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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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Price: £5.00

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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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Price: £12.00

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Name: The Battle Of Crossbarry

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Author: Neeson, Eoin

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2008

ISBN: 978-1-903497-40-1

Contents: The action at Crossbarry in West Cork in March 1921 was, from the Irish point of view, the most successful of all the battles of the War of Independence.

One hundred and four Irish troops of the special Flying Column fought their way successfully through surrounding, closing-in, British troops amounting to 1,200 men.

While this remarkable feat has been acknowledged and applauded world-wide, and used as a text-book example in military colleges from Sweden and the USA to Egypt, the full story is as yet little-known in Ireland.

This booklet is intended to redress the balance.

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Price: £8.00

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Name: The Battles Of Knocknanoss And Knockbrack

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Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

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Contents: The story of two battles involving the Confederation of Kilkenny in the 17th century English Civil War.

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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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Price: £6.00

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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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Price: £20.00

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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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Price: £5.00

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