There were 3,606 persons of Indian birth living in Ireland at the time of the 1911 … Read More

Seán Murray Biography

Seán Byers, Seán Murray: Marxist-Leninist and Irish Socialist Republican (Irish Academic Press, 2015, 228 pp, €22.45 PB).

The last 20 years has witnessed some remarkable developments in the historiography of the Irish Left. Assisted by greater access to crucial archival collections, … Read More

Ada English Biography

Brendan Kelly, Ada English: Patriot and Psychiatrist (Irish Academic Press, 2014, 170 pp, €45.00 HB, €22.45 PB).

The subject of this sympathetic and sensitive biography, Dr Adeline (Ada) English (1875-1944), was both a pioneering psychiatrist and a well known … Read More

Reviews in Brief – July 2013

The Big House is a subject that is becoming ever more popular. Television programmes are being broadcast, conferences held and books published. There is even a Big House music and arts festival taking place at Castletown House over the August … Read More

Tom Clarke

Gerard MacAtasney, Tom Clarke: Life, Liberty, Revolution  (Merrion, 2013, 330pps, €60 HB, €17.95 PB). 

Tom Clarke was a father figure to the 1916 leaders. The fact that he was from a different generation sets him apart from the other architects … Read More

Enigma: Frank Ryan

The Enigma of Frank Ryan (Ireland, 2012).  Director: Des Bell.  Foyle Film Festival, 12 November 2012. 

One thing that this film proves is that Frank Ryan’s story continues to fascinate. His biographers have brought his life story to enthusiastic … Read More