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Name: The Contention Of The Poets

Subtitle: An essay in Irish intellectual history

Author: Minahane, John

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Category: Gaelic Collection

Publisher: Sanas Press

Published: 2000

ISBN: 0 9522582 4 2

Contents: This essay is an attempt to throw light on the lives and works of a few outstanding writers in the Irish Language, who were contemporaries of Shakespeare and Cervantes.

The Irish writers of that period are not well known…The reason for this is historical. In the 17th. century Gaelic Irish civilisation experienced a catastrophe, which led then and in the centuries following to a breach in culture
(From the introduction.)

Beginning with a review of the career of Fearghal Óg mac an Bháird, a gifted, exuberant and likeable professional poet of this period, John Minahane shows how the Gaelic men of learning responded in different ways to drastically changed circumstances. He presents the Iomarbhágh na bhfildead, or Contention of the Poets (when poets from North and South conducted a heated professional controversy) from the standpoints of the participants.

The attempt by the exiled Franciscan monks of Louvain to seize the intellectual leadership of Gaelic Ireland is emphasised. Flaithrí Ó Maolchonaire, founder and grand strategist of Louvain, master of Gaelic senchus and radical philosopher (the most difficult problem of Irish intellectual biography, according to the author) is highlighted as a key figure. The other key figure is Tadhg mac Dáire mac Bruaideadha, champion of Munster tradition…and something more.

Many poems are cited, giving the original Irish with adjacent translations. There are also two important political poems which have not been published before.

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Name: The Crime Against Europe

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Author: Casement, Roger

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: German-Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2003

ISBN: 0 85034 101 9

Contents: This is the first reprint of Roger Casement's only published book for almost half a century. Its subject is the British foreign policy which brought about the First World War.

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Price: £15.00

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Name: The Dublin/Monaghan Bombings 1974

Subtitle: A Military Analysis

Author: Morgan Lt. Col. (Retd.), John

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Belfast Historical & Educational Society

Published: 2013

ISBN: 978-1-872078-17-4

Contents: Despite official enquiries into the Dublin/Monaghan Bombings, no satisfactory answers have ever been found as to who carried them out.  Even though these Bombings caused the biggest loss of life of a single operation of the whole Troubles, garda investigations were wound up after three months—with no proper explanation of what had happened;  no prosecutions were ever brought.
  This book is about the efforts of Colonel Morgan to rescue the event from oblivion and to find answers as to what happened.  The author is a retired Army officer.  He helped in the making of two television programmes, Yorkshire Television's Hidden Hand:  The Forgotten Massacre and RTE's Friendly Forces.  Further effort by Colonel Morgan and others resulted in the Irish Government establishing the Barron Enquiry, which reported in 2003 and 2004.
To assist the Barron Tribunal, Colonel Morgan made a military analysis of the four bombing incidents, which occurred on 17th May 1974, the third day of the Ulster Workers' Council Constitutional Stoppage.  He concluded that, so sophisticated was the planning and execution of this operation, that it was impossible for Loyalists to have acted on their own.  Amongst the features which pointed to professional direction was the nature of the explosives used, the siting and strength of each bomb, and the timing devices which ensured that three car-bombs went off simultaneously at 5.30 pm on 17th May.  He also concluded that the fourth bomb, in Monaghan town centre, was a diversionary tactic which enabled the Dublin perpetrators to cross back to the North.  His enquiries led him to conclude that elements of British Military Intelligence, acting on the authority of their superiors, conceived and played a crucial part in the operation.  The object was to discourage Southern involvement in Northern affairs, destroy the Sunningdale Agreement, and discredit Harold Wilson's Labour Government.
Unfortunately, Justice Henry Barron was ultra-cautious in evaluating the evidence put before him.  Like Irish Governments down the years, he felt it was unthinkable that Britain would act in such a manner.  He dismissed Colonel Morgan's Submissions.
Part One of this book contains the Military Analyses presented by Colonel Morgan to the Barron Tribunal, while in Part Two the Colonel describes how he became involved, his interactions with the Judge, and the attempts to frighten him off the issue.  Annexes contain descriptions of the television programmes, and include documents of various kinds.
Angela Clifford supplies some context for the Bombing in an Introduction, and considers the Standards of Proof applied by Tribunals in an Afterword.
248pp, 3 colour maps, 2 diagrams 

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Name: The Dubliner

Subtitle: The Lives, Times And Writings of James Clarence Mangan

Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1988

ISBN: 0 85034 036 5

Contents: JAMES CLARENCE MANGAN was the complete Dubliner in prose and verse. He was born and bred in the city, served his literary apprenticeship in its popular Puzzle-books, and published his master-works in its serious magazines and political newspapers. Other famous Dublin writers were mainly published abroad, but Mangan was entirely published at home. Not a single poem or article of his was published in England. And yet Mangan was by far the most cosmopolitan of Dublin writers. Others went abroad and wrote about Dublin, but Mangan stayed at home and wrote about the world. Brendan Clifford reconstructs Mangan's Dublin and shows that Mangan flourished in a hiatus of freedom between two Ascendancies. He was born two years after the Act of Union freed the city from the Protestant Ascendancy, and he died two years before Cardinal Cullen began the work of confining its cultural life within Roman Catholic orthodoxy. The German phase in Irish national development - whose highest products were Mangan and Canon Sheehan - is restored here. There is a section on Mangan's richly exotic life as an Oriental. And his Gaelic aspect - which sometimes merges with the Oriental - is filled out beyond the customary three or four poems. And it is discovered that Mangan was a superb writer of prose in a mode of unacademic literary-philosophic reflection - at least as good as the best English writers of that time, or any time. In short, this book makes one astonished that no selection of Mangan's verse has been published for over eighty years, and that his prose has not seen the light of day for a hundred and forty years. Contains a tribute to Dennis Dennehy. 176 pp.

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Name: The Economics Of Partition

Subtitle: A Historical Survey Of Ireland In Terms Of Political Economy

Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: Northern Ireland Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1992

ISBN: 0 85034 074 8

Contents: "The Economics Of Partition" is a history of Ireland since the 17th century as seen through the categories of political economy. It evolved amidst the intense turmoil of West Belfast in 1969-72. It went through many editions as a pamphlet, growing with each edition, and made a discernible effect on the turmoil within which it was produced. Though unmistakably a product of nationalist Ireland, its purpose was to demolish the prevailing nationalist view of the Unionist community in Ulster. That view, though expounded by learned academics no less than by demagogic politicians, is shown to be a mere combination of ignorance and prejudice. Having lived a vigorous life as a vulgar pamphlet, "The Economics Of Partition" has now been reduced to respectability as a book. Its battle has been won. Many books now contain ideas which were first developed in it, and usually do so without acknowledging the source. The appearance of this source pamphlet in book form is therefore long overdue. 108 pp. Bibliography. Index.

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Name: The Events Of 1915

Subtitle: In The Ottoman Empire

Author: Walsh, Pat

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Category: General

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2013

ISBN: 978-0-85034-126-3

Contents: The events that occurred in Eastern Anatolia in 1915 should be located in a broader context than simply that of Turk against Armenian. Both Turks and Armenians were, after all, actors in a much wider drama that was unfolding in the world and any judgement about their actions can only be made with the knowledge that they were caught up in circumstances that were not of their choosing and were largely beyond their control.

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Price: £5.00

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Name: The Events Of 1915 (eBook)

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Author: Walsh, Pat

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Category: eBook

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2013

ISBN: 978-0-85034-126-3

Contents: The events that occurred in Eastern Anatolia in 1915 should be located in a broader context than simply that of Turk against Armenian. Both Turks and Armenians were, after all, actors in a much wider drama that was unfolding in the world and any judgement about their actions can only be made with the knowledge that they were caught up in circumstances that were not of their choosing and were largely beyond their control.

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Name: The Forged "Irish Bulletin"

Subtitle: Reproduction of British Government Forgeries

Author: Lane, Jack

Editor: Lane, Jack

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Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

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ISBN: 978 1 903497 86 9

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Name: The Forged "Irish Bulletin"

Subtitle: Reproduction of British Government Forgeries

Author: Lane, Jack

Editor: Lane, Jack

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2017

ISBN: 978 1 903497 86 9

Contents: The “Irish Bulletin” was the daily paper of the Irish Government established on the basis of the 1918 General election, the first Dáil Éireann. It was a hugely influential publication and played a crucial role in winning the War of Independence. The highest compliment possible was paid to it by the British Government when it set out to discredit it by forging a run of the paper. It was an audacious and desperate project and is proof of how concerned the Government had become about its effect on political opinion in Britain itself and internationally. This pamphlet is a collection of all the extant copies of the forgery and we are pretty sure that it is the complete run of what was published.

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Name: The Forged "Irish Bulletin"

Subtitle: Reproduction of British Government Forgeries

Author: Lane, Jack

Editor: Lane, Jack

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2017

ISBN: 978 1 903497 86 9

Contents: The “Irish Bulletin” was the daily paper of the Irish Government established on the basis of the 1918 General election, the first Dáil Éireann. It was a hugely influential publication and played a crucial role in winning the War of Independence. The highest compliment possible was paid to it by the British Government when it set out to discredit it by forging a run of the paper. It was an audacious and desperate project and is proof of how concerned the Government had become about its effect on political opinion in Britain itself and internationally. This pamphlet is a collection of all the extant copies of the forgery and we are pretty sure that it is the complete run of what was published.

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