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Name: Memoirs Of William Sampson

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Author: Sampson, William

Editor: Robinson, Kenneth

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2007

ISBN: 978 085034 117 1

Contents: William Sampson was one of the United Irishmen who was singled out for ill-treatment by the authorities, with the malevolence continuing even after he was sent into exile. What earned him the particular hatred of the ruling junta was that, unlike most of the other Northern United Irishmen, he was of themselves: from an Ascendancy family, an Attorney at Law, Church of Ireland, well-to-do, and, as he says, "the road to advancement open". But, instead of climbing the ladder to legal eminence, he used his brilliant talents to undermine the oppressive regime: writing and petitioning for constitutional government, and defending United Irishmen in court. He was driven to such "sedition" by the manner in which Ireland was being ruled by a "terrorist Parliament".

In this book, having told the story of his confinement, exile and further confinements, Sampson writes a History of Ireland, concluding "for six hundred years and more…we have seen our country exposed to never ceasing torments, and struggling against oppressions as cruel as absurd". In this, brief accounts are given of the Irish policies of various Kings who, after the Reformation, are described as "Popes" on the English throne. The story is brought up to his own times, with vivid instances of how the military beat the population down into submission.

This is not a dispassionate Memoir or academic History. It is a story, strongly located in time and place—one which is told with the simple objective of furthering the cause of reform in Ireland. But it is a story, above all, and all sorts of weird and wonderful things turn up in it: the 'Ancient Britons' of Wales, who were 'jumpers'; Portugese prison life; revolutionary local government in France; and even a vignette of the special position of women in French social life.

All the more surprising, therefore, that William Sampson's Memoirs have not been kept in print. The present complete reprint is introduced and annotated by Kenneth Robinson. It is based on the second, extended, edition of 1817 and the republication marks the bicentary of the Memoirs.

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Name: Michael Collins

Subtitle: Some original documents in his own hand

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Editor: Murphy, Dr. Brian P (osb)

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2004

ISBN: 1 903497 19 1

Contents: This is a small collection of original documents by Michael Collins which throws some light on his thinking and interests in his teenage years. They are mostly connected with his application for work in the British Civil Service. Dr. Brian P Murphy osb introduces them, explains their background and puts them in the context of the information already available on Collins' early life. Brian Murphy is a member of the Benedictine Community at Glenstal Abbey, County Limerick. He is a graduate of Oxford University, Trinity College, Dublin, and the National University of Ireland (UCD). He is the author of "Patrick Pearse and the Lost Republican Ideal" (1991). "John Chartres: the Mystery Man of the Treaty" (1995). "St. Gerard's School, Bray, An Educational Initiative" (1999) and various articles.

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Name: Military Aspects Of Ireland's Arms Crisis Of 1969-70

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Author: Clifford, Angela

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2006

ISBN: 1 874157 16 2

Contents: One of the best-kept secrets of recent decades is the 1969-70 military policy of Jack Lynch's Government, improvised during and after the 'Siege of Derry' and subsequent disorders in the North. The Army was for the first time in fifty years ordered to the Border. The cover story was that Field Hospitals and Refugee Camps had o be established for Northerners. In fact, the mobilisation was comprehensive and the two Army Reserve Forces were brought into play.

A study of released Secret official documents, some 30 of which are reproduced here, reveals that the Army was ordered to prepare to arm the Northern Ireland minority and to provide military training. It was also ordered to prepare for military operations in Northern Ireland. It took these orders seriously and set about special training and re-equipment. For the first time in half a century there was military thinking about Northern Ireland.

This policy lasted from mid-August 1969 until Jack Lynch changed tack, created the Arms Crisis in late April/early May 1970, and criminalised some of those who had been implementing Cabinet policy. He ousted his Minister for Justice (Michael O Morain); dismissed two Cabinet Ministers (Neil Blaney and Charles Haughey); arrested James Kelly, the Intelligence Captain chiefly concerned with liaising with Northern Citizens' Defence, along with John Kelly, a Northern Defence Committee leader, as well as a Belgian businessman who was only marginally involved, Albert Luykx. The accusation was that they had been conspiring to illegally import arms. The documents in this book prove beyond doubt, however, that the arms importation was part of Government policy.

The political theatre of the Arms Crisis changed the medium of political life in the South, and set going a new political and military departure in the Northern Nationalist community.

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Name: Millstreet: A "Considerable" Town

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Editor: Lane, Jack

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2003

ISBN: 1 903497 09 4

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Price: £6.00

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Name: Millstreet—The Cockpit Of Ireland

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Author: Lane, Jack

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2002

ISBN: 1 903497 03 5

Contents: Visitors and Public Meetings over two centuries.

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Name: Moabite Sonnets (1944-45)

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Author: Haushofer, Albrecht

Editor: Clifford, Angela

Category: German-Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2001

ISBN: 0 85034 092 6

Contents: German, with an English translation by Angela Clifford. Introduction by Angela Clifford: The Haushofers, Geopolitics And The Second World War. Albrecht Haushofer's "Moabite Sonnets", which were written in a Nazi Jail in 1944-45, appear here for the first time in English translation, along with the original German text. In these 79 personal, philosophical and political Sonnets Albrecht mourns the fate of his country under Hitler from the viewpoint of a thoroughly German Jew who chose to serve the National Socialist State with a view to modifying its policies, or later, of overthrowing it. But how did a Jewish anti-Nazi get into such a position? Angela Clifford, the translator of the poems, tries to answer that question in an Introduction which shows the linkage between the Geopolitics developed by Sir Halford Mackinder, long-term Director of the London School of Economics; General Professor Karl Haushofer, who took up and developed the Mackinder ideas; Rudolf Hess, military aide-de-camp and student of Haushofer's, who became Adolf Hitler's Secretary; and, finally Adolf Hitler, who fed his expansionist vision for a German East European Empire on those strategic principles. No doubt Mackinder came to wonder whether he had been too open when theorising the British strategic experience of Empire and developing new Imperial perspectives for his British audience, especially when it was suggested in America during the Second World War that he had provided a programme for Hitler. It was Karl's unique position with the Nazi hierarchy which gave his son, Albrecht, his chance?or, rather, which put him in a dilemma. Albrecht played for high stakes and reckoned on being either forced to become Hitler's Foreign Minister or being executed. In the wake of the misfired assassination attempt of 20th July 1944, imprisoned, and then shot just as the Russians were entering Berlin. However, he saved his Sonnets, which were clutched in his dead fist, and in many ways, they speak for him. 94 pp. Illustrations, Bibliography, Index.

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Name: More of her espionage reports from Ireland to Winston Churchill

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Author: Bowen, Elizabeth

Editor: Lane, Jack

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2009

ISBN: 978 1 903497 54 8

Contents: This is the second collection of Elizabeth Bowen’s espionage reports which we are publishing. We had thought that somebody among her many fans would have gone to the trouble of locating as many as possible of the approximately 200 reports she wrote during the War years and continued the work of making them available. However, these fans do not seem to consider them important enough though she obviously did so - considering the enormous effort that went into the preparation of them. This publication contains the evidence that Churchill and the War Cabinet also considered them important. Important enough to discuss them and take decisions on the basis of them. That alone would justify their availability as historical documents. We do hope that more will appear but that we will be saved the bother of publishing them. Also included is background material on the War including a proposal by Nicholas Mansergh who was a leading functionary in the Ministry of Information?

Extracts: CONTENTS Foreword by Jack Lane 5 Notes on Eire, July 13th, 1940 by Elizabeth Bowen 6 Notes on Ireland, 21st July, 1940 by E. Bowen 12 Notes on Ireland, 31st July, 1940 by E. Bowen 17 Notes on Eire, 14th August, 1940 by E. Bowen 24 Annex 1. Churchill’s acknowledgement 30 Annex 2. Omission from one copy of a report 31 Annex 3. Correspondence about the reports 32 Annex 4. H. V. Hodson 34 Annex 5. Churchill’s plans to ‘save’ Ireland from the Germans 35 Annex 6. A proposal by Nicholas Mansergh 36 Index 37

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Name: Muriel MacSwiney

Subtitle: Letters To Angela Clifford

Author: Clifford, Angela

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1996

ISBN: 0 85034 00 76

Contents: This book is about Muriel McSwiney—not Mary. The wife—not the sister?of the Republican Martyr who died after two-and-a-half months on Hunger Strike in 1920. Terence knew he had a revolutionary destiny to fulfil and was not going to marry—that is, until he met Muriel Frances Murphy, a beautiful Cork heiress who was ardently concerned about social injustice and who believed Irish freedom would bring social justice along with independence. Muriel gave her husband a brief measure of personal happiness during their three years together, as well as doing what she could to further the national cause. When the time of the grim test came, though she had been in poor health, she was the perfect helpmate, sitting quietly by his bedside daily, attending at the offices of the Self-Determination League to give bulletins on his health, smiling for reporters, keeping calm throughout. She did not physically collapse till right at the end. Muriel went on to live for another sixty years after that fateful episode. This book attempts to trace her subsequent life: her work against the Treaty, espousal of Jim Larkin's Communist Party and the Continental revolutionary movement, and political committment to the oppressed the world over. Muriel's politics after 1923 were not to the satisfaction of Catholic-nationalist Ireland. There was one child of the marriage, Máire. She was kidnapped from Germany by Mary MacSwiney, and brought to Ireland, where the deed was ratified by the courts. This severe blow nearly killed Muriel, but she pulled through and went on working for the causes she believed in. The last of these was the housing agitation led by Dennis Dennehy, whose Hunger Strike caught her attention, coinciding as it did with the 50th anniversary celebrations of the sitting of the First Dail in early 1969. It was that social agitation which occasioned the unique feature of this book, the letters written by Muriel to Angela Clifford in the following few years. These letters fill out Muriel's public profile, and reveal her as a progressive well ahead of her time. Ireland is now catching up on her world-view. Perhaps this book will help to get her the acknowledgement she deserves, and give her her rightful place in the inclusive Ireland which is the current aspiration. 168 pp. Bibliography. Index.

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Price: £12.00

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Name: Myths From Easter 1916

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Author: Neeson, Eoin

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2007

ISBN: 978 1 903497 34 0

Contents: Eoin Neeson is the author of 23 books and 14 plays. Much of his historic writing has been devoted to subjects ignored or neglected before his own work appeared—The Civil War in Ireland; A History of Irish Forestry; Birth of the Republic; the Epic of the Tain—to name but four of his ground-breaking works.

In Myths from Easter 1916 he again breaks new ground, examining and disposing of myths that have grown and ripened with the years and also suggesting answers to the questions:—

i. Why did the Civil War occur? ii What might have happened had Michael Collins not been killed?

It is a book that no one interested in the course of formative Irish history can afford to miss.

Neeson was born and reared in Cork. Of his books, five, including this one, are on history. Much of his other work is devoted to Mythology, his most recent, An Tain, the Imperishable Celtic Epic, being the first narrative version of the entire epic in modern language. His historical novels under the pseudonym Donal O'Neill led to his being dubbed "the Walter Scott of Ireland". He now lives in Dublin and lectures at home and abroad.

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Name: Narrative History Of Ireland (Stair-Sheanchas Éireann)

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Author: Ó Siochfhradha, Mícheál

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Category: Gaelic Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2005

ISBN: 1 903497 21 3

Contents: Seo stair na hÉireann, ón tsean-aimsir go dtí an lá inniu, curtha in eagar ag Mícheál Ó Siochfhradha ó Chorcha Dhuibhne. Tá aistí eile sonnracha sa leabhar seo, mar atá, fianaise Phádraig Uí Shiochfhradha ("An Seabhac") i dtaobh Sheachtain na Cásca 1916, agus cur síos ar an tslí ar chuaigh cúrsaí domhanda i bhfeidhm ar stair na hÉireann sa fichiú aois. Má tá ré an aithbhreithiúnachais i stair scríobhtha na hÉireann ag teacht chun deiridh,is mithid breathnú siar arís ar an nós inar chuir stairithe na hÉireann an scéal ársa sin in iúl don tsaol. This is a narrative history of Ireland from prehistoric times until the present day. It gives a lucid, concise account of all the major events over two millenia. It is the perfect introduction to the course of Irish history and it was a standard school textbook for many years at Secondary level. It was originally published in Irish only by the Educational Company of Ireland. This is a bilingual edition. As in previous publications we have retained the original Gaelic script. Therefore, the book is both a study of history and a means of studying some Gaelic as well as an opportunity to appreciate a modern example of the unique Gaelic script.

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