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Name: A Proposal For A Union Of Ireland And Britain

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Author: Downshire, Lord

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: Northern Ireland Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1994

ISBN: 1 874157 02 2

Contents: First Published 1751. Republished in "A Belfast Magazine", No. 13, Nov. 1994. With extract from J. A. Froude's "The English In Ireland In The 18th. Century". Introduction by Brendan Clifford. Pamphlet.

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Name: A Story Of The Armada by Captain Francisco de Cuellar

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Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: General

Publisher: Belfast Historical & Educational Society

Published: 1988

ISBN: 0 85034 037 3

Contents: Captain de Cuellar's narrative of his adventures in Connacht and Ulster after the wrecking of the Spanish Armada in Sligo. With additional material by Joe Keenan, Madawc Williams, Pope Sixtus the Fifth and Admiral Monson.

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Name: About Behaving Normally

Subtitle: In Abnormal Circumstances

Author: Fennell, Desmond

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2007

ISBN: 978 085034 116 4

Contents: Ireland during the author's lifetime constitutes the abnormal circumstances of the title.

Desmond Fennell, having reached adulthood with a normal interest in the world at large, a compulsion to write about it, and an assumption that the Irish were normally human, found himself at odds with the mental and writing habits of his compatriots, academics included. For them, it seemed an unwritten law had decreed that they should write only about Ireland and its affairs, past and present. Fate had rendered the Irish a special people, set apart from mankind.

After recounting how he lived through and tackled this abnormal situation, Fennell proceeds on his by now well know way. In essays, ranging from meditative to startling, he deals with Irish history and the Irish present, Italian painting, Winckelmann's myth-making, Europe's history and its present plight, the defeat of feminism, the special position of the Jews, and the birth of Amerope.

Finally, in a diary which gives the background to many of these essays, discusses the Irish lack of enterprise, and concludes in Maynooth, he provides a view not hitherto available of Desmond Fennell, the private man.

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Price: £15.00

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Name: Adam Smith:

Subtitle: - Wealth Without Nations

Author: Williams, Gwydion M.

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Category: General

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2000

ISBN: 0 85034 084 5

Contents: The "Wealth of Nations" (1776) provided the theoretical foundations for a Political Economy of the right, much as "Das Kapital" did for the left. The division of labour, necessity for small government, free trade, and need to promote productive?as opposed to non-productive labour, are ideas supposed to have found their theoretical justification and development in this seminal work. That supposition turns out to be ill-founded. Gwydion Williams has cast a critical eye on this very much unread 'foundation-text' of capitalism. He has found that Smith provided an ideology, rather than a scientific foundation, for British pioneering industrial capitalism. For instance, the well-known descriptive term, "the invisible hand" of the market, is not a worked-out idea of Smith's, but merely a phrase which occurs a couple of times in his work. As for the famous "division of labour", the productive advantages of which are used to justify de-skilling and mindless factory work, Williams finds that Smith's advocacy of it is ill-based. To begin with, what Smith describes is not the division of labour between different trades, but fragmentation of work. And his famous example of pin-making proves the opposite of what Smith intended: it was the pre-industrial State-sponsored bodies that pioneered the making of pins by labour sub-division. And, as Williams points out, the Division of Labour is as old as society itself, was commented on by Plato, and is not a particular feature of Industrial Capitalism. Indeed, the industrialism with which it has become associated can be developed by any social system. Even worse for Smith's case, it emerges that pin-making was a trade which very much developed and prospered under the protection of the State. Britain's economic revolution flourished on the huge profits from systematic capitalist plantation slavery, which financed technological innovation in Britain, as well as on the availability of a destitute workforce, driven from the land by enclosures in Britain?all within a political context where traditional structures had been disrupted by a century of political turmoil. Gwydion Williams writes fluently and in everyday language. His book provides an insight into Smith's political origins as well as a critique of a work which continues to provide ideological cover for market predators.

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Name: Against Ulster Nationalism

Subtitle: Northern Ireland Politics After The 1974 UWC General Strike

Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: Northern Ireland Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1992

ISBN: 0 85034 061 6

Contents: "Against Ulster Nationalism" is a combination of historical explanation and political argument. It was first published in 1975 with the object of thwarting the efforts of a group of British Foreign Office civil servants attached to the Northern Ireland Office to create an "Ulster Nationalist" movement among the Loyalist paramilitaries. The formal structure of the work is a line by line analysis of an article advocating Ulster Nationalism, published by Tom Nairn, a Marxist intellectual associated with the "New Left Review". Within this formal structure, a wealth of historical information about the development of both the Catholic and Ulster Protestant communities is deployed. But, though Nairn is the formal object of the argument, the real object is Merlyn Rees—Rees was then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. In the immediate aftermath of the Ulster Workers' Council Strike of 1974, he purported to discover that the success of the Strike resulted from a new and powerful element in the political life of Northern Ireland—Ulster Nationalism. When no sign of an Ulster Nationalist movement manifested itself during the months following the Strike, the Secretary of State gave his civil servants the task of bringing it into being. "Against Ulster Nationalism" counterposed the sheer power of reason against the immense powers of patronage and persuasion commanded by the Northern Ireland Office. Its reasoning had considerable influence on the ground in Ulster among people of both communities, and the state-sponsored Ulster Nationalist movement never got off the Civil Service drawing board. Having been out of print as a pamphlet for more than a decade, it is now reissued in book form, both as a historical document in the double sense of including much historical material and of having played some part in history, and as a political argument which is still relevant because the long political vacuum in Northern Ireland has recently given rise to the spontaneous growth of some popularly based Ulster Nationalist sentiment. 88 pp. Index.

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Name: Aislingí / Vision Poems

Subtitle: With translations by Pat Muldowney, Introductory material by P. Dinneen.

Author: O'Sullivan, Eoghan Rua

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Category: Gaelic collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2013

ISBN: 978-1-903497-79

Contents: Eoghan Rua Ó Súilleabháin is one of the greatest poets that Ireland has produced. When he died in 1784, a mourner said to the parish priest that the clergy would no longer have any complaint to make of Eoghan. The priest replied that Eoghan’s death was a greater loss than the loss of dozens of priests. "Because", he said, "priests may be produced any day by the expenditure of money. But all the money in Ireland would not produce another poet like Eoghan Rua." The vision poems or Aislingí are reprinted in this book, along with explanatory notes and English translations by Pat Muldowney. In this second edition the poems are produced in the Gaelic and Roman texts on facing pages.A companion volume of Eoghan Rua's other poems was published in 2009. Also included is an analysis by Brendan Clifford of Ireland in the 18th century, putting revisionist history under the spotlight. Tugtar Eoghan an Bhéil Bhinn ar Eoghan Rua Ó Súilleabháin – agus ní binneas go na hAislingí san leabhar seo, an ceann tosaigh de shraith leabhar chun filíocht Eoghain Rua a chur ar fáil arís. I mbliain a 1901 do céad-chuireadh Amhráin Eoghain Ruaidh Uí Shúilleabháin i gcló, agus i mbliain a 1916 do dhóigh teine na Cásca bunchló an leabhair sin. Cuireadh i gcló arís iad i 1923 agus 1937. Is beag má’s féidir leis an saol Gaelach dul chun cinn gan mórdhacht is gan binneas Eoghain, agus dá bhrí sin féach arís é ag dul ós comhair an phobail ina mhaise agus in a chalmacht.

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Name: All The Owners Of Land In Cork In 1872

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Editor: Lane, Jack

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2004

ISBN: 1 903497 20 5

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Name: Alsace-Lorraine And The Great Irredentist War

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Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: General

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2006

ISBN: 1 874 157 17 0

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Name: An Address To The People Of Ireland

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Author: Tone, Wolfe

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: United Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1996

ISBN: 0 85034 077 2

Contents: A reprint of the 1796 Manifesto in which Wolfe Tone justifies the separation of Ireland From Britain with the assistance of French arms, as well as of Cox's acute 1811 scenario of what life would have been like in Ireland under the protection of Napoleon Bonaparte Introduction by Brendan Clifford. Pamphlet

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Name: An Answer To Revisionists

Subtitle: Éamon Ó Cuív T.D. and others launch Sean Moylan's Memoir

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Editor: Lane, Jack

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2004

ISBN: 1 903497 18 3

Contents: This pamphlet celebrates the launch of Sean Moylan's Memoir of the War of Independence by Éamon Ó Cuív TD earlier this year (2004). It includes his speech on that occasion and those of others at the launch. In addition there is an extensive review of the Memoir by Michael O'Riordan and the three Epilogues to the three editions of the Memoir by Brendan Clifford which puts it in its historical context. Also included, and published for the first time, is Moylan's correspondence with Joseph McGarrity in the 1920s which gives an indication of his activities and his thinking as it developed between the War of Independence and the beginning of his Dáil career.

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