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Name: Propaganda as Anti-History

Subtitle: Peter Hart's 'The IRA and its Enemies' examined

Author: Sheridan, Owen

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2008

ISBN: 9781-903497-41-8

Contents: Because historians tell the story of humanity, we depend on them for our understanding of who and what we are. But writers of history can also distort the story, presenting their subjects, not as people, but as caricatures of good and evil. When such distortion becomes serious and deliberate, Owen Sheridan describes it as anti-history.

Using a detailed examination of The IRA and Its Enemies, Sheridan shows how writer Peter Hart removes the humanity of IRA Volunteers during the War of Independence, depicting them as the popular press in Britain depicted Germans during the First World War—as objects of hatred. His Anti-History is a wake-up call, not only for historians but for thinking people everywhere.

Owen Sheridan grew up in Country Cork, where members of his family have been local historians for several generations. Most of his adult life has been spent out of Ireland where he worked in construction and real estate. He is now retired and living in the United States. Anti-History is his second book.

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Name: Puritanism And The Theatre

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Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: General

Publisher: Belfast Historical & Educational Society

Published: 2014

ISBN: ISBN: 978-1-872078-

Contents: It is not well known that the English Reformation suppressed the theatre in England, not once but twice. First there was Henry VIII's suppression of the mediaeval theatre, because traditional culture was permeated by the old religion. Miracle plays and suchlike became a form of thought-crime. Henry's absolute State required a thorough re-moulding of the populace and that included theatrical life. Half a century later the State encouraged the development of a new development of theatre, to provide entertainment for Elizabeth and her courtiers. The Stuarts who followed her also promoted a new form of theatre which flourished, and which had a marked anti-Puritan bias. Stuart (or Jacobean) theatre was anathema to the new Puritan religious development. A coup d'etat was brought about by Puritan forces in 1641. England became a rigorous Protestant theocracy and Oliver Cromwell abolished theatre for a second time. English social life came under the control of forces nowadays described as fanatical, radical or fundamentalist. Dating from this era, William Prynne's comprehensive Christian case against the theatre is described. After the Cromwellian governing arrangement ran into the ground, the Stuarts were brought back to power. With them came a new development of theatre after 1660, but only in a limited form under Government licence. In 1740 an attempt at political theatre was nipped in the bud. This is discussed in connection with Charlotte Brooke, an early translator of Irish verse, whose father wrote the banned play Gustavus Vasa. These events were described in an entertaining manner in a series of articles for The Heresiarch (Editor, Joe Keenan) which are reproduced here. Then there is a comment on Synge and Sean O'Casey, questioning a suggestion made on Radio Eireann that The Playboy and The Plough were met with hostile demonstrations because their authors were Protestants. Around the theme of Showgirls, the depiction of sex in popular discourse is considered. The overall surprising conclusion is that Puritanism abolished, along with theatre, the traditional communal medium of social life, creating a vacuum which is filled in the Anglo-sphere by an upsurge of theatre. The population lives its community life through theatrical presentations on stage, screen and air-waves.

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Name: Readings from Pearse Ferriter

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Author: Ferriter, Pearse

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Category: Gaelic Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 1999

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Contents: Readings of Pearse Ferriter's Gaelic poems by Boscó Ó Concúir.

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Name: Remembering Gallipoli

Subtitle: President McAleese's Great War Crusade

Author: Walsh, Pat

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2010

ISBN: 978 1 903497 24 3

Contents: The Irish President Mrs. Mary McAleese pays an official visit to Turkey to unveil a memorial to the Irish who died in the British invasion at Gallipoli in 1915. Such a visit is an unusual departure for Ireland, given the historical perspective of the independent Irish State.

Gallipoli is quite a famous battle in Ireland and many people know that there was Irish participation in it. However, the Irish participation at Gallipoli has never been commemorated in the same way that, for example, Australians and New Zealanders have marked it. However, tours organized from Ireland, to coincide with the visit of Mrs. McAleese, have advertised themselves as 'The Gallipoli Pilgrimage'—a phrase with religious meaning, borrowed from previous Australian commemorations.

There is a view in Australia that their participation in the Gallipoli landings was a major milestone in the forging of the Australian nation. Paul Keating, the former Premier, caused something of a controversy a few years ago when he dissented from this view and remarked:

"Gallipoli was shocking for us… Dragged into service by the imperial government in an ill-conceived and poorly executed campaign, we were cut to ribbons and dispatched. In some respects we are still at it; not at the suffering and the dying, but still turning up at Gallipoli… we still go on as though the nation was born again or even was redeemed there. This is utter and complete nonsense. For these reasons I have never been to Gallipoli and I never will" (The Age, October 31, 2008).

Whether Australia was born at Gallipoli or not, the same cannot be said of Ireland and the Irish participation in the assault on Turkey......

A Belfast Magazine, No. 37

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Name: Roger Casement: A Reassessment Of The Diaries Controversies

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Author: Wilson, Mairead

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2005

ISBN: 1 0 85034 112 4

Contents: Published for the Roger Casement Foundation by Athol Books.

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Name: Scripture Politics

Subtitle: Selections From The Writings Of Rev. William Steel Dickson

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Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: United Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1991

ISBN: 0 85034 044 6

Contents: Selected and introduced by Brendan Clifford. This selection includes extracts from his "Narrative Of Confinement And Exile" (1812); his writing on the American War (1778); his'Sermon On The Propriety And Advantages Of Acquiring The Knowledge And Use Of Arms" (1777); "Scripture Politics" (1793); "Retractions" (1813), produced in the course of his dispute with the leaders of the Synod Of Ulster; and "Last Sermons" (1817). 160 pp.

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Name: Sean Moylan - In His Own Words

Subtitle: His memoir of the Irish War of Independence

Author: Moylan, Sean

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2003

ISBN: 1 903497 11 0

Contents: Sean Moylan was the Republican military commander in North Cork during the most intense phase of the War of Independence. Thirty years later he wrote an account of his part in that war—and it was placed in the Bureau of Military History along with the accounts of many others. These memoirs of the people who actually conducted the war were to have been held in a closed archive for a certain period before being opened to the public. That period was extended several times but the material was finally made available in March 2003. Sean Moylan was perhaps the public figure who was most representative of the men who ensured that the British state could not peacefully cast aside the electoral mandate of the 1918 election in Ireland, and who compelled it to concede to force at least part of what it denied to the ballot-box. He was a carpenter by vocation. There were, of course, soldiers by vocation amongst his colleagues in the war—Tom Barry whom he admired, and Ernie O'Malley whom he took good-humouredly with a pinch of salt being the outstanding ones—but Moylan never became one of them. He went to war from a sense of duty founded in the self-respect of a republican citizen, and then he gave up the business of soldiery. He later became a Government Minister, having been drawn into politics thanks to the Civil War—being one of those who brought about the resurgence which developed the defeated side in the Civil War into the party which has dominated the state ever since 1932: Fianna Fail. And, when he wrote his memoir of the War of Independence, it was not for publication! He was Minister for Agriculture when he died in 1957. This is an account of a piece of history by a man who made it. The present work includes Moylan's memoir, along with a number of his speeches and poems. An epilogue by Brendan Clifford provides the context in which Moylan and his colleagues were forced to win by the bullet what Britain refused to concede to the ballot, and reviews current misrepresentations of the War of Independence.

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"Seán Moylan - in his own words" was launched by Éamon Ó Cuív TD, Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs at the Aubane Community Centre. Mr. O Cuiv's remarks can be read here.

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Name: Seán Moylan - was he a rebel?

Subtitle: A review of Aideen Carroll's Seán Moylan - rebel leader

Author: Lane, Jack

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2010

ISBN: 978 1 903497 61 6

Contents: A full biography of Sean Moylan was long overdue and anyone interested in Moylan and his inside story of the War of Independence would welcome any additional information on his life and actions. This biography provides some interesting and useful new information. As the biographer, Aideen Carroll, being a granddaughter of Moylan, had access to family records it also includes very interesting family records and photographs that have not hitherto been published. However, this review argues that there are aspects of the biography that do not do justice to Moylan and presents a less than accurate and fair account of some of his political positions.

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