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Name: The Irish Press

Subtitle: Fianna Fáil and the decline of the Free State

Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2007

ISBN: 978 1 903497 33 3

Contents: The opponents of the Treaty were utterly defeated in 1923 by the forces of the pro-Treaty party. Yet, within four years, the defeated party was equal in electoral support to the pro-Treaty party and formed the Government of the State five years later.

Effectively, it has remained in power ever since with interludes of coalition governments formed around the pro-Treaty party which has never since won an election in its own right.

This is a phenomenon that needs explaining. It appears to be taken for granted by most historians as if it was all in some way inevitable, even though nothing is inevitable in politics.

This book sets out to explain the crucial elements in the story that saw the formation and emergence of Fianna Fáil and how it first established itself as the major party of the state.

It also looks at the significance of the newspaper it founded, The Irish Press, and its unique contribution to Irish political and social development.

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Name: The Irish Times: Past And Present

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Author: Martin, John

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Belfast Historical & Educational Society

Published: 2008

ISBN: 978-1-872078-13-7

Contents: …a very fine journalist, an excellent man, but on Northern questions a renegade or white nigger".

Those were the words, from a conversation with the British Ambassador to Ireland, at a lunch meeting in 1969, which he duly reported without delay to his masters at the British Foreign Office. But who said them and to whom did they refer?

According to the British Ambassador, it was Major McDowell, the Chief Executive and a Director of The Irish Times who made those comments about Douglas Gageby, the most successful Editor in the history of that newspaper.

This conversation between the British Ambassador and Major McDowell forms the starting point of this book, which is a history of The Irish Times from 1859 to the present day.

A history of The Irish Times cannot avoid also being a history of the Anglo-Irish and their responsse to a number of developments: the rise of Irish nationalism in the nineteenth century; the Treaty; and the consolidation of the Republic in the 26 counties.

100 years after its foundation The Irish Times had reconciled itself to the new Irish State. It appeared that its Anglo-centric view of the Irish nation was moribund. And its new Editor, Douglas Gageby, was intent on rescuing the paper from oblivion by bringing it into the mainstream.

But then war broke out in Northern Ireland in 1969 and all bets were off. A crisis was precipated in Irish nationalism and The Irish Times found a new role for itself, which was not much different from its traditional one. Gageby was ousted, though returning for a time to rescue the paper again from the consequences of its political agenda.

The author lays bare the power structure of the newspaper which insists on transparency and openness for all other institutions in Irish life, but draws a discreet veil over its own activities. The Directors of the paper, along with the Editor, have to swear an Oath of Secrecy before a Commissioner for Oaths each year.

This book is essential for understanding one of the most important institutions in Irish life, and, therefore, the dynamics of Irish society itself.

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Price: £17.50

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Name: The Labour Opposition Of Northern Ireland

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Editor: Keenan, Joe

Category: Northern Ireland Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1991

ISBN: 0 85034 054 3

Contents: The 17 issues of "The Labour Opposition of Northern Ireland", reproduced here for the first time, originally appeared between March 1925 and June 1926. Published by the North Belfast Branch of the Independent Labour Party, it sought to define the terms of engagement for conflict between the newly-formed Northern Ireland Labour Party and the Unionist Government of the newly created state of Northern Ireland. The range of issues covered is vast?unemployment and the operation of the Poor Law, Women's Rights, municipal affairs, the state of industry and agriculture, the need for nationalisation, parliamentary and council reports, the proceeding organisation and affairs of the NILP, and much more; all the theory and practice of Socialism is here. And all said, as the editor, Hugh Gemmell, insisted it should be, with a kick! Every significant name in the history of the Belfast Labour Movement in the first half of the century is to be found arguing and declaiming in these pages: Harry Midgley, Sam Kyle, Ida Boyd, Bob M'Clung, Tommy Geehan, the inimitable "Slumdom Jack" McMullan, and many others. Joe Keenan's introduction sets The Labour Opposition in the context of its inevitable failure. Having been generated as part of the British Labour movement, and having contemplated the prospect of functioning in Home Rule Ireland, it suddenly found itself within the novel Constitutional and political entity called "Northern Ireland"—an unanticipated form of state, without tradition to sustain it or clear perspective to guide it. The Labour Opposition displayed great vigour and spirit in its efforts to cope with this new confusion of circumstances. But, in the end, circumstances got the better of it. Circumstances have changed a little. And some of us may feel we are a bit wiser than they were. But what those socialists who produced The Labour Opposition had in abundance—the vigour, the spirit, the belief in socialist possibility—is sadly lacking in the smarter but more cynical attitude of the present day. The Labour Opposition of the twenties failed in the most glorious spirit. It failed with a kick, and this record of its failing remains to kick-start the Labour Opposition of today. 212 pp. Illustrated. Index.

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Name: The Life And Death Of Mikie Dineen

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Author: Lane, Jack

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2002

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Price: £5.00

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Name: The Life And Poems Of Thomas Moore

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Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1993

ISBN: 0 85034 032 2

Contents: Thomas Moore, who wrote "The Minstrel Boy", "The Last Rose of Summer", etc., etc., is a name without associations in present day Ireland. The songs are familiar but the man is unknown. One expects to find him an inoffensive, pious, sentimental, uninteresting person, with a knack for putting words to tunes. The truth is surprising. The first Catholic admitted to Trinity College, the close friend of Robert Emmet, contributor to the United Irish newspaper, he achieved literary fame in England without sacrifice of integrity. He achieved fame through the "Melodies", notoriety through his erotic verse, and English literary immortality through his association with and biography of Byron. The "Edinburgh Review" denounced him as a menace to the moral fibre of Britain. At the height of his English fame he wrote a defence of agrarian terrorism in Ireland. He was the first modern Irish historian - and remains one of the best, though his writings are now unknown. He opposed the resurgence of intolerant Catholicism and refused to endorse O'Connell's Catholic nationalism. His nation was that envisaged by the United Irishmen. He had no time for O'Connell's nation - and O'Connell's nation has had no time for him. But the direction of development in Ireland has changed recently. And there is no major literary figure of the past who is so much in tune with the new spirit as Moore. This volume consists of a biography and a cross-section of the poems: patriotic, sentimental, erotic, philosophical - and readable. 2nd edition with 2 new appendices. 96 pp.

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Name: The Men I Killed

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Author: Crozier, General F.P.

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2002

ISBN: 0 58034 085 3

Contents: What made Brigadier General Frank Crozier from training the Ulster Volunteer Force in 1912-1914 and comanding the Black and Tan Irish 'policing' operation in 1920-1921 to a pugnacious pacifism in the 1920s and 1930s? That is a question not asked very often in these days of cultivated 'revisionist' amnesia. Coming from an Anglo-Irish military tradition, Crozier fought for King and Empire in the Boer War, in Africa, in Ulster, and in France during the Great War. He was knocked out of his groove?not because he was a sensitive soul, but because his Black and Tans were killing, looting, and generally terrorising Ireland with the approval of his political masters, who thwarted his attempts to discipline the forces under his command. These policies culminated in the burning down of the centre of Cork City (including the Carnegie Library) and an attempt to shift the blame for this atrocity onto the IRA. Crozier was appalled. He saw that this was not the way to hold Ireland but the way to lose it. He resigned his command in protest and sacrificed his military pension. In 1932 when the conflict over De Valera's repudiation of the 1921 Treaty began, he published an account of the Black and Tan war, hoping to improve Britain's conduct by reminding it of its misconduct, and thus to salvage something of the Irish-British connection. In the 1930s he was active in the Peace Pledge Union in Britain, along with people like George Lansbury, the Labour leader, and the Rev. Dick Sheppard. He understood the talk about "defence" to be preparation for another Great War, which he thought would be a disaster. Britain was still 'the' Great Power in those days and he urged it to use its power in another way. And perhaps his views have again become relevant in the present condition of the world. A feature of Crozier's pugnacious pacifism was his very readable autobiographical description of the brutal methods by which wars are won. The book contains selections from four of his books: "Impressions And Recollections", "A Brass Hat In No Man's Land", "Ireland For Ever", and "The Men I Killed".

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Name: The Moral Collapse Of The British Liberal Party Press In 1914

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Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: General

Publisher: Athol Books

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Contents: Problems of Capitalism & Socialism, No. 58

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Price: £1.50

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Name: The Nation: Volume One

Subtitle: Selections 1842-1844

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Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2000

ISBN: 1 903497 02 7

Contents: Contents include Young Ieland, Daniel O'Connell, Monster Meetings, State Trials, A New Culture. Introduction by Brendan Clifford. 152.pp Index

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Name: The O'Neill Years

Subtitle: Unionist Politics, 1963-1969

Author: Gordon, David

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Category: Northern Ireland Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1989

ISBN: 0 85034 039 X

Contents: Terence O'Neill's tenure as Prime Minister of Northern Ireland witnessed the first major split in the history of Ulster Unionism, and the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. Despite the importance of this crucial period, David Gordon's pioneering analysis is the first comprehensive examination of O'Neillism and its legacy. The O'Neill Years covers the period from 1963, when Terence O'Neill replaced Lord Brookeborough as Northern Ireland Premier, and ends with O'Neill's resignation just a few months before the arrival of troops on the streets of Belfast in August 1969. David Gordon reassesses O'Neill's role in Unionist politics in the 1960s, and concludes that Captain O'Neill's leadership was primarily responsible for the disintegration of Ulster Unionism at the end of the decade. David Gordon's seminal work presents a major challenge to traditional interpretations of modern Irish history and politics. 168 pp.

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Name: The Origin And Development Of The Parish Of Millstreet

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Author: Tucker, Fr. Sean

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2008

ISBN: 9781 9034976 44 9

Contents: In this booklet, Fr. Seán Tucker traces the history of Millstreet Parish across nearly a thousand years. It is the first such record of the Parish. It is based on detailed analyses of church records using many primary sources and is the result of a long-term interest in the area by Father Tucker - truly a labour of love.

Each phase of the Parish's history is also put in the context of its time, both nationally and internationally, and Father Tucker shows a great appreciation of all the forces that shaped our history and helped make us what we are.

Father Seán Tucker grew up in Ballydaly, was educated at Rathduane National School and at the De la Salle College in Waterford. He completed his priestly training at Oscott College, Birmingham, did further studies in Social Work at Aston and Selly Oak Colleges. He worked in the Archdiocese of Birmingham for 25 years. He spent three years in a Charismatic Community in the USA and worked in a parish in South Africa for the past 12 years.

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