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Name: The British Legion And Hitler

Subtitle: Lest We Forget

Author: Dyas, Eamon

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Category: General

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2005

ISBN: 0 85034 113 2

Contents: This pamphlet, which is not intended as an insult to the decent people who are members of the British Legion, is dedicated to the millions of decent human beings who perished on all sides during the First World War. It simply gives the history of the British Legion which shows it to have been a product of political duplicity on the part of the Establishment.

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Name: The Burning Of Cork

Subtitle: An Eyewitness Account

Author: Ellis, Alan J.

Editor: Lane, Jack

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2004

ISBN: 1 903497 16 7

Contents: Along with the eyewitness account of the burning of Cork by the Black & Tans are reminiscences by members of the Gloucester Regiment of their experiences in Kiskeam during the War of Independence. Also, some more miscellaneous items on Millstreet Town.

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Name: The Casement Diary Dogmatists

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Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Belfast Historical & Educational Society

Published: 2004

ISBN: 1 874157 09 X

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Name: The Catholic Bulletin and Republican Ireland

Subtitle: with special relevance to J. J. O'Kelly ('Sceilg')

Author: Murphy, Dr. Brian P (osb)

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2005

ISBN: 0 85034 108 6

Contents: This book analyses the development of different strands in the Irish national and cultural movements of the early years of the 20th century. From extensive and meticulous research Dr. Murphy provides new insights on the relationship between these tendencies and their evolution. He sets the record straight and challenges assumptions made by a number of the early revisionist historians. He focuses on the role of a key, but underrated, figure in that movement - J. J. O'Kelly, known as 'Sceilg' - and in particular on his role as editor of The Catholic Bulletin in the crucial post-1916 period. O'Kelly was also President of the Gaelic League (1919-22) and Acting Chairman of Dáil Éireann (1919-21). For its trenchant and well-argued justification of the Rising and the case it made for Independence to people at home and abroad the Bulletin was once described as "Ireland's heavy artillery". That seems a most apt description of it.

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Name: The Catholic Bulletin: The Politics Of Pre-War Europe, An Irish View

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Editor: Walsh, Pat

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2004

ISBN: 874157 06 5

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Name: The Catholic Predicament In Northern Ireland

Subtitle: Volume One: Catastrophe. 1914-1968

Author: Walsh, Pat

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Category: Northern Ireland Collection

Publisher: Belfast Historical & Educational Society

Published: 2014

ISBN: 978-1-872078-20-5

Contents: 'Catastrophe' is the first volume of a two part study of the Catholic Political Predicament in 'Northern Ireland'. It traces the predicament that the Nationalists of the Six Counties faced after suffering the disaster in 1920-1 of being forced to endure life in the perverse political entity that became known as 'Northern Ireland'. That devious construction of the Westminster Parliament was made for Imperial purposes, to serve as a political instrument that had nothing to do with the 'Better Government of Ireland' or its people. Before 'Northern Ireland' was called into existence, Joe Devlin and his community looked forward to a future in a self-governing Ireland within the Empire, as promised by the British Liberal Government. But that future was aborted—despite the great sacrifice made by the Northern Catholics in Britain's Great War for 'small nations' and 'self-determination'—after Unionism brought force into politics and won for its supporters in Ulster a territory under a pseudo-state, disconnected from the State within which Devlin had been a rising force. That pseudo-state, with its simulacrum Parliament, represented a false-front for the British State that remained in Ireland after the Irish democracy had asserted itself between 1918 and 1921. It involved the large Catholic minority playing the part of a permanently subdued community, policed by the majority community that had prevented it from achieving its historic destiny. And even Michael Collins could not save it from this awful nightmare. The Northern Catholics not only suffered Partition in 1920-1, being cut off from the rest of the Irish Nation, which entered a new phase of development without them, but they were also separated from the UK state and its functional political structures. They were, therefore, trapped in a political limbo between states, with no means of escape. And, as this book shows, their escape attempts were barred not only by the British State that had consigned them to this political quarantine but also by their brethren in the Irish State and its major party, Fianna Fail. This was an impossible predicament within a deeply dysfunctional arrangement that was bound to end in tears for all concerned. And indeed it did, in August 1969, after the Nationalists had engaged in the Sean Lemass fantasy that they could improve their position by playing "Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition" in Stormont.

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Name: The Catholic Predicament In Northern Ireland

Subtitle: Volume Two: Resurgence. 1969-2016

Author: Walsh, Pat

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Category: Northern Ireland Collection

Publisher: Belfast Historical & Educational Society

Published: 2016

ISBN: 978-1-872078-26-7

Contents: In August 1969 came a pivotal event in the collective experience of the Catholics of the North after the Unionist Pogrom of that month set off a defensive Insurrection. Things could never be the same again. And they weren't. The Catholic community, let down in its hour of need by both the British Labour Government of the State and Jack Lynch's Government in Dublin, for the first time fell back on its own resources. In the vital hour it produced something from itself that transformed its situation, turning its position from one of subordination to that of equality. The Insurrection turned into a 28 Year War that set out to solve, once and for all, the political predicament that the Catholic community of the North had been sealed into back in 1920-1 by Westminster. That was when Britain set up the perverse political construct known as 'Northern Ireland' that generated an eternal conflict between its two communities, in which ’the minority' always came off worst. Volume One in this series, aptly titled Catastrophe, gives an account of what happened between 1914 and 1968, The present volume tells the rest of the story, putting military and political developments in context. Resurgence explains why the primary responsibility for that conflict lies with the architects and operators of the system that gave the minority community a stark choice only between permanent second-class status or war. And it describes how that War was ended to the advantage of the community, though short of its final objective, in such an effective way that momentum was carried from war to politics. It is the story of how the Catastrophe of 1920-5 was transformed by the Resurgence of August 1969 so that the map of Ireland can be unfolded again.

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Name: The Causes Of The Rebellion In Ireland

Subtitle: And Other Writings

Author: Birch, Ledlie

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: United Ireland Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1991

ISBN: 0 85034 046 2

Contents: "The Causes Of The Rebellion In Ireland" was written in the late summer of 1798. The author, Thomas Ledlie Birch, Presbyterian minister at Saintfield, Co. Down, for twenty years, was tried by Courtmartial in June 1798 on a charge of having taken part in the Rebellion. Because of his able defence, his sentence was the mild one of exile to America. "The Causes Of The Rebellion" was written either en route to America or immediately on landing there. It was first published in America, and was immediately reprinted in London. It was one of a kind—a book by a leading light of the United Irish movement, written soon after he had escaped hanging, at a moment when the Rebellion had not yet been quite suppressed and a political settlement through an abolition of the Ascendancy Parliament had not yet been proposed. It reviews the political history of Ireland since the achievement of legislative independence by the Ascendancy Parliament in 1782. And it concludes that the probable outcome of the events of 1798 would be a military despotism. Brendan Clifford, in his introduction, argues that only the Act of Union warded off a government of military despotism. Also included is the full text of Birch's pamphlet, "Physicians Languishing Under Disease", directed against the movement within Presbyterianism known as the Seceders. This movement was the forerunner of the apolitical development which became influential in later generations. All political movements must try to locate themselves in history. Birch's "Address To The Synod Of Ulster" in 1793, of which a substantial extract is given here, was in tune with the general United Irish orientation. The fact that the familiar landmarks of half a century have been uprooted in this bicentenary year of the formation of the United Irishmen may enable the reader to envisage the historical conceptions of the United Irishmen more easily than they might have done a couple of years ago. Extracts from the "Letter From Saintfield", which Birch contributed to the United Irish paper, "The Northern Star", round out this selection. Publication of this book completes the trilogy of reprints from the writings of the United Irishmen of Antrim and Down. The others are "Scripture Politics" by the Rev. William Steel Dickson, Minister at Portaferry and reputed United Irish General for Co. Down; and "Billy Bluff and The Squire", by James Porter, Minister at Greyabbey, who was hanged in 1798. 112 pp.

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Name: The Contention Of The Poets

Subtitle: An essay in Irish intellectual history

Author: Minahane, John

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Category: Gaelic Collection

Publisher: Sanas Press

Published: 2000

ISBN: 0 9522582 4 2

Contents: This essay is an attempt to throw light on the lives and works of a few outstanding writers in the Irish Language, who were contemporaries of Shakespeare and Cervantes.

The Irish writers of that period are not well known…The reason for this is historical. In the 17th. century Gaelic Irish civilisation experienced a catastrophe, which led then and in the centuries following to a breach in culture
(From the introduction.)

Beginning with a review of the career of Fearghal Óg mac an Bháird, a gifted, exuberant and likeable professional poet of this period, John Minahane shows how the Gaelic men of learning responded in different ways to drastically changed circumstances. He presents the Iomarbhágh na bhfildead, or Contention of the Poets (when poets from North and South conducted a heated professional controversy) from the standpoints of the participants.

The attempt by the exiled Franciscan monks of Louvain to seize the intellectual leadership of Gaelic Ireland is emphasised. Flaithrí Ó Maolchonaire, founder and grand strategist of Louvain, master of Gaelic senchus and radical philosopher (the most difficult problem of Irish intellectual biography, according to the author) is highlighted as a key figure. The other key figure is Tadhg mac Dáire mac Bruaideadha, champion of Munster tradition…and something more.

Many poems are cited, giving the original Irish with adjacent translations. There are also two important political poems which have not been published before.

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Name: The Crime Against Europe

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Author: Casement, Roger

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: German-Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2003

ISBN: 0 85034 101 9

Contents: This is the first reprint of Roger Casement's only published book for almost half a century. Its subject is the British foreign policy which brought about the First World War.

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Price: £15.00

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