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Name: Derry And The Boyne

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Author: Plunket, Nicholas

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: Northern Ireland Collection

Publisher: Belfast Historical & Educational Society

Published: 1990

ISBN: 1 872078 01 X

Contents: This book is made up of a contemporary account of the Siege of Derry and the Battle of the Boyne by an Irish Jacobite soldier, whose name was probably Nicholas Plunket, along with a historical introduction by Brendan Clifford. Catholic Ireland in all its variety - and it had considerable variety within itself in those times - was willing and eager to settle down under the Stuart monarchy. The Old Irish and Old English were in perfect agreement about the legitimacy of the Stuarts as kings of Ireland, and they were especially happy with James II. But twice within half a century - in 1641 and 1688 - rebellions in England disrupted the public life of Ireland, overturned the Irish Constitution, and plunged the country into war. Plunket's narrative begins with the restoration of the Stuart monarchy in 1660, when the first English rebellion had petered out because of its inability to establish a viable state, and it describes in interesting detail the valiant effort made by the Irish to preserve their monarchy in the face of the second English rebellion. Brendan Clifford's Introduction shows what happened in Ireland between 1641 and 1690. It describes the Confederation of Kilkenny; the alliance between Owen Roe O'Neill and the Cromwellians; the emergence of liberal Catholicism; the enthusiasm of the Gaels for James II; the context of European politics, which was dominated by the conflict between Catholic France and the decade prior to 1688; James' attempt to establish freedom of religion; the Revolution; and he compares the extension of the English revolutionary regime to Ireland with the extension of the Russian revolutionary regime to Easter Europe. Here, on the tercentenary of the Battle of the Boyne, is the real story of how it all happened and what it was all about. 132 pp.

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Name: Edmund Burke And The United Irishmen

Subtitle: Their Relevance To Ireland Today

Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: United Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published:

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Contents: Pamphlet.

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Price: £5.00

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Name: Edmund Burke by John Morley

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Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1993

ISBN: 0 85034 068 3

Contents: Morley's life of Burke is unique among political biographies. It is the biography of one politician and literary man written by another. Each was influential both as a political writer and as a practising politician. Each was a strong party man, and yet each broke with his party at a critical moment on an issue of principle. Burke split the Whig Party because its leaders would not support him in preaching against the French Revolution. Morley, having held senior Cabinet positions in the Governments led by Gladstone, Campbell-Bannerman and Asquith, resigned from Asquith's Government in August 1914, after he had failed to dissuade it from making war on Germany. Morley was a major influence on Liberal Politics before he entered Parliament. As editor of the "Fortnightly Review" he had tried to develop a coherent and adequate culture of its own for the middle class which had become the dominant class under the Reform Act. This was a continuation of Richard Cobden's campaign against the "feudal" culture in English capitalism. Morley recommended to his readers the French "Enlightenment" writers denounced by Burke. Morley and Burke were antitheses both personally and in what they represented socially. Morley's biography is neither nostalgia for the old order, nor vituperation against it, but a critical assimilation of Burke into middle class culture. It is the kind of thing which socialist writers failed to do with relation to either Morley or Burke—a failure which rendered British socialist culture brittle, and ready to crumble at the first touch of Thatcherism. Brendan Clifford provides an Introduction about Morley and Burke, and a Postscript on a recent book on Burke by C. C. O'Brien. A guide to the main personages referred to is also included. 168 pp. Illustrations. Index

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Name: Elizabeth Bowen: a 'debate' in the Irish Examiner

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Editor: Lane, Jack

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2008

ISBN: 9781 9034976 44 9

Contents: Jack Lane and others on Elizabeth Bowen's espionage activities in Ireland during WW II.

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Name: Elizabeth Bowen: More Espionage Reports To Winston Churchill

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Editor: Lane, Jack

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2009

ISBN: 978-1-903497-54-8

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Name: Envoi: Taking Leave Of Roy Foster

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Author: Clifford, Brendan & Herlihy, Julianne

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2006

ISBN: 1 903497 28 0

Contents: Roy Foster is an Oxford-based overlord of Irish academia. He is not the first revisionist, nor the most thorough, but the most flamboyant. He is the figurehead of a modern tendency which has been busily 'deconstructing' Irish history. The aim is to undermine pride in the achievement of national independence, to denigrate those who devoted themselves to that end and, indeed, to depopulate the historical landscape of Ireland. Correspondingly, the crimes of the conquest are relativised.

But in this book it is Foster's Irish Story which is itself 'deconstructed' by the Aubane Historical Society. His erudite references—to such matters as A.M. Sullivan's Story Of Ireland, Lady Ferguson, Gellner's Ruritania, Catholic Emancipation, Christian Brothers' education, national amnesia, De Certeau, etc.—are subjected to scrutiny by Brendan Clifford. They are found to be inapt, unhistorical—and even infantile.

Foster's sub-title to The Irish Story is Telling Tales And Making It Up In Ireland, meaning that received Irish history is unreliable. Unfortunately the Oxford History Professor undermines his own thesis by retailing a piece of hearsay about the Aubane Historical Society in his book, passing this gossip off as history!

In Part Two of the book, Selling The Product, Julianne Herlihy looks at how the media plays its part in the revisionist project by promoting Foster's work with publicity of every kind. In place of critical appreciation there has been adulation. Clearly the object is to attempt to create a readership for his work approaching that for the reminiscences of Gerry Adams, Frank McCourt, and Alice Taylor—all targets of Foster's vituperation.

David Alvey deals with Foster's influence on the Schools History Syllabus.

Brian Murphy osb shows how Foster has carried forward research errors by his three main academic sources in regard to interpretations of the national movement.

There is plenty of food for thought in this stimulating and thought-provoking book.

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Read the preface by Julianne Herlihy here

Errata: p9, last line of 2nd paragraph: title should read, No Man's Man

p36, quotation, para 2: line 6, 'guilty' should read 'gently'; line 7, 'mere' should read 'more'; line 8, 'then' should read 'than'

p40, para 3: 'in Millstreet' should read 'in Kanturk and Millstreet

p83, quotation, last line of para 1: 'strongly' should read 'strangely'

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Name: Evidence To The Parnell Commission (Duhallow)

Subtitle: A Local Conflict In The Land War

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Editor: Lane, Jack

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2000

ISBN:

Contents: This takes us to the Royal Courts of Justice in London to see Jeremiah Hegarty and Canon Griffin and the local Member of Parliament, Dr. Tanner, give their evidence to a Special Commission set up to indict Parnell and the Land League where they are cross-examined by Michael Davitt and others. It gives an indication of the passions and events of one episode in the Land League period around the Millstreet area that made national news and made the place a bye word for the dramatic events of the time.

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Name: Faith And Fatherland

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Author: Buckley, Fr. Pat

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Category: Northern Ireland Collection

Publisher: Belfast Historical & Educational Society

Published: 1991

ISBN: 1 872078 02 8

Contents: The Irish News, The Catholic Hierarchy And The Management Of Dissidents. 100 pp.

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Price: £8.00

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Name: Farm Labourers: Irish Struggle, 1900-1976

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Author: Bradley, Dan

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1988

ISBN: 0 85034 038 1

Contents: A pioneering study in the conflict of farmers and farm labourers in Southern Ireland since the time of the Land League. 131 pp.

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Price: £12.00

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Name: Fíon Gearmánach

Subtitle: Wine Of Germany

Author: O'Donnchadha, Tadgh

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: German-Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2001

ISBN: 0 85034 095 0

Contents: Classical German poems are translated into Irish, and appear here in three languages on facing pages. An introduction by Brendan Clifford reviews the desolation in Irish culture consequent on the loss of the organic link with German culture which resulted from the anti-German propaganda of the Great War. 52 pp.

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