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Name: Slovak Spring

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Author: Novomesky, Ladislav

Editor: Minahane, John

Category: General

Publisher: Belfast Historical & Educational Society

Published: 2004

ISBN: 1 872078 10 9

Contents: Ladislav Novomesky's poems and literary essays, originally written in Slovak, are published here in English for the first time. Novomesky is a valuable witness of the twentieth century, seen from Central Europe during the key period from the 1920s to the 1970s. He writes, for example, about time flying, things lost, and finding oneself stranded in time and the gambles one might take to try to avoid that fate. The introduction by John Minahane reviews the entire body of his writing, which is presented as 'part of the missing intellectual history of the twentieth century - missing until now in the English-speaking lands'.

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Name: Spotlights On Irish History

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Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 1997

ISBN: 0 9521081 5 1

Contents: "Spotlights On Irish History" looks at major personalities, movements and events through which Ireland developed from what Pearse called a "mob" into a nation. Brendan Clifford, at a series of meetings held in his native Slieve Luacra, looked over the past from the standpoint of the present. Slieve Luacra is a region in which, amidst all the "revisionist" undermining, the past has held firm enough to make this possible. The book consists of accounts of those meetings, the discussions as well as the opening talks. The participants in those history meetings were not academics doing what they were paid for. They were farmers, workers, business people and teachers who had done their day's work and were at the meetings on the basis of sheer interest. It had not been our intention to cite any press comments in our praise, but as we go to print the "Sunday Business Post", through the pen of Mary Ellen Synon, has made such a flattering comment on the "Aubane Historical Society" that we cannot refrain from quoting it: "I know enough about North Cork to know that the society has just about six active members and none of them historians". Talks given at Duhallow Heritage Centre on?*The Confederation of Kilkenny Battles of Knocknanoss and Knockbrack; *Edmund Burke And The United Irishmen, Their relevance in Ireland today; *John Philpot Curran Of Newmarket; *Daniel O'Connell And Republican Ireland; *The Famine ; *The Irish Civil War, the conflict that shaped the state; *with extra material on Roy Foster's "History" and other matters. 168 pp. Illustrations. Index.

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Name: The Great Fraud Of 1914-18

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Author: Walsh, Pat

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Category: General

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2014

ISBN: ISBN 978-0-85034-12

Contents: The Great War of 1914 was Britain's Great War. But it should also be called Britain's Great Fraud on Ireland and the world. When Britain encouraged and then entered the European war that was taking shape in August 1914 it made it into a Great War. It was Great Britain that put the Great in the Great War. That is to say that without Great Britain's participation in it there would have been no Great War. In entering the European war Britain stated its aims in grand universal terms that were idealistic in the extreme. These aims were not only idealistic and unachievable but they were fraudulent. The objective of the Great Fraud was to show to the world that Britain was fighting a good war against an evil that had to be vanquished. The war was proclaimed as being for "civilisation against the Barbarian", for "democracy" against "Prussianism". And it was also supposedly a "war for small nations" for "poor little Belgium" or for "gallant Servia" and for a host of other long forgotten things. But what it came down to was a pulverising of Germany and the taking of its trade and markets in what was a traditional Balance of Power war catastrophically invested with a great moral mission. The Fraud that was perpetrated on Ireland and the world, concerning the character of the war Britain proclaimed itself to be fighting, was produced in order to convince any doubters, at home and abroad, about the rightfulness of it. These reasons were also later useful in enlisting the cannon fodder necessary to see the job through. And when Britain's Great War did not prove great enough to achieve its objectives and the United States had to be procured as an ally to complete the job the Great Fraud was both perpetuated and enhanced. A massive propaganda effort was launched that not only coloured the settlement of the war to the detriment of Europe and beyond but also created the myths that mystify understanding of it to this day. And so vast armies were recruited for the waging of the war and millions of people were killed in it, including tens of thousands of Irishmen who enlisted in the British Army to fight, inspired by the professed ideals of establishing 'Democracy' and the 'Rights of Small Nations' universally, and especially in Ireland. Britain's Great War and the Home Rulers decision to take part in it had momentous consequences for Ireland. Out of it came the fall of the Home Rule Party and of 'Imperial Ireland' as a result of Britain failing to win the quick victory that was expected. As well, in revulsion against the murderous British swindle, there came the rise of the Irish democracy and the Irish Republic.

Extracts: Part 1. Delenda est Germania The island nation The Problem of Germany Socialized Germany The commercial war Keeping British supremacy The making of a Great War England's Strategic Reorientation Britain and France Britain and Russia The Command of the Seas Britain's continental army Encirclement of Germany The Disarming of Dissent Gallant Serbia Constantinople to Baghdad. Part 2. The War on Germany The issue of Belgium Edward Grey's speech Belgium and the collapse of war opposition "Poor Little Belgium" War propaganda The Redmondite Fraud "Prussianism" The Great Moral War Redmond's War The Italian job The blockade of Germany The starvation blockade The submarine response The fall of The Liberal Government Conscription Pope Benedict's Peace effort Ireland in 1916 Part 3. The War on the Ottoman Empire The War on the Baghdad Railway Britain and the Young Turks Britain’s war on the Ottoman Empire The Gallipoli crusade Demise of Serbia The British and neutral Greece The destruction of the Ottoman Empire The Armenian tragedy Britain and Zionism Christian Fundamentalism and the Great War Anti-Semitic Zionism Triple-cross of the Arabs Britain and Iraq Part 4. The endgame and after Benedict’s Peace Note The Peace of No Peace The Fourteen Points and the Armistice The Siege of Europe Germany besieged The Official History Producing ‘The Huns of 1940’ The Famine lever Treaty of Versailles Across the Blockade Britain and the League Ireland and the war for small nations The problem of ‘self-determination’ The Northern Catholics

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Name: The 'Boys' of the Millstreet Battalion Area

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Editor: Lane, Jack

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2003

ISBN: 1 903497 124

Contents: Some personal accounts of the War of Independence by veterans of the Battalion. 63 pp.

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Name: The 'Cork Free Press' In The Context of The Parnell Split

Subtitle: The Restructuring of Ireland, 1890-1910

Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 1998

ISBN: 0 9521081 06 10

Contents: Aftermath of the Irish Big Bang: Redmondism; Fenians; Clericalism; The Land War; Russellites; Land & Labour League, and All-For-Ireland League?an Irish pluralist political development originating in County Cork. 168pp. Index.

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Name: The Administration Of Ireland, 1920

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Author: Street, Major C. J. C.

Editor: Walsh, Pat

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2001

ISBN: 0 85034 089 6

Contents: In 1920 it must have been inconceivable to British governing circles, and British public opinion in general, that Britain could 'lose' Ireland. Large additions had recently been made to the Empire by victory in the Great War. Imperial glory was at its height. And the possibility that the Empire should begin to unravel so close to home was not to be entertained. And so, when England's oldest colony—the other green and pleasant land which had so often been conquered and so often been declared to be irrevocably British?voted to be independent in the 1918 General Election, the British Parliament and Government decided to take no notice of the vote. Major Street was part of the mighty military machine that had just won the greatest war in history and that was now deployed in support of the British Administration of Ireland against the will of the Irish electorate. He had specialised in Intelligence and Propaganda in the World War, and he was now deputed to provide propaganda legitimacy for the Black-and-Tan War. The book he produced is of interest as a coherent statement of the British case, published while the British Government still had the expectation of winning that war. And it has the further interest that Major Street had privileged access to the secret files of the Dublin Castle administration and made informative use of them. The book is thus both itself a historical document and a source of documents not generally available. It is of course written with propaganda 'spin', which the reader will allow for as he sees fit. The "Administration Of Ireland, 1920" is reproduced in full, along with the original Index. But we have not reproduced the green cover embossed with crowned harp in which it first appeared. This is followed by a substantial extract from "Ireland in 1921"—a disillusioned book published in 1922, when Britain had given up the attempt to maintain direct control of Ireland, had negotiated with the 'murderers' as statesmen, and was attempting to keep Ireland within the indirectly-held Empire, the "Commonwealth", as had been done with the South African Boers. Major Street, the intelligent and purposeful Imperialist, let his pain at this "compromising" turn of events be felt. That was at a time when therre was in England an incipient fascist movement, determined to maintain the glory of Empire against the "hidden hand" which was manipulating the "dark forces" of dissolution. A review of Major Street's other books is provided by Brendan Clifford, showing that muc that British propaganda of later times attributed to German Militarism or Fascism was to be found much closer to home. An introduction to the "British Administration Of Ireland, 1920" is provided by Dr. Pat Walsh, author of "Republicanism And Socialism" and "From Civil Rights To National War". 192 pp. (9.5" x 6") Bibliography. Index.

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Name: The Armenian Insurrection And The Great War

Subtitle: Including two pamphlets by and "Armen Garo"

Author: Walsh, Pat

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Publisher: Belfast Historical & Educational Society

Published: 2015

ISBN: 978-1-872078-23-6

Contents: The Great Calamity that engulfed the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire in 1915 has been narrowed down to a single question: Was the Young Turk Government in Istanbul guilty of Genocide? But the tragedy of the deaths of great numbers of Armenians, Turks and Kurds is inexplicable if confined solely to this. And it obscures important historical questions around the issues of instigation and betrayal that should be raised around these events. So a context is required to explain what really happened to produce such a disaster. That context is the Great War and the Armenian Insurrection. The Armenian Insurrection is described by a leading figure in it, the Dashnak revolutionary Dr. Pasdermadjian (Armen Garo), in writings long since forgotten. These put a very different complexion on the events of 1915. They describe a great moment of decision when the very existence of a people was gambled in the struggle for a Great Armenia, carved out of Ottoman territories in which the Armenians constituted a small minority. His two pamphlets reprinted here reveal that the 1914 Ottoman offer of an autonomous Armenian State was rejected by Armenians when what they thought was a better offer came from America, Britain and France. The price was that they fight the Ottomans. They gambled and lost, bringing disaster on the Armenian people. Also included is a commentary by Pat Walsh on the origin and development of 'the Armenian Question' and its culmination and final resolution in the catastrophic events in Anatolia brought about by the Great War. This reveals the instrumental part played by the Liberal Anglosphere in foisting dangerous notions of historic destiny on the Armenians and then a fraudulent war that encouraged them to destruction. When remembering the Armenian Great Calamity what should be sought is not only the truth, but the whole truth.

Extracts: No extracts at this time ERRATA Page 81 paragraph 2 "influence" should read "auspices". Page 81 paragraph 3 "God" should read "Christ" (twice). Page 81 paragraph 4 "Arafat" should read "Ararat" (twice). Page 102 paragraph 6 "Nicholas" should read "Alexander"

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Name: The Arms Conspiracy Trial

Subtitle: Ireland, 1970: The Prosecution Of Charles Haughey, Captain Kelly and Others

Author: Clifford, Angela

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2009

ISBN: 1 874157 20 2

Contents: The Arms Trial is the central point of the Arms Crisis of 1969-70—an event in Irish political life provoked by British misgovernment in Northern Ireland.

At issue was whether Irish Governments were to actively assist the defence of a beleaguered Northern minority, or leave Catholics to fend for themselves under the shock of the assault made on them in August 1969.

Taoiseach Jack Lynch delivered a speech promising not to "stand by" on 13th August. If that speech was not to be followed through with active assistance to the Nationalist minority, then it was irresponsibly inflammatory.

Lynch ordered his Army to do what it had never done before—to envisage incursions into the North and make preparations for them. Representatives of the Army established working relationships with the Northern Defence Committees which brought together a wide spectrum of Catholic opinion in the North.

Then, suddenly in May 1970, Lynch shocked the countryby sacking two senior members of his Government without explanation and charging them with conspiracy against the State a couple of weeks later. An officer in Military Intelligence, who had done no more than carry out orders, within the chain of command, was also charged with conspiracy. It was denied that the Government policy from August 1969 to May 1970 had ever been Government policy.

But official documents have come to light which gave the lie to Lynch and supported the Defence pleading and the Jury verdict.

In particular, it pointed to a Government Directive to the Army of 6th February 1970 to assist Northern defence—a document since released and reproduced in this book.

Colonel Michael Hefferon, Captain Kelly's commanding officer and the Director of Military Intelligence, was listed as the premier Prosecution witness. If he had given the evidence expected of him, it is possible that the Defendants would have been given long jail sentences. In the event, he found he could not perjure himself and told enough State secrets in Court to confirm that the attempted Arms Importation was indeed conducted under Government auspices. Hefferon's original police Statement, which implicated Defence Minister Gibbons in the operation was doctored for the Trial. It was released under the 30-year rule, and is reproduced in this book, along with the version submitted to the Court.

The second main witness was Gibbons, whose prevaricating performance in the witness box appalled all those eager to see convictions, including the British Ambassador to Dublin.

On the evidence placed before the Court, it was impossible to convict and the jury didn't. But interested parties immediately started to undermine that verdict and have continued to do so.

Using newspaper reports, this book provides an account of the Court case and sets it in the context of released official documents—many of them Top Secret—from both Irish and British Archives. It allows the principals to speak for themselves.

The Arms Crisis cannot be understood without knowing what happened in the Arms Trial—and that is what this book is about.

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Name: The Arms Crisis: What Was It About?

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Author: Clifford, Angela

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2009

ISBN: 978-1-874158-22-6

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Name: The Bard

Subtitle: Seán Riobaird O Súilleabháin

Author: Keane, Barry

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Category: Irish History

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2012

ISBN: 978-1-903497-73-9

Contents: John Robert O Sullivan made Millstreet famous during the Land War. His fight with the landlords and land agents led to intense repression in Millstreet between 1881 and 1891. At one stage the small town of Millstreet had more than 80 armed police to enforce the law. This book tells the story of his life, the main events of the Land War at that time, and his eventual conviction in 1891 at a show trial in Nenagh before 'a hanging orange judge with a packed jury'. He received 24 years hard labour, leaving a wife and six small children behind. This is also the story of their struggle to survive in the face of impossible odds.

About The Author

Barry Keane is a History and Geography teacher and the author of a number of books and articles across many subjects including Protestant decline in post-independence Ireland. He is also a mountaineer and has authored a series of five hill-walking and rock-scrambling guidebooks for the South of Ireland. Most importantly for this book he is the great grandson of the Bard.

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