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Name: William O'Brien And His World

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Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2010

ISBN: 978-1-903497-64-7

Contents: Account of a Talk given at Kanturk Trades Union Hall, Feile Duhallow, 2008.

The difficulty in saying something about William O'Brien lies in knowing what is generally known about him. And, if little or nothing is generally known about him, to know how much is known about the world in which he lived and acted, as a context in which he might be presented.
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My impression was that he was a forgotten figure, even amongst historians in the Universities, and that mention of his name was likely to bring to mind another man of the same name, William O'Brien, James Connolly's associate who built the Transport Union into a mass organisation during the years after Connolly was killed. But if our William O'Brien was remembered anywhere, it should be in North Cork—in Mallow where he was born, and in Kanturk where the independent, Anti-Redmondist national movement which he launched had its source in Land and Labour.

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Name: Willowbrook - a flawed Eden

Subtitle: A memoir of growing up in Millstreet, Co. Cork

Author: O'Brien, Jim

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2013

ISBN: 978-903497-7 7-7

Contents: Jim O’Brien was evacuated with his brothers from London during WWII and sent to live with their aunts at Willowbrook House near Millstreet. Willowbrook was a smaller version of an Irish ‘Big House’ and belonged to one particular Pomeroy family, now extinct. The diverse Pomeroy clan has a long, distinctive, ancestry going back to Norman times. Of them it could be said that like many other originally Norman families they became, Hiberniores ipsis Hibernis, more Irish than the Irish themselves.

Jim paints a very vivid picture of his experiences at the house, of the people who owned it and lived there and of those whoworked there. He also gives entertaining pen-pictures of the local ‘characters’ he got to know. He describes them ‘warts and all’ and they are thereby made credible and unforgettable. Willowbrook is now empty and uninhabited and may soon be just a memory but thanks to this memoir its inhabitants and the locals of three generations ago will live on.

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Price: £16.00

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Name: With Michael Collins

Subtitle: In The Fight For Irish Independence

Author: O'Connor, Batt

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2004

ISBN: 1 903497 17 5

Contents: Batt O'Connor of Brosna, Co. Kerry was one of Michael Collins' inner circle in the War of Independence. His recollections of that War read more like an adventure story than history. All the more surprising, therefore, that his memoir has been out of print since 1929. Following lively public interest in Sean Moylan's Memoirs, launched by Éamon Ó Cuív, the Aubane Historical Society is making a further account of the War of Independence available—this time from a participant who felt pressed to take the pro-Treaty side in 1922. However, while Moylan's story is firmly centred in North Cork, Batt's features Dublin. Mrs. O'Connor's recollections, which she lodged in the Bureau of Military History appear here for the first time. An Introduction by Brendan Clifford takes issue with the view that the divisions among the Volunteers over whether to accept Lloyd George's Treaty ultimatum really constituted a 'civil war' in the true sense of the term. Both sides were pledged to the Republic—the division was merely over whether to make a partial submission to the Crown under the British Prime Minister's threat of 'terrible and immediate war'.

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Price: £11.50

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