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Name: "Facsimile" Politics In Northern Ireland

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Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: Northern Ireland Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1996

ISBN: 0 85034 078 8

Contents: How representative political democracy is not functional in Northern Ireland; and how Professors John McGarry and Brendan O'Leary justify the situation 48 pp. Pamphlet

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Name: "Notes On Eire"

Subtitle: Espionage Reports to Winston Churchill—3rd. Edition with extra reports

Author: Bowen, Elizabeth

Editor: Clifford, Brendan and Lane, Jack

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2009

ISBN: 9781-903497-55-5

Contents: The story of this book starts in 1993, when extracts from Elizabeth Bowen's works were included in "A North Cork Anthology", with the qualification that, though her family had property connections in the areas, she could not be regarded as a North Cork, or even an Irish, writer. This caused outrage in the Dublin media and some vicious attacks on Jack Lane and Brendan Clifford, the compilers of the Anthology. There was even doubt cast on the fact that Ms. Bowen spied against Ireland in the Second World War.

The upshot of that controversy was that the Aubane Historical Society traced several of Ms. Bowen's secret reports, which are published here in full for the first time.

For those who would see Ms. Bowen's spying as needing no defence, on the supposition that the Allied war on Germany was absolutely justified, and that Neutrals had no case, this book provides an extensive survey of international affairs in the decades before the War, including de Valera's role in the League of Nations. There are also sections on Irish and European Fascism.

The book is rounded out by reproducing the polemic about Bowen which took place between the Aubane Historical Society and luminaries of the "Irish Times" and the "Sunday Business Post". The controversy about how to describe Ms. Bowen goes to the heart of what Ireland and Irish culture is, and this book is as good a starting point as any for those who seek the middle path between the Scylla of bigoted nationalism and the Charybdis of West British globalism.

The second edition provides a further review of aspects of World War 2—the British betrayal of Poland, the American provocation of Japan, the British insistence on delaying the Second Front, and the Nuremberg Trials—in response to an indictment of Irish neutrality by Professor B. Girvin and Dr. G. Roberts. 152 pp.

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Name: 1914: England's Darwinist War On Germany

Subtitle: How The War to disable a competitor spawned Hitler and the Second World War

Author: Grimm, Hans And Others

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: German-Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2001

ISBN: 0 85034 097 7

Contents: Reprint of "Saturday Review" articles advocating a Carthaginian war on Germany in the decades leading up to the First World War. With an extract from Hans Grimm's "Reply To An Anglican Archbishop". Introduction on how the English imperative to be the sole Superpower turned a European conflict into a World War.

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Name: A Defence Of Cork Political Culture

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Author: Murphy, Dr. Brian P (osb)

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Category: Compact Disc

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2005

ISBN: 1 903497 22 1

Contents: Cork was the European City of Culture in 2005 and it seemed appropriate that during the year there should be a celebration of the political culture of Cork. Political culture is as important and as valid as any other part of the culture of a society but did not seem to play any part of the year's official celebrations. So the Aubane Historical Society decided to host a meeting in Cork to celebrate this aspect of its culture. It was also appropriate and timely because there has been a sustained attack on Cork's political culture in recent years with attempts to disparage and discredit it by our revisionist historians and in particular its part in the War of Independence. This is an effort to give us a bad conscience about our past which is totally unjustified and asserted on the basis of spurious research and selective evidence. We were delighted when Dr. Brian Murphy agreed to speak at our meeting, as he is an acknowledged expert on the period and well known for the meticulous and thorough research that is the basis of all his work. The meeting was a tremendous success with over 200 people overflowing the ballroom of the Imperial Hotel on 15th April 2005. This is a set of CDs of Dr. Murphy's address and the question and answer session afterwards.

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Name: A Letter From An Irish Emigrant (1799)

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Author: Birch, Ledlie

Editor: Robinson, Kenneth

Category: United Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2005

ISBN: 0 85034 110 8

Contents: A Letter From An Irish Emigrant (1799) is an indictment of the Protestant Ascendancy by Thomas Ledlie Birch, Presbyterian Minister at Saintfield, Co. Down. It stands as the first apologia of the '98 Rebellion written by a participant and not as seen through the distorting lens of prison bars. Undoubtedly seditious at the time of writing, the Letter remained unpublished in Ireland for over two hundred years until this edition by Athol Books. The rising offered the landlord an excellent opportunity to be rid of this troublesome priest, long a thorn in the side of the local County Down Ascendancy. Remarkably, Birch eluded the gallows on condition of going into exile. Others from Saintfield were not so fortunate. Deprived of his pulpit, Birch sharpened his pen. On arrival in America, a new opportunity offered itself, writing anti-British propaganda that played on long standing American prejudices against the Anglican Church/State alliance. Birch's pamphlet argued that the virtuous and pro-American cause in Ireland was United Irish, carrying on the patriot war against the British and the Loyalists. Birch maintained that the United men espoused the cause of justice, respectability and morality against "the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places". But the United Irish failed to establish the republic on the American model and the reaction ushered in a new age of martyrdom in the cause of Liberty. But savage forces had been unleashed in the search for the republic of virtue. In Birch's own parish of Saintfield the United Irish had massacred a family of stiff-necked loyalists. In this volume, Birch's Letter is followed by the minutes of his Court Martial; and a list of the compensation claims made by 'Suffering Loyalists' for property destroyed during General Nugent's punitive expedition into County Down. There is also a commentary on the Letter by Kenneth Robinson, who sets it in context. At a time when the word 'historic' is used almost daily about local political events, Birch's Letter covers a truly historic turning point in the problematic story of Ulster. Birch's Letter will be of interest to those who take an interest in the United Irishmen, to local history enthusiasts, and to those with more than a passing interest in the byways of the Presbyterian churches in Ireland.

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Name: A Proposal For A Union Of Ireland And Britain

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Author: Downshire, Lord

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: Northern Ireland Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1994

ISBN: 1 874157 02 2

Contents: First Published 1751. Republished in "A Belfast Magazine", No. 13, Nov. 1994. With extract from J. A. Froude's "The English In Ireland In The 18th. Century". Introduction by Brendan Clifford. Pamphlet.

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Name: About Behaving Normally

Subtitle: In Abnormal Circumstances

Author: Fennell, Desmond

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2007

ISBN: 978 085034 116 4

Contents: Ireland during the author's lifetime constitutes the abnormal circumstances of the title.

Desmond Fennell, having reached adulthood with a normal interest in the world at large, a compulsion to write about it, and an assumption that the Irish were normally human, found himself at odds with the mental and writing habits of his compatriots, academics included. For them, it seemed an unwritten law had decreed that they should write only about Ireland and its affairs, past and present. Fate had rendered the Irish a special people, set apart from mankind.

After recounting how he lived through and tackled this abnormal situation, Fennell proceeds on his by now well know way. In essays, ranging from meditative to startling, he deals with Irish history and the Irish present, Italian painting, Winckelmann's myth-making, Europe's history and its present plight, the defeat of feminism, the special position of the Jews, and the birth of Amerope.

Finally, in a diary which gives the background to many of these essays, discusses the Irish lack of enterprise, and concludes in Maynooth, he provides a view not hitherto available of Desmond Fennell, the private man.

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Name: Adam Smith:

Subtitle: - Wealth Without Nations

Author: Williams, Gwydion M.

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Category: General

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2000

ISBN: 0 85034 084 5

Contents: The "Wealth of Nations" (1776) provided the theoretical foundations for a Political Economy of the right, much as "Das Kapital" did for the left. The division of labour, necessity for small government, free trade, and need to promote productive?as opposed to non-productive labour, are ideas supposed to have found their theoretical justification and development in this seminal work. That supposition turns out to be ill-founded. Gwydion Williams has cast a critical eye on this very much unread 'foundation-text' of capitalism. He has found that Smith provided an ideology, rather than a scientific foundation, for British pioneering industrial capitalism. For instance, the well-known descriptive term, "the invisible hand" of the market, is not a worked-out idea of Smith's, but merely a phrase which occurs a couple of times in his work. As for the famous "division of labour", the productive advantages of which are used to justify de-skilling and mindless factory work, Williams finds that Smith's advocacy of it is ill-based. To begin with, what Smith describes is not the division of labour between different trades, but fragmentation of work. And his famous example of pin-making proves the opposite of what Smith intended: it was the pre-industrial State-sponsored bodies that pioneered the making of pins by labour sub-division. And, as Williams points out, the Division of Labour is as old as society itself, was commented on by Plato, and is not a particular feature of Industrial Capitalism. Indeed, the industrialism with which it has become associated can be developed by any social system. Even worse for Smith's case, it emerges that pin-making was a trade which very much developed and prospered under the protection of the State. Britain's economic revolution flourished on the huge profits from systematic capitalist plantation slavery, which financed technological innovation in Britain, as well as on the availability of a destitute workforce, driven from the land by enclosures in Britain?all within a political context where traditional structures had been disrupted by a century of political turmoil. Gwydion Williams writes fluently and in everyday language. His book provides an insight into Smith's political origins as well as a critique of a work which continues to provide ideological cover for market predators.

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Name: Against Ulster Nationalism

Subtitle: Northern Ireland Politics After The 1974 UWC General Strike

Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: Northern Ireland Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1992

ISBN: 0 85034 061 6

Contents: "Against Ulster Nationalism" is a combination of historical explanation and political argument. It was first published in 1975 with the object of thwarting the efforts of a group of British Foreign Office civil servants attached to the Northern Ireland Office to create an "Ulster Nationalist" movement among the Loyalist paramilitaries. The formal structure of the work is a line by line analysis of an article advocating Ulster Nationalism, published by Tom Nairn, a Marxist intellectual associated with the "New Left Review". Within this formal structure, a wealth of historical information about the development of both the Catholic and Ulster Protestant communities is deployed. But, though Nairn is the formal object of the argument, the real object is Merlyn Rees—Rees was then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. In the immediate aftermath of the Ulster Workers' Council Strike of 1974, he purported to discover that the success of the Strike resulted from a new and powerful element in the political life of Northern Ireland—Ulster Nationalism. When no sign of an Ulster Nationalist movement manifested itself during the months following the Strike, the Secretary of State gave his civil servants the task of bringing it into being. "Against Ulster Nationalism" counterposed the sheer power of reason against the immense powers of patronage and persuasion commanded by the Northern Ireland Office. Its reasoning had considerable influence on the ground in Ulster among people of both communities, and the state-sponsored Ulster Nationalist movement never got off the Civil Service drawing board. Having been out of print as a pamphlet for more than a decade, it is now reissued in book form, both as a historical document in the double sense of including much historical material and of having played some part in history, and as a political argument which is still relevant because the long political vacuum in Northern Ireland has recently given rise to the spontaneous growth of some popularly based Ulster Nationalist sentiment. 88 pp. Index.

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Name: Aislingí / Vision Poems

Subtitle: With translations by Pat Muldowney, Introductory material by P. Dinneen.

Author: O'Sullivan, Eoghan Rua

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Category: Gaelic collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2013

ISBN: 978-1-903497-79

Contents: Eoghan Rua Ó Súilleabháin is one of the greatest poets that Ireland has produced. When he died in 1784, a mourner said to the parish priest that the clergy would no longer have any complaint to make of Eoghan. The priest replied that Eoghan’s death was a greater loss than the loss of dozens of priests. "Because", he said, "priests may be produced any day by the expenditure of money. But all the money in Ireland would not produce another poet like Eoghan Rua." The vision poems or Aislingí are reprinted in this book, along with explanatory notes and English translations by Pat Muldowney. In this second edition the poems are produced in the Gaelic and Roman texts on facing pages.A companion volume of Eoghan Rua's other poems was published in 2009. Also included is an analysis by Brendan Clifford of Ireland in the 18th century, putting revisionist history under the spotlight. Tugtar Eoghan an Bhéil Bhinn ar Eoghan Rua Ó Súilleabháin – agus ní binneas go na hAislingí san leabhar seo, an ceann tosaigh de shraith leabhar chun filíocht Eoghain Rua a chur ar fáil arís. I mbliain a 1901 do céad-chuireadh Amhráin Eoghain Ruaidh Uí Shúilleabháin i gcló, agus i mbliain a 1916 do dhóigh teine na Cásca bunchló an leabhair sin. Cuireadh i gcló arís iad i 1923 agus 1937. Is beag má’s féidir leis an saol Gaelach dul chun cinn gan mórdhacht is gan binneas Eoghain, agus dá bhrí sin féach arís é ag dul ós comhair an phobail ina mhaise agus in a chalmacht.

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Name: An Address To The People Of Ireland

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Author: Tone, Wolfe

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: United Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1996

ISBN: 0 85034 077 2

Contents: A reprint of the 1796 Manifesto in which Wolfe Tone justifies the separation of Ireland From Britain with the assistance of French arms, as well as of Cox's acute 1811 scenario of what life would have been like in Ireland under the protection of Napoleon Bonaparte Introduction by Brendan Clifford. Pamphlet

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Name: An Argument Defending The Right Of The Kingdom Of Ireland

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Author: O'Mahony, Conor

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2010

ISBN: 978-1-903497-63-0

Contents: "Enthusiastically wishing to help my country and responding to appeals by friends, I have written this vindication of the right of our kingdom, followed by a call to action", Conor O'Mahony wrote in 1645. His Argument Defending the Right of the Kingdom of Ireland, which provoked fierce controversy, was the first book written in favour of Irish independence. It was written in Latin, the main European literary language, and John Minahane has translated it here for the first time. 

O'Mahony, who was from Muskerry, Co. Cork, was educated in Spain and became an important Jesuit intellectual in Portugal.

In his introductory essay John Minahane explores the background and context of O'Mahony's book. He argues that the 1641 rising was essentially an attempt to restore the Gaelic civilisation, which English policy was working to destroy. It is shown that the idea of an effective, though not necessarily formal, independence of Ireland from England was very much in the air. The Irish position was weakened by deep-rooted conflicts, to which O'Mahony's Argument contributed.  His case for complete independence, and rejection of the Stuart monarchy, was violently rejected by the Kilkenny Council and was not supported by Eoghan Ruadh O'Neill, who was implicitly his candidate for king of Ireland. However, O'Mahony's Argument remains the first theoretical statement of the case for Irish independence in modern times.

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Name: An Argument On Behalf Of The Catholics Of Ireland

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Author: Tone, Wolfe

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: United Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1992

ISBN: 0 85034 048 9

Contents: Reprint of the famous work of 1791. With an introduction by Brendan Clifford. Pamphlet.

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Name: Anthologia Germanica

Subtitle: Selections on a German theme from the verse of the Poet of Young Ireland

Author: Mangan, James Clarence

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: German-Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2001

ISBN: 0 85034 098 5

Contents: Mangan was often an inspired translator of German poetry. The selections here are accompanied by Mangan's own commentary. The introduction assesses Mangan's value as an interpreter of the German Muse and as an original poet.

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Name: Around The Cork-Kerry Border

Subtitle: Recalling The Rambling House

Author: Cronin, Dan

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2008

ISBN: 978-1-903497-47-0

Contents: Dan cronin has long been known as a writer with a great knowledge of the heritage of the Sliabh Luachra area. He has always sought to share this heritage with interested people over the years in various ways but most by his writings.

Here he presents a collection of stories and historical sketches from his native Shrone and surrounding areas. It is a tribute to the people of his area, their knowledge, culture and resilience in the face of many difficulties. They are stories and experiences that have impressed and entertained him, and many others, and they give a real glimpse into a bygone age by someone who lived in it and became one of its narrators.

Dan has been actively engaged in many projects during his life. Perhaps the most important is the work he has done to make the historical significance of the City (Cathair Crobh Dearg), the Shrone area and the Paps better known and appreciated. Thanks largely to him the historic significance of the area is becoming better known and acknowledged in official circles. It is to be hoped that eventually it will be seen as similar to, and as significant as Tara, Tailteann, and Eamhain Macha.

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Name: Aspects Of The Movement Of United Irishmen

Subtitle: The Nature And Consequences Of A Reform Movement

Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: United Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1991

ISBN: 0 85034 050 0

Contents: An address to the Ingram Society on the Bicentenary of the formation of the first United Irish Society. Pamphlet

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Name: Aubane

Subtitle: Where In The World Is It?

Author: Lane, Jack

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 1999

ISBN: 0 9521081 7 8

Contents: A microcosm of Irish history in a Cork Townland. 200 pp. Illustrations, Index.

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Name: August 1969: Ireland's Only Appeal To The United Nations

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Author: Clifford, Angela

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2006

ISBN: 1 8740157 13 8

Contents: Captain Kelly / Arms Trial Series, No. 1
A Belfast Magazine, No. 26

Extracts: Angela Clifford's Foreword to this pamphlet can be read here.

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Name: Belfast In The French Revolution

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Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: United Irish Collection

Publisher: Belfast Historical & Educational Society

Published: 1989

ISBN: 1 870278 00 1

Contents: "Belfast In The French Revolution" tells the story of the French Revolution by use of materials taken from the columns of "The Northern Star", the Belfast United Irish paper. An introductory chapter explains why Belfast was predisposed by its own history to indulge in a wholehearted and unanimous vicarious participation in French affairs, the like of which occurred nowhere else. The background to the Revolution is explained in a chapter on its philosophical antecedents?on "Voltaire and Rousseau". The story is carried from 1789 to 1794, with chapters on Mirabeau's attempted reform of the Church; the Girondins; the reform of the Calendar; and the year of Robespierre and Saint-Just. Also included is the full Northern Star account of the great Belfast Review and Celebration held on Bastille Day, 1792. 148 pp.

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Name: Belfast Politics with Thoughts On The British Constitution

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Author: Joy, Henry & Bruce, William

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2010

ISBN: 978-085034-122-5

Contents: Henry Joy's Belfast Politics is impressive. In it he gives expression to the political ferment of Belfast and its hinterland iat a time of optimistic constitutional endeavour. Volunteers, United Irishmen, Catholic Committee—they all speak in this book. And they don't just declaim, they argue about reform. All agree that change must come: but should the franchise be deepened amongst Protestants, and should the Catholics be included in the Constitution and be part of the body politic?

Given the importance and vitality of Joy's Belfast Politics, it is curious to find that the present edition is the first full reprint since its initial publication in 1794.

Also included in this work are Strictures On The Test Taken By Certain Societies Of United Irishmen and articles by William Bruce, Thoughts On The British Constitution.

Brendan Clifford supplies and Introduction providing context, as well as an Afterword examining the reasons for the disappointing Northern turn-out for the 1798 Rebellion and the silence of Belfast during the passing of the Union Bill. Also reviewed is the attempt by former United Irishmen during the following generation to establish an independent Belfast University (of which Inst is a remnant).

A Postscript examines some recent contributions from Cambridge University to the re-writing of Irish history in the British interest.

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Name: Billy Bluff And The Squire

Subtitle: (A Satire On Irish Aristocracy)

Author: Porter, James

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: United Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1991

ISBN: 0 85034 045 4

Contents: Published together with other writings of Rev. James Porter, who was hanged in the course of the United Irish rebellion of 1798. Edited and introduced by Brendan Clifford. "Billy Bluff", the only piece of United Irish literature which was kept continuously in print from its original publication to the present century, is given in full in this collection, along with "Wind And Weather", a satirical sermon on "The Late Providential Storm Which Dispersed The French Fleet Off Bantry Bay", the "Letters To Lord Downshire" published in The Northern Star in 1796-97; a transcript of the official record of Porter's trial by Courtmartial; and a selection of songs from "Paddy's Resource". 88 pp.

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Name: Blockading The Germans! With an overview of 19th century maritime law

Subtitle: The evolution of Britain's strategy during the First World War, Volume 1 (Paperback)

Author: Dyas, Eamon

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Publisher: Belfast Historical and Educational Society

Published: 2018

ISBN: 978-1-872078-27-4

Contents: This is the first volume of a Trilogy examining overlooked aspects of the First World War and its aftermath from a European perspective. Comprehensively sourced with scholarly research, it explains how Britain used a continental blockade to force the capitulation of the Kaiser’s Germany by targeting not just military, but also civilian, imports—particularly imported food supplies, upon which Germany had become dependent since its industrial revolution. After joining the European War of August 1914—and elevating it into a World War—Britain cast aside the two maritime codes agreed by the world's maritime powers over the previous almost 60 years – the Declaration of Paris in 1856 and the Declaration of London in 1909. In defiance of these internationally agreed codes, Britain aggressively expanded its blockade with the object of disrupting not only the legitimate trade between neutral countries and Germany but trade between neutral countries themselves. Britain’s policy of civilian starvation during the First World War was unprecedented in history. Whereas it had used the weapon of starvation against civilians in the past, in such instances this was either through the exploitation of a natural disaster to bring about famine (Ireland and India) or the result of pre-conceived policy against a non-industrial society (France during the Revolutionary Wars). Its use against Germany was the first time in history where a policy of deliberate starvation was directed against the civilian population of an advanced industrial economy. This volume traces the evolution of Britain’s relationship with international naval blockade strategies from the Crimean War through the American Civil War and the Boer War culminating in its maturity during the Great War. It also draws out how the United States—the leading neutral country—was made complicit in Blockading The Germans during the war and brings the story up to America’s entry into the War. Eamon Dyas is a former head of The Times newspaper archive, was on the Executive Committee of the Business Archives Council in England for a number of years, and was Information Officer of the Newspaper Department of the British Library for many years.

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Name: Blockading The Germans! With an overview of 19th century maritime law

Subtitle: The Evolution of Britain's Strategy During The First World War. Volume 1 (Hardback)

Author: Dyas, Eamon

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Published: 2018

ISBN: 978-1-872078-27-4

Contents: This is the first volume of a Trilogy examining overlooked aspects of the First World War and its aftermath from a European perspective. Comprehensively sourced with scholarly research, it explains how Britain used a continental blockade to force the capitulation of the Kaiser’s Germany by targeting not just military, but also civilian, imports—particularly imported food supplies, upon which Germany had become dependent since its industrial revolution. After joining the European War of August 1914—and elevating it into a World War—Britain cast aside the two maritime codes agreed by the world's maritime powers over the previous almost 60 years – the Declaration of Paris in 1856 and the Declaration of London in 1909. In defiance of these internationally agreed codes, Britain aggressively expanded its blockade with the object of disrupting not only the legitimate trade between neutral countries and Germany but trade between neutral countries themselves. Britain’s policy of civilian starvation during the First World War was unprecedented in history. Whereas it had used the weapon of starvation against civilians in the past, in such instances this was either through the exploitation of a natural disaster to bring about famine (Ireland and India) or the result of pre-conceived policy against a non-industrial society (France during the Revolutionary Wars). Its use against Germany was the first time in history where a policy of deliberate starvation was directed against the civilian population of an advanced industrial economy. This volume traces the evolution of Britain’s relationship with international naval blockade strategies from the Crimean War through the American Civil War and the Boer War culminating in its maturity during the Great War. It also draws out how the United States—the leading neutral country—was made complicit in Blockading The Germans during the war and brings the story up to America’s entry into the War. Eamon Dyas is a former head of The Times newspaper archive, was on the Executive Committee of the Business Archives Council in England for a number of years, and was Information Officer of the Newspaper Department of the British Library for many years.

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Name: Britain's Great War, Pope Benedict's Lost Peace

Subtitle: How Britain Blocked The Pope's Peace Efforts Between 1915 and 1918

Author: Walsh, Pat

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Category: General

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2006

ISBN: 0 85034 114 6

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Name: Britain, Zionism And The Holocaust

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Author: Smith, John

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Category: General

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2002

ISBN: 085034 099 3

Contents: Shows how Zionism made an alliance with the British Empire to colonise Palestine on behalf of the West and condoned European anti-Semitism to stimulate Jewish settlement in Palestine to build up a critical mass to form the state of Israel. Well-referenced.

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Name: Butter Road

Subtitle: 250 Years of the Butter Road 1st May 1748-1st May 1998

Author: Lane, Jack

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Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 1997

ISBN: 0952108143

Contents: On the 1st May 1998 the Butter Road between Cork and Kerry will be exactly 250 years old. Not many roads can have a birthday but this one can as its construction was authorised in great detail by an Act of Parliament to begin on 1st May 1748. This publication is a celebration of the road, the Kerrymen who built it, the people who travelled it and its contribution to the life of the communitites along its route for the past 250 years.

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Name: Canon Sheehan

Subtitle: A Turbulent Priest

Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

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Name: Centenary Of The Balfour Declaration, 1917

Subtitle: Why did they do it?

Author: Walsh, Pat

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Category: General

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2017

ISBN: 978-0-85034-135-5

Contents: A century ago a British Government composed of some of the most able and experienced statesmen ever assembled decided to do something unprecedented and absolutely extraordinary in history. They decided to use the authority and power of the foremost state in the world to return a disparate and widely scattered people to a territory 2000 years after they had left it.

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Name: Connolly And German Socialism

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Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: German-Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2004

ISBN: 0 85034 107 X

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Name: Conversations With Carlyle

Subtitle: Reprint Of The 1892 Classic

Author: Duffy, Charles Gavan

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2006

ISBN: 0 85034 114 0

Contents: That Gavan Duffy's Conversations With Carlyle has been out of print since its first edition in 1892 shows how modern Ireland is losing touch with its political origins. In this book it is reproduced in full, along with related texts. There is a substantial extract from Carlyle's Irish Journey, as well as shorter excerpts from his Sartor Resartus, Past & Present and Chartism.
Thomas Carlyle is now much forgotten, but his work went into the making of England. What is not widely appreciated is that his condemnation of Manchester capitalism struck a chord in mid-nineteenth century Ireland. The backdrop to Carlyle's association with Young Ireland and to his journeys in Ireland was the Great Famine of 1847, itself an indictment of laissez-faire. Young Ireland found in Carlyle's demands for political intervention in the production process an inspiration for remedying the ills of Ireland.
Brendan Clifford's introduction, Stray Thoughts About Young Ireland, considers the dynamics of the strange relationship between Irish revolutionaries and the English imperialist prophet, in the context of the views of Professor Maurice O'Connell, Conor Cruise O'Brien and Professor Roy Foster.

Extracts: From the beginning of Brendan Clifford's introduction Stray Thoughts On Young Ireland.

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Name: Coolacrease

Subtitle: The true story of the Pearson executions:—an incident in the Irish War of Independence

Author: Heaney, Paddy, Muldowney, Pat, O'Connor, Philip

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2008

ISBN: 978-1-903497-48-7

Contents: COOLACREASE: A Shocking Story

At the end of the Irish War of Independence, two brothers were shot in Coolacrease, Co. Offaly, and their house was burned.

The people who carried out the shootings were not Irish rebels or uninvolved civilians. They were loyalist Protestants who had chosen to take up arms against the forces of the democratically elected Irish government. The IRA command ordered their execution.

So what is shocking about the deaths of these two men, in comparison with the hundreds of other deaths in the war waged by the British Imperial Government against the Irish democracy?

These events were practically unkown until 2007 when the Irish national broadcasting agency RTE produced a television documentary which portrayed the executions of the Pearson brothers as a sectarian anti-Protestant atrocity in furtherance of a land grab, as part of an ethnic cleansing drive by the Irish Republican movement against an ethnic minority in Ireland.

RTE claimed that their case was based on official evidence in documents of the Irish Land Commission.

…and now comes the really shocking part

RTE could not produce the documents they claimed proved their case, and the Land Commission denies that the programme ever examined the records of the division of the Pearson farm. The case presented by RTE is nothing but spurious atrocity propaganda, a travesty of what really happened.

The documentary record is presented in this book, which tells the true story of these tragic events.

This is a shocking story of low standards and cheap propaganda.

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Name: Corbyn And Anti-Semitism

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Author: Clifford, Brendan

Editor: Barry, Dick

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Publisher: Bevin Books

Published: 2018

ISBN: 978-1-84463-60-3

Contents: Introduction by Dick Barry--- Corbyn, Labour and anti-Semitism by Mark Cowling--- A Response by Brendan Clifford--- Immaculate Israel? by Gwydion M. Williams--- APPENDIXES:--- Working Definition of Antisemitism | IHRA--- A briefing Document on the IHRA definition of antisemitism--- by Jewish Voice For Labour--- Statement by Jewish Voice For Labour--- The Dangers of Introducing Too Much Subjectivity Into--- The Definition Of Racism: Institute of Race Relations--- Time To Call Their Bluff! by David Rosenberg--- Anti-Semitism: A Sky Debate

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Name: Corbyn and Anti-Semitism

Subtitle: Electronic Version

Author: Clifford, Brendan

Editor: Barry, Dick

Category: General

Publisher: Bevin Society

Published: 2018

ISBN: 978-1-84463-60-3

Contents: Introduction by Dick Barry--- Corbyn, Labour and anti-Semitism by Mark Cowling--- A Response by Brendan Clifford--- Immaculate Israel? by Gwydion M. Williams--- APPENDIXES:--- Working Definition of Antisemitism | IHRA--- A briefing Document on the IHRA definition of antisemitism--- by Jewish Voice For Labour--- Statement by Jewish Voice For Labour--- The Dangers of Introducing Too Much Subjectivity Into--- The Definition Of Racism: Institute of Race Relations--- Time To Call Their Bluff! by David Rosenberg--- Anti-Semitism: A Sky Debate

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Name: Daniel O'Connell And Republican Ireland

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Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

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Name: Dánta Eoghan Rua O'Sullivan

Subtitle: Poems of Eoghan Rua O'Sullivan

Author: O'Sullivan, Eoghan Rua

Editor: Muldowney, Pat

Category: Gaelic Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2009

ISBN: 978 1 903497 57 9

Contents: Eoghan an Bhéil ar an saol aris!

This book is a copanion volume to the Aislingi or Vision Poems of Eoghan Rua O'Sullivan re-published by the Aubane Historical Society in 2002. The present volume includes the other poems attributed to Eoghan in the editions of his work published by Pádraig Ua Duinnín (1901 and 1923), and by Risteárd Ó Foghludha (1937). Also included in this edition are some previously unpublished manuscript poems attributed to Eoghan, and lines and verses which were omitted by Ua Duinnín and Ó Foghludha because they were too risqué for publication in editions which those editors optimistically expected to be used as school textbooks.

The poems published here for the first time are attributed to Eoghan in the Royal Irish Academy manuscripts, in the Ferriter Collection in University College Dublin. The full version of Molly Casey's Charms is from a manuscript in Mount Melleray library. The Gaelic fonts were created by Vincent Morley. Terry Curran designed the cover.

In the eighteenth century, and even the nineteenth, the poems of Eoghan Rua were kept in circulation by arduous manual transcription carried on in difficult circumstances. After a lapse of seventy years since Ó Foghludha's edition, this re-publication of part of our literary inheritance is long overdue.

Eoghan Ó Súilliobháin (his own spelling) died in 1784, aged about 36. His muse lives in these pages.

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Name: Dánta Piarais Feiritéir

Subtitle: Poems of Pearse Ferriter

Author: Ferriter, Pearse

Editor: Muldowney, Pat

Category: Gaelic Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 1999

ISBN: 0 9521081 8 6

Contents: Poems of Pearse Ferriter with English translations by Pat Muldowney. A companion cassette tape of reading of the Gaelic poems by Bosc? ? Conc?ir is also available from the publishers. 120 pp.

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Name: Das Kapital Reviewed

Subtitle: A modern business approach to Marxism

Author: Martin, John

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Category: General

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2007

ISBN: 9 780 85034 115 7

Contents: This book is a review of Karl Marx's Das Kapital from a businessman's perspective. John Martin gives a clear concise summary of the ideas contained in the three volumes of Marx's classic work and then subjects them to criticism.

Das Kapital describes the laws of motion of the capitalist system. Marx had very little to say about the transition from capitalism to communism and still less about what a communist society might look like. Therefore the relevance of Marx's work does not stand or fall on the fortunes of the communist movement.

Indeed the author argues that the persistence of the capitalist system and its continued expansion throughout the world makes the ideas of Marx more relevant in the twenty-first than in the nineteenth century when the work was written.

There are two insights of Marx which are more relevant today than they were in his own time. The first is the idea that capitalism socialises production even if ownership remains in private hands. The second insight is the idea that capitalism has a tendency to incorporate the world into its system. The current word for this phenomenon is "Globalisation".

The author compares Marx's theoretical view of the capitalist system with his own practical experience and concludes that Marx's analysis gives a better theoretical framework for understanding the system than modern economics textbooks. Notwithstanding Marx's errors, which the author discusses, the overall conclusion is that it is far too soon to consign Marx to the dustbin of history.

John Martin has an Honours Degree in Economics and Politics, and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. He has worked as a Financial Controller, Director, and General Manager, and is currently a part owner of an Irish Manufacturing company.

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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

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Contents: Pamphlet.

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Name: England's Care for the Truth - by one who knows

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Author: Casement, Roger

Editor: Lane, Jack

Category: General

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2018

ISBN: 978-0-85034-136-2

Contents: These articles by Sir Roger Casement, originally published in The Continental Times of Berlin, have lain forgotten for over a century. Now, for the first time, they are published as a collection by Athol Books to bring the authentic Casement to the general public. They take up the theme of his only published book, The Crime Against Europe: British Foreign Policy and how it brought about the First World War. They reveal Casement as a consistent Liberal when English Liberalism failed its great test in the ultimate moment of truth in August 1914. They show Sir Roger as a consistent Irish Nationalist when the Home Rulers collapsed into Imperialism. The ground shifted under his feet but he remained solid. For Casement action was consequent upon thought and knowledge. Remaining true to his principles he attempted to forge an Irish-German alliance. Not for Casement “my country right or wrong” but who was right and who was wrong. This collection explains why Casement did what he did and how it led him to Easter 1916. It shatters the British narrative of the Great War by “one who knew”. It shows why Casement was the most dangerous Irishman who ever faced up to Britain and why they had to hang him and attempt to foul his memory. They have not succeeded.

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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

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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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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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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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Name: Freemasonry And The United Irishmen

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Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: United Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1992

ISBN: 0 85034 052 7

Contents: Reprints from the Northern Star, 1792-93. With an introduction, on Freemasonry in Ireland, by Brendan Clifford. Pamphlet

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Name: From Cologne To Ballinlough

Subtitle: A German and Irish boyhood in World War II and post war years, 1946 - 49

Author: Remmel, Herbert

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Category: German-Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2009

ISBN:

Contents: This refreshingly unusual book is mainly about rural Ireland in the 1940s and it is full of fun, enjoyment, insights and sheer delight in everything about that society. It describes everything that the current literary establishment refuses to admit existed in that place at that time. But this author has no axe to grind, no agenda to follow.

Herbert Remmel's objectivity derives from the fact that he was an outsider who found himself in the middle of the society and writes atraightforwardly about what he experienced and the impressions made on him, and writes with great talent for vividly painting a variety of people and situations in a few sentences.

Herbert Remmel was one of the German children who was brought to Ireland after World War II by the Red Cross. His book begins with wartime life in Cologne and there is a graphic description of War and everyday life in a suburb of Cologne and further afield as experienced by a small child, his family and neighbours.

The rest of his book is a child's eye view of Ireland as he found it just after the War, and as such is a joy to read and a welcome release from current dogmas about the awfulness of life in rural Ireland then and since. It makes one want to invite more Germans here to spend some time and write about us because to paraphrase Kipling they would hopefully, like Herbert Remmel, come to know the real Ireland so well because they more than Ireland know.

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Name: Hitler's English Inspirers

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Author: Sarkisyanz, Manuel

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Category: German-Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2003

ISBN: 0 85034 086 1

Contents: Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party did not come out of a vacuum—nor were they the only—evil—excrescences of a recalcitrant Germany/Austria. The Nazi leader is rightly reviled for his anti-Semitism, expansionism and genocide. But he did not originate these aberrations of Statecraft—neither the theory of them nor the practice. All had been features of the English family of nations—a family in which Hitler as a Teuton demanded a place. An ambition which very nearly succeeded under Neville Chamberlain. England did not become the major Superpower of the era by application of sweet reason. America existed by extermination of the Red Indians, Canada of the Innuit, Australia by the then ongoing destruction of the Aborigines; New Zealand ousted the Maoris—and the new colonisation project in Palestine was authorised by Britain just as Hitler was becoming receptive to geopolitical ideas. What Hitler planned to do in the western reaches of Russia was not different in kind from any of these: they all justified themselves by Social Darwinism. As the Ministerial English Liberal, Sir Charles Dilke, claimed: "the Anglo-Saxon is the only extirpating race on earth. Up to the commencement of the now inevitable destruction of the Red Indians?, of the Maoris and of the [aboriginal] Australians, no numerous race has ever been blotted out by an invader". Professor Sarkisyanz in this erudite and well-referenced work shows how Hitler, a convinced Anglophile, believed that Germany could be brought out of the Versailles slough of despond by emulating British methods of rule, of leadership training and of social conformity, to become an ally of the British Empire around the world. But that meant he had, amongst other things, to teach his Germans to replicate the mindset of his mentors. This book shows from Nazi sources how they—and their ideological forbears—were influenced by writers such as Carlyle (who proposed forced labour for Caribbean negroes and the regimentation of labour), Disraeli (a convinced racist), Houston Stewart Chamberlain (a race theorist who directly inspired Hitler's anti-Semitic genocide and was related to the British Establishment Chamberlains) and a host of others. Carthill—the senior British functionary in India, who extolled the efficacy of 'administrative massacre' to suppress revolt—helped to stimulate Nazi brutality. While Hitler certainly surpassed his inspirers, his action continued a well-charted direction. His downfall came because, having learned how to act from the British example, he did not know—unlike his mentors—when to stop.

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Name: How German East Africa Was Founded

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Author: Peters, Carl

Editor: Clifford, Angela

Category: German-Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2001

ISBN: 085034 096 9

Contents: Carl Peters, an Anglophile German with connections to the British establishment, describes how he established African colonies in the British manner by setting up a joint stock company. This method was necessitated by Bismarck's opposition to the venture. Peters' naive account is revealing of how Empires are built in practice. Angela Clifford's introduction supplies a European context for Germany's Imperial ambitions in the late nineteenth century. Translated by Philip O'Connor. 72 pp (A4)

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Name: In Times Of Peril

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Author: Kearns, Linda

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1995

ISBN: 1 874157 05 2

Contents: Memoirs of the Irish War of Independence by Nurse Linda Kearns. Introduction by Brendan Clifford. A Belfast Magazine, No. 16 (March, 1995)

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Name: Iraq: Blair's Big Lie Confirmed

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Author: Morrison, David

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Category: General

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2005

ISBN: 1 874463 40 9

Contents: Second edition with Foreword by George Galloway MP, in which he says: "David Morrison is one of the most forensic but unsung writers in these islands. He has consistently tracked down the facts and unmasked the lies in New Labour's propaganda." This pamphlet shows how, in the months leading up to the invasion of Iraq, the Prime Minister continually stated that his objective was the disarmament of Iraq as laid down in Security Council resolutions, and not regime change. In fact, a year earlier, he had already offered his wholehearted support to President Bush in the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

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Name: Iraq: Lies, Half-truths & Omissions

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Author: Morrison, David

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Category: General

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2003

ISBN:

Contents: The title says it all.

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Name: Ireland (1921)

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Author: Curtis, Lionel

Editor: Walsh, Pat

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Belfast Historical & Educational Society

Published: 2002

ISBN: 874157 08 1

Contents: Contains extracts from Lionel Curtis' article, Ireland, which was first published in the June 1921 issue of the "Round Table", and an extract from Henry Harrison's "The Neutrality Of Ireland". Pat Walsh's introduction "The Anglo-Irish Treaty And The 'Lost World' Of Imperial Ireland: Lionel Curtis and Henry Harrison on South Africa and Ireland" puts the treaty in its geopolitical context. There is also an account of the extremely influential Imperialist secret society, the 'Cliveden Set' founded by Cecil Rhodes and continued by, among others, Lord Milner and Lionel Curtis. Pamphlet. 80pp. A Belfast Magazine, No. 20

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Name: Ireland After The End Of Western Civilisation

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Author: Fennell, Desmond

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2009

ISBN: 978 08034 1201

Contents: The West’s present system of rules for individual and social behaviour has replaced that of inherited European civilisation. The new system could be designated ‘post-European’. It is a utopian experiment, originating in and emanating from the USA. In many ways it is a western parallel to the Soviet experiment, which was similarly post-European in origin.

Failing to make sense to westerners as a framework for life, our system has lasted until now merely because of the constant increase of the power to buy things and do things which it has been providing to states and consumers. When that dual increase ceases, it will dissolve into social chaos, leaving the task of building the widely desired post-European civilisation to a future generation.

Those are the bare bones of Desmond Fennell’s ground-breaking account of the recent history and present condition of the western world – an account which is given pressing relevance by the West’s economic crisis. It is also the context in which - in a series of essays dated and set in the weeks leading up to the Lisbon Treaty referendum of 2008 - he discusses the referendum campaigns; the European Union; the decline of the Catholic Church; Terry Keane and Charles Haughey; Irish Times and Irish people; confusion in Dublin’s art museums; Dundrum Shopping Centre; and other matters.

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Name: Ireland In The Great War

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Author: O'Donnell, Charles James

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: German-Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1992

ISBN: 0 85034 055 1

Contents: The establishment of a sovereign state in Ireland occurred as a direct consequence of Irish participation in Britain's war on Germany which was launched in August 1914. Nationalist Ireland was in 1914 in process of being secured as a region of the United Kingdom and the Empire under the form of Home Rule. The Nationalist leaders joined with the Unionists in giving unquestioning support to Britain's war against Germany, Austria and Turkey. The alliance of Britain, France and Russia failed to achieve the rapid victory which its great superiority of men and arms had caused it to anticipate. The prolongation of the war and the unprecedented scale of the casualties created the conditions in which nationalists opposed to the British war effort, many of them in sympathy with Germany, organised the Insurrection of 1916, which caused a fundamental change in the dynamic of Irish affairs. Despite this intimate connection between the Great War and the Easter Rising, no history of the War from an Irish viewpoint has been published for half a century—not since Charles James O'Donnell's "The Irish Future And The Lordship Of The World" in the 1920s. O'Donnell, born in Donegal and educated in Galway, served for thirty years in the Indian Civil Service before retiring to contest the 1906 Election on an old-fashioned Liberal platform opposed both to Curzon's Tory Imperialism and Asquith's Liberal Imperialism. Some Chapters from his history of the Great War are reproduced here. In an introductory chapter Brendan Clifford shows how, in the course of the Home Rule conflict (1912-14) the Home Rule movement was drawn into the web of Asquith's Liberal Imperialism, and how in August 1914 Home Rule journalists, such as T. M. Kettle, T. P. O'Connor and Robert Lynd supplied Asquith with the frenzied war propaganda which he needed. And he shows how Roger Casement and James Connolly did not act out of narrow nationalist considerations. They saw Britain's declaration of war on Germany as a barbaric attempt by a world empire in decline to destroy a civilised and progressive European state, and acted accordingly. This book is intended to dispel the deadening West-British influence of recent decades and to restore the European orientation which characterised Irish thought in earlier centuries, but which has been lost in recent times. 116 pp. Bibliography. Index.

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Name: Ireland's Great War On Turkey, 1914 - 24

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Author: Walsh, Pat

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Category: General

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2009

ISBN: 978-085034-121-8

Contents: Ireland's Great War on Turkey is largely a forgotten event in Irish history. That is despite the fact that it was probably the most significant thing Ireland ever did in the world. That war lasted from 1914 until 1924—when the Irish Free State ratified the Treaty of Lausanne and finally, along with the rest of the British Empire, made peace with the Turks. It made the Middle East (including Palestine and Iraq) what it is today, and had the catastrophic effects on the Moslem world that persist to the present.

Ireland's part in the Great War on Turkey was an embarrassment to Republican Ireland and its historians and the details of the War became forgotten. The more recent historians of a revisionist disposition and the Remembrance commemorators have also refrained from remembering it, for other reasons.

This book, the first history of Ireland's War on Turkey, explains why the British Empire really made war on the Ottoman Empire and why Irishmen found themselves part of the invasion force it sent to Gallipoli. It describes the forgotten political and military assault launched on neutral Greece and the devastating effect this ultimately had on the Greek people across the Balkans and Asia Minor. It explains the reasons for the establishment of Palestine and Iraq and why the United States was repelled from the League of Nations by the behaviour of the British Empire in the conquered Ottoman territories after the War.

It concludes on a positive note, describing the great achievement of Ataturk in leading the Turkish nation to independence from the Imperialist Powers. This was an event that Republican Ireland could only marvel at, from the confines of the Treaty and the British Empire—an Empire whose demise Ataturk set in motion through the successful Turkish War of Independence.

540pp. Index.

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Name: Irish Bulletin, Volume 2 (Hardback)

Subtitle: 3rd May 1920 to 31st August 1920

Author: Dail Eireann

Editor: Lane, Jack

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Belfast Historical & Educational Society

Published: 2014

ISBN: 978-1-872078-19-9

Contents: The Irish Bulletin was the official newspaper of the Irish Government during the War of Independence. Its aim was to provide those outside Ireland with the Government’s case and the facts of the war that it had to wage. This information could not otherwise be obtained because of the suppression by the British authorities of all other outlets that put the Irish Government‘s case. It was produced with minimal resources and under constant threat of suppression. It was therefore an underground publication despite being the paper of a legitimate Government.   It was unadorned with any other content except straightforward factual and irrefutable information.  This is what made its reputation and because of that it became one of the most powerful weapons in the war that eventually proved successful. It deserves an honoured place in Irish history yet it has never been republished and it is hardly referred to by our contemporary historians—and when it is—it is almost inevitably in disparaging terms. This is the second volume of the paper reproduced as faithfully as possible to the original. Other volumes will follow.

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Name: Irish Bulletin, Volume 2 (Paperback)

Subtitle: 3rd May 1920 to 31st August 1920

Author: Dail Eireann

Editor: Lane, Jack

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Belfast Historical & Educational Society

Published: 2014

ISBN: ISBN 978-1-872078-

Contents: The Irish Bulletin was the official newspaper of the Irish Government during the War of Independence. Its aim was to provide those outside Ireland with the Government’s case and the facts of the war that it had to wage. This information could not otherwise be obtained because of the suppression by the British authorities of all other outlets that put the Irish Government‘s case. It was produced with minimal resources and under constant threat of suppression. It was therefore an underground publication despite being the paper of a legitimate Government. It was unadorned with any other content except straightforward factual and irrefutable information. This is what made its reputation and because of that it became one of the most powerful weapons in the war that eventually proved successful. It deserves an honoured place in Irish history yet it has never been republished and it is hardly referred to by our contemporary historians—and when it is—it is almost inevitably in disparaging terms. This is the second volume of the paper reproduced as faithfully as possible to the original. Other volumes will follow.

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Name: Irish Bulletin, Volume 3 (Hardback)

Subtitle: 1st September 1920 - 1st January 1921

Author: Dail Eireann

Editor: Lane, Jack

Category:

Publisher: Belfast Historical & Educational Society

Published: 2015

ISBN: 978-1-872078-25-0

Contents: The Irish Bulletin was the official newspaper of the Irish Government during the War of Independence. Its aim was to provide those outside Ireland with the Government’s case and the facts of the war that it had to wage. This information could not otherwise be obtained because of the suppression by the British authorities of all other outlets that put the Irish Government‘s case. It was produced with minimal resources and under constant threat of suppression. It was therefore an underground publication despite being the paper of a legitimate Government. It was unadorned with any other content except straightforward factual and irrefutable information. This is what made its reputation and because of that it became one of the most powerful weapons in the war that eventually proved successful. It deserves an honoured place in Irish history yet it has never been republished and it is hardly referred to by our contemporary historians—and when it is—it is almost inevitably in disparaging terms. This is the third volume of the paper reproduced as faithfully as possible to the original. It contains Annexes of items which belong in previous volumes, but which have since come to light. Other volumes will follow.

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Name: Irish Bulletin, Volume 3 (Paperback)

Subtitle: 1st September 1920 - 1st January 1921

Author: Dail Eireann

Editor: Lane, Jack

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Belfast Historical & Educational Society

Published: 2015

ISBN: 978-1-872078-24-3

Contents: The Irish Bulletin was the official newspaper of the Irish Government during the War of Independence. Its aim was to provide those outside Ireland with the Government’s case and the facts of the war that it had to wage. This information could not otherwise be obtained because of the suppression by the British authorities of all other outlets that put the Irish Government‘s case. It was produced with minimal resources and under constant threat of suppression. It was therefore an underground publication despite being the paper of a legitimate Government.   It was unadorned with any other content except straightforward factual and irrefutable information.  This is what made its reputation and because of that it became one of the most powerful weapons in the war that eventually proved successful. It deserves an honoured place in Irish history yet it has never been republished and it is hardly referred to by our contemporary historians—and when it is—it is almost inevitably in disparaging terms. This is the third volume of the paper reproduced as faithfully as possible to the original. It contains Annexes of items which belong in previous volumes, but which have since come to light. Other volumes will follow.

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Name: Irish Bulletin, Volume One

Subtitle: (Paperback)

Author: Eireann, Dail

Editor: Lane, Jack

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2012

ISBN: 978-1-903497-74-6

Contents: The Irish Bulletin was the official newspaper of the Irish Government during the War of Independence. Its aim was to provide those outside Ireland with the Government's case and the facts of the war that it had to wage. This information could not otherwise be obtained because of the suppression by the British of all other outlets that put the Irish Government's case. It was produced with minimal resources and under constant threat of suppression. It was therefore an underground publication despite being the paper of a legitimate Government.

It was unadorned with any other content except straightforward factual and irrefutable information. This is what made its reputation and because of that it became one of the most powerful weapons in the war that eventually proved successful.

It deserves an honoured place in Irish history, yet it has never been republished and it is hardly referred to by our contemporary historians—and when it is—it is almost inevitably in disparaging terms.

This is the first volume of the paper reproduced as faithfully as possible to the original. Other volumes will follow.

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Name: Irish Bulletin, Volume One

Subtitle: (Hardback)

Author: Eireann, Dail

Editor: Lane, Jack

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2012

ISBN: 978-1-903497-75-3

Contents: The Irish Bulletin was the official newspaper of the Irish Government during the War of Independence. Its aim was to provide those outside Ireland with the Government's case and the facts of the war that it had to wage. This information could not otherwise be obtained because of the suppression by the British of all other outlets that put the Irish Government's case. It was produced with minimal resources and under constant threat of suppression. It was therefore an underground publication despite being the paper of a legitimate Government.

It was unadorned with any other content except straightforward factual and irrefutable information. This is what made its reputation and because of that it became one of the most powerful weapons in the war that eventually proved successful.

It deserves an honoured place in Irish history, yet it has never been republished and it is hardly referred to by our contemporary historians—and when it is—it is almost inevitably in disparaging terms.

This is the first volume of the paper reproduced as faithfully as possible to the original. Other volumes will follow.

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Name: Irish Education

Subtitle: The Case For Secular Reform

Author: Alvey, Dave

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1991

ISBN: 1 874032 00 9

Contents: Preface by Michael D. Higgins T.D. 144 pp.

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Name: Irish Solidarity with Cuba Libre

Subtitle: A Fenian Eyewitness Account Of The First Cuban War Of Independence

Author: O'Riordan, Manus

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Category: General

Publisher: SIPTU

Published: 2009

ISBN: 978-0-9555823-1-9

Contents: Midway through Cuba's first War of Independence (1868-78), as war correspondent for the New York Herald, the Fenian leader James J. O'Kelly (1843-1916) brought the Cuban fight for freedom to world attention.

As a contribution towards internationalist solidarity and understanding, this SIPTU publication wishes to commemorate both the centenary of its own foundation in 1909 and the 50th anniversary of the 1959 Cuban Revolution.

Primarily consisting of O'Kelly's own vivid and dramatic eyewitness reports from Cuba, it is introduced by an extensive biographical essay from SIPTU's Head of Research, Manus O'Riordan, in which he details and critically evaluates the lengthy political career of James J. O'Kelly: as Fenian leader, as Home Rule MP, and—above all else—as the foremost 19th century exponent of Irish internationalist solidarity with liberation struggles in both Cuba and Africa.

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Name: James Connolly Re-Assessed

Subtitle: The Irish And European Context

Author: O'Riordan, Manus

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2006

ISBN: 1 903497 26 4

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Name: Kilmichael Ambush Commemoration

Subtitle: Address On 94th Anniversary

Author: Lane, Jack

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Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2014

ISBN: 978-1-903497-85-2

Contents: Anyone who takes an interest in our history will know that there is an ongoing debate about the War of Independence and it is appropriate that this Ambush has been central to this debate. The Ambush has been the subject of detailed discussion and every minute and every blow of the Ambush has been analysed, researched, interpreted and misinterpreted ad nauseam. You might say there has been a concerted attempt to ambush Kilmichael and the reputation of Tom Barry but it has been repulsed.

Extracts: The fact is that the War of Independence has been fought all over again in recent years, without guns this time, fortunately, but a no less significant war because of that. It is just a different kind of war. In the context of this new ‘war’ events such as this commemoration here and similar commemorations elsewhere have a vital importance because they present opportunities for putting the record straight about the 1916 Rising and the War of Independence. Opportunities for doing so are few and far between these days. You will very rarely find such opportunities in forums such as the media, in academia, in the educational system and in 'history books' and in mainstream political parties. And when the mainstream politicians commemorate such events they give the distinct impression that they are simply going through the motions. In those forums you will get everything from outright condemnation of the Rising and the War of Independence to an acknowledgment of these events but with all sorts of reservations, qualifications and regrets and a negative tone throughout. The end result is to seek to give us a bad conscience about the whole thing.

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Name: Kilmichael: The False Surrender

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Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1999

ISBN: 1 903497 00 0

Contents: A discussion by Peter Hart, Padraig O'Cuanachain, D.R. O'Connor Lysaght, Dr. Brian Murphy & Meda Ryan. Includes: Why The Ballot Was Followed By The Bullet, by Jack Lane and Bredan Clifford. 48 pp.

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Name: Labour In The West Of Ireland

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Author: Cunningham, John

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1995

ISBN: 0 85034 075 6

Contents: Drawing on police intelligence reports, contemporary accounts and government publications, John Cunningham produces a comprehensive and compelling narrative on the condition of labour in the counties of Connacht in the decades before World War I. He examines the working conditions of herdsmen, dressmakers, dock labourers, shop assistants and other groups of workers in the province, before describing their attempts to organise themselves, their strikes and other struggles. John Cunningham uncovers the first faltering political steps of rural and urban labour, detects an emerging class consciousness, and considers the reaction of political and religious establishments to the nascent labour movement. Preface by Alderman Declan Bree, T.D. 208 pp. Illustrations. Bibliography. Index

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Name: Lord Hankey: How We Planned The Great War

Subtitle: Issues 19-20

Author: Walsh, Pat

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Category: Periodical

Publisher: Problems Of Communism Committee

Published: 2015

ISBN: 1365-7887

Contents: Lord Maurice Hankey gave unparalleled service to the State he served over more than three decades. He was much more than just an Imperial Senior Civil Servant. It would be no exaggeration to say that he kept the British State together over a generation. ‘The Supreme Command’ (1961) by Hankey, though largely ignored today, is the most complete inside description of Britain’s Great War on Germany. It contains details of the planning for that war by the person who oversaw it, coordinated it and put it into operation from August 1914.

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Name: Lovat Fraser's Tour Of Ireland In 1913

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Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Belfast Historical & Educational Society

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ISBN: 1 872078 03

Contents: An event within the Home Rule conflict.

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Name: Luise Haushofer's Jail Notes

Subtitle: Her recollections of life in Nazi confinement, with Letters Exchanged between Karl Haushofer and Paul Renner

Author: Haushofer, Luise

Editor: Clifford, Angela

Category: German-Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2005

ISBN: 0 85034 109 4

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Name: Memoirs Of My Jewish Great Grandfather (Karl Holzer)

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Author: Holzer, Karl

Editor: Abukhalil, M.A.

Category: German-Irish Collection

Publisher: Belfast Historical & Educational Society

Published: 2002

ISBN: 1 872078 07 8

Contents: Karl Holzer—a successful Jewish businessman in Vienna—wrote down his Memoirs for his children and grandchildren in the 1920s. His daughter, fleeing Nazism in the late 1930s, brought them to London. A copy of them was sent to her niece in Israel—and eventually came into the hands of his great-grand-daughter—M. A. AbuKhalil—back in London. Nothing too unusual there. What is curious is that his great-grand-daughter is Arabic, as well as Jewish—excluded from Palestine by a military campaign in which her Jewish uncle played a leading part.

Confused? You soon will be!

Many refugees have published their experiences. What is unusual about this book is that it tells the story of a family which had to start life again three times over.

Hedi Aufrichtig was Karl's grand-daughter. She escaped from Europe on an illegal refugee ship to Palestine, where she offended her Jewish milieu by marrying a Palestinian Arab. The fulfilment of the Zionist dream by the Jews of Palestine forced her to start a second life in Cyprus, and then a third in London.

This book contains Karl Holzer's Memoir, in both the original German and an English translation by Angela Clifford. It is introduced by M.A. AbuKhalil. An Epilogue continues Hedi's story, while an Appendix examines how a huge swathe of Hedi's in-laws were driven out of their homeland in 1947-1948.

The story provides a unique insight into the position of Jews in the Austro-Hungarian Empire and into the Palestine / Zion conflict.

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Name: Memoirs Of William Sampson

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Author: Sampson, William

Editor: Robinson, Kenneth

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2007

ISBN: 978 085034 117 1

Contents: William Sampson was one of the United Irishmen who was singled out for ill-treatment by the authorities, with the malevolence continuing even after he was sent into exile. What earned him the particular hatred of the ruling junta was that, unlike most of the other Northern United Irishmen, he was of themselves: from an Ascendancy family, an Attorney at Law, Church of Ireland, well-to-do, and, as he says, "the road to advancement open". But, instead of climbing the ladder to legal eminence, he used his brilliant talents to undermine the oppressive regime: writing and petitioning for constitutional government, and defending United Irishmen in court. He was driven to such "sedition" by the manner in which Ireland was being ruled by a "terrorist Parliament".

In this book, having told the story of his confinement, exile and further confinements, Sampson writes a History of Ireland, concluding "for six hundred years and more…we have seen our country exposed to never ceasing torments, and struggling against oppressions as cruel as absurd". In this, brief accounts are given of the Irish policies of various Kings who, after the Reformation, are described as "Popes" on the English throne. The story is brought up to his own times, with vivid instances of how the military beat the population down into submission.

This is not a dispassionate Memoir or academic History. It is a story, strongly located in time and place—one which is told with the simple objective of furthering the cause of reform in Ireland. But it is a story, above all, and all sorts of weird and wonderful things turn up in it: the 'Ancient Britons' of Wales, who were 'jumpers'; Portugese prison life; revolutionary local government in France; and even a vignette of the special position of women in French social life.

All the more surprising, therefore, that William Sampson's Memoirs have not been kept in print. The present complete reprint is introduced and annotated by Kenneth Robinson. It is based on the second, extended, edition of 1817 and the republication marks the bicentary of the Memoirs.

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Name: Military Aspects Of Ireland's Arms Crisis Of 1969-70

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Author: Clifford, Angela

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2006

ISBN: 1 874157 16 2

Contents: One of the best-kept secrets of recent decades is the 1969-70 military policy of Jack Lynch's Government, improvised during and after the 'Siege of Derry' and subsequent disorders in the North. The Army was for the first time in fifty years ordered to the Border. The cover story was that Field Hospitals and Refugee Camps had o be established for Northerners. In fact, the mobilisation was comprehensive and the two Army Reserve Forces were brought into play.

A study of released Secret official documents, some 30 of which are reproduced here, reveals that the Army was ordered to prepare to arm the Northern Ireland minority and to provide military training. It was also ordered to prepare for military operations in Northern Ireland. It took these orders seriously and set about special training and re-equipment. For the first time in half a century there was military thinking about Northern Ireland.

This policy lasted from mid-August 1969 until Jack Lynch changed tack, created the Arms Crisis in late April/early May 1970, and criminalised some of those who had been implementing Cabinet policy. He ousted his Minister for Justice (Michael O Morain); dismissed two Cabinet Ministers (Neil Blaney and Charles Haughey); arrested James Kelly, the Intelligence Captain chiefly concerned with liaising with Northern Citizens' Defence, along with John Kelly, a Northern Defence Committee leader, as well as a Belgian businessman who was only marginally involved, Albert Luykx. The accusation was that they had been conspiring to illegally import arms. The documents in this book prove beyond doubt, however, that the arms importation was part of Government policy.

The political theatre of the Arms Crisis changed the medium of political life in the South, and set going a new political and military departure in the Northern Nationalist community.

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Name: Millstreet—The Cockpit Of Ireland

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Author: Lane, Jack

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2002

ISBN: 1 903497 03 5

Contents: Visitors and Public Meetings over two centuries.

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Name: Moabite Sonnets (1944-45)

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Author: Haushofer, Albrecht

Editor: Clifford, Angela

Category: German-Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2001

ISBN: 0 85034 092 6

Contents: German, with an English translation by Angela Clifford. Introduction by Angela Clifford: The Haushofers, Geopolitics And The Second World War. Albrecht Haushofer's "Moabite Sonnets", which were written in a Nazi Jail in 1944-45, appear here for the first time in English translation, along with the original German text. In these 79 personal, philosophical and political Sonnets Albrecht mourns the fate of his country under Hitler from the viewpoint of a thoroughly German Jew who chose to serve the National Socialist State with a view to modifying its policies, or later, of overthrowing it. But how did a Jewish anti-Nazi get into such a position? Angela Clifford, the translator of the poems, tries to answer that question in an Introduction which shows the linkage between the Geopolitics developed by Sir Halford Mackinder, long-term Director of the London School of Economics; General Professor Karl Haushofer, who took up and developed the Mackinder ideas; Rudolf Hess, military aide-de-camp and student of Haushofer's, who became Adolf Hitler's Secretary; and, finally Adolf Hitler, who fed his expansionist vision for a German East European Empire on those strategic principles. No doubt Mackinder came to wonder whether he had been too open when theorising the British strategic experience of Empire and developing new Imperial perspectives for his British audience, especially when it was suggested in America during the Second World War that he had provided a programme for Hitler. It was Karl's unique position with the Nazi hierarchy which gave his son, Albrecht, his chance?or, rather, which put him in a dilemma. Albrecht played for high stakes and reckoned on being either forced to become Hitler's Foreign Minister or being executed. In the wake of the misfired assassination attempt of 20th July 1944, imprisoned, and then shot just as the Russians were entering Berlin. However, he saved his Sonnets, which were clutched in his dead fist, and in many ways, they speak for him. 94 pp. Illustrations, Bibliography, Index.

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Name: More of her espionage reports from Ireland to Winston Churchill

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Author: Bowen, Elizabeth

Editor: Lane, Jack

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2009

ISBN: 978 1 903497 54 8

Contents: This is the second collection of Elizabeth Bowen’s espionage reports which we are publishing. We had thought that somebody among her many fans would have gone to the trouble of locating as many as possible of the approximately 200 reports she wrote during the War years and continued the work of making them available. However, these fans do not seem to consider them important enough though she obviously did so - considering the enormous effort that went into the preparation of them. This publication contains the evidence that Churchill and the War Cabinet also considered them important. Important enough to discuss them and take decisions on the basis of them. That alone would justify their availability as historical documents. We do hope that more will appear but that we will be saved the bother of publishing them. Also included is background material on the War including a proposal by Nicholas Mansergh who was a leading functionary in the Ministry of Information?

Extracts: CONTENTS Foreword by Jack Lane 5 Notes on Eire, July 13th, 1940 by Elizabeth Bowen 6 Notes on Ireland, 21st July, 1940 by E. Bowen 12 Notes on Ireland, 31st July, 1940 by E. Bowen 17 Notes on Eire, 14th August, 1940 by E. Bowen 24 Annex 1. Churchill’s acknowledgement 30 Annex 2. Omission from one copy of a report 31 Annex 3. Correspondence about the reports 32 Annex 4. H. V. Hodson 34 Annex 5. Churchill’s plans to ‘save’ Ireland from the Germans 35 Annex 6. A proposal by Nicholas Mansergh 36 Index 37

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Name: Muriel MacSwiney

Subtitle: Letters To Angela Clifford

Author: Clifford, Angela

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1996

ISBN: 0 85034 00 76

Contents: This book is about Muriel McSwiney—not Mary. The wife—not the sister?of the Republican Martyr who died after two-and-a-half months on Hunger Strike in 1920. Terence knew he had a revolutionary destiny to fulfil and was not going to marry—that is, until he met Muriel Frances Murphy, a beautiful Cork heiress who was ardently concerned about social injustice and who believed Irish freedom would bring social justice along with independence. Muriel gave her husband a brief measure of personal happiness during their three years together, as well as doing what she could to further the national cause. When the time of the grim test came, though she had been in poor health, she was the perfect helpmate, sitting quietly by his bedside daily, attending at the offices of the Self-Determination League to give bulletins on his health, smiling for reporters, keeping calm throughout. She did not physically collapse till right at the end. Muriel went on to live for another sixty years after that fateful episode. This book attempts to trace her subsequent life: her work against the Treaty, espousal of Jim Larkin's Communist Party and the Continental revolutionary movement, and political committment to the oppressed the world over. Muriel's politics after 1923 were not to the satisfaction of Catholic-nationalist Ireland. There was one child of the marriage, Máire. She was kidnapped from Germany by Mary MacSwiney, and brought to Ireland, where the deed was ratified by the courts. This severe blow nearly killed Muriel, but she pulled through and went on working for the causes she believed in. The last of these was the housing agitation led by Dennis Dennehy, whose Hunger Strike caught her attention, coinciding as it did with the 50th anniversary celebrations of the sitting of the First Dail in early 1969. It was that social agitation which occasioned the unique feature of this book, the letters written by Muriel to Angela Clifford in the following few years. These letters fill out Muriel's public profile, and reveal her as a progressive well ahead of her time. Ireland is now catching up on her world-view. Perhaps this book will help to get her the acknowledgement she deserves, and give her her rightful place in the inclusive Ireland which is the current aspiration. 168 pp. Bibliography. Index.

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Name: Myths From Easter 1916

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Author: Neeson, Eoin

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2007

ISBN: 978 1 903497 34 0

Contents: Eoin Neeson is the author of 23 books and 14 plays. Much of his historic writing has been devoted to subjects ignored or neglected before his own work appeared—The Civil War in Ireland; A History of Irish Forestry; Birth of the Republic; the Epic of the Tain—to name but four of his ground-breaking works.

In Myths from Easter 1916 he again breaks new ground, examining and disposing of myths that have grown and ripened with the years and also suggesting answers to the questions:—

i. Why did the Civil War occur? ii What might have happened had Michael Collins not been killed?

It is a book that no one interested in the course of formative Irish history can afford to miss.

Neeson was born and reared in Cork. Of his books, five, including this one, are on history. Much of his other work is devoted to Mythology, his most recent, An Tain, the Imperishable Celtic Epic, being the first narrative version of the entire epic in modern language. His historical novels under the pseudonym Donal O'Neill led to his being dubbed "the Walter Scott of Ireland". He now lives in Dublin and lectures at home and abroad.

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Name: Narrative History Of Ireland (Stair-Sheanchas Éireann)

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Author: Ó Siochfhradha, Mícheál

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Category: Gaelic Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2005

ISBN: 1 903497 21 3

Contents: Seo stair na hÉireann, ón tsean-aimsir go dtí an lá inniu, curtha in eagar ag Mícheál Ó Siochfhradha ó Chorcha Dhuibhne. Tá aistí eile sonnracha sa leabhar seo, mar atá, fianaise Phádraig Uí Shiochfhradha ("An Seabhac") i dtaobh Sheachtain na Cásca 1916, agus cur síos ar an tslí ar chuaigh cúrsaí domhanda i bhfeidhm ar stair na hÉireann sa fichiú aois. Má tá ré an aithbhreithiúnachais i stair scríobhtha na hÉireann ag teacht chun deiridh,is mithid breathnú siar arís ar an nós inar chuir stairithe na hÉireann an scéal ársa sin in iúl don tsaol. This is a narrative history of Ireland from prehistoric times until the present day. It gives a lucid, concise account of all the major events over two millenia. It is the perfect introduction to the course of Irish history and it was a standard school textbook for many years at Secondary level. It was originally published in Irish only by the Educational Company of Ireland. This is a bilingual edition. As in previous publications we have retained the original Gaelic script. Therefore, the book is both a study of history and a means of studying some Gaelic as well as an opportunity to appreciate a modern example of the unique Gaelic script.

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Name: Ned Buckley's Poems

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Author: Buckley, Ned

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

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Contents: 112 pp. Paperback.

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Name: Northern Ireland And The Algerian Analogy

Subtitle: A Suitable Case For Gaullism?

Author: Roberts, Hugh

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Category: Northern Ireland Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1986

ISBN: 0 85034 031 4

Contents: The assumption that the Ulster Protestants are a privileged and reactionary colonial caste, comparable with the Europeans in Algeria, is widespread within the English liberal and left intelligentsia, and has exercised an influence on Government policy towards the province since 1968. An analogy between the Unions and the "colons" in Algeria is frequently alluded to, if rarely argued explicitly. In this book, Hugh Roberts, who has devoted the last 13 years to a specialist study of Algeria, subjects these assumptions to detailed scrutiny and devastating criticism. The idea that the British Government has only to take on the Unionists as De Gaulle took on the "colons" was central to the strategic conception underlying the Anglo-Irish Agreement. Hugh Roberts shows that this idea rests on a basic historical ignorance of both Algeria and Ireland, even when it is expounded by such an eminent academic as R. W. Johnson, and that the political strategy derived from it is a practical impossibility. At a time when that bungled piece of colonialist engineering, the Hillsborough Agreement, is visibly collapsing, Hugh Roberts' analysis provides an indispensable key to the Northern Ireland problem, and a long overdue refutation of the tacitly racist stereotype of the Ulster Protestants which is current in the English press and Universities. 72 pp.

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Name: Northern Ireland: What Is It?

Subtitle: Professor Mansergh Changes His Mind

Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: Irish Politics

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2011

ISBN: 1 8740157 26 7

Contents: This book is called Northern Ireland: What Is It? It might also have been called, Northern Ireland: What Is It For? After all, there must have been good reason to establish such a perverse system of government in a society so divided. Or perhaps The State Of Northern Ireland would have been to the point. The ambiguity of that title also goes to the heart of what this book is about: the governing arrangement established by Britain and the trouble it has caused. The 1920 Government of Ireland Act described itself as providing for the "good government" of an area broken off from Ireland—but the forms it set up made bad government inevitable. In a sense "Northern Ireland" was a time-bomb planted by stealth with the detonation coming some fifty years later.

But why was this done? What was "Northern Ireland" for? That is a question which has never been considered.

This book considers what was established in Northern Ireland and why. The why is important. It had—and continues to have—to do with the handling of the bit of Ireland which broke the Imperial State: an Ireland which had to cope with seeing a national minority misgoverned across the Border.

Professor Nicholas Mansergh was a historian, constitutional expert, and part of the inner ruling class of Britain. He wrote a book on Northern Ireland in 1936 which correctly described the constitutional form while misconceiving its politics. In 1983 he altered his opinion of "Northern Ireland" and endorsed an academic description of it as an Irish 'state', setting a trend picked up by a medley of other academics. This book takes a look at those writings and takes issue with their approach, which fitted in with the new Oxbridge project of "Re-Writing Irish History". History-writing has become a political project. If war is a continuation of politics by other means, it might be said that politics is a continuation of war by other means. Britain may have lost in 1922, but the war is not over yet.

"Northern Ireland" is clearly continuing to serve the purpose for which it was set up.

A Belfast Magazine, No. 38.

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Name: On Hitler And Mussolini

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Author: Murphy, James

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: German-Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2002

ISBN: 0 58034 087 10

Contents: The collection of writings by James Murphy (1880-1946) reprinted here has the general aim of explaining the emergence of Fascism in Europe in the 1920s and 1930s as a historical phenomenon arising out of the elemental consequences of the First World War. Murphy, an ordained priest who dropped out of clerical practice, was closely involved with the Italian situation during the war and for some years afterwards. He then moved to Germany, where he was on familiar terms with Einstein, Schrodinger and Max Planck. He was thus exceptionally qualified to comment on the affairs of both countries. As well as providing background information to facilitate the reader in following these Italian and German events, Brendan Clifford, in an extensive introduction, reviews modern Germany's difficulties in coming to terms with the aftermath of war. Particular attention is paid to the furore around the speech to the Bundestag by Speaker Phillip Jenninger on the 50th anniversary of Kristallnacht. An appendix on The Jewish Problem in interwar eastern Europe completes this collection. Athol Books has already re-published the "International Forum", the star-studded magazine Murphy produced in Berlin in 1931. The present volume will further enhance the reputation of a remarkable European, who seemed equally at home in the worlds of philosophy, literature, abstruse physics, and practical politics.

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Name: Orange

Subtitle: A Political Rhapsody In Three Cantos

Author: Gillard, George

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: Northern Ireland Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

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Contents: Reprint of exuberant swan-song of the Williamite aristocracy which ruled Ireland between the Battle of the Boyne and the Act of Union. First published in Dublin in 1798. Pamphlet.

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Name: Orange Terror

Subtitle: The Partition Of Ireland

Author: Ultach

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: Northern Ireland Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1995

ISBN: 1 874157 04 9

Contents: First published in The Capuchin Annual in 1943. Reprinted in "A Belfast Magazine", No. 15, Jan. 1995. Pamphlet.

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Name: Pat Murphy, Social Republican

Subtitle: Tribute to his Life and Work, 1937-2009

Author: O'Connor, Philip

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Publisher: Howth Free Press

Published: 2009

ISBN: 978-0-955316-30-4

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Name: Preposterous Paradoxes Of Ambassador Morgenthau

Subtitle: A factual story about politics, propaganda and distortions

Author: Aya, Server

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Category: Miscellaneous

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2013

ISBN: 978-085034-125-6

Contents: Justin McCarthy, Professor of History at the University of Louisville has written of this book: Sükrü Server Aya has done a service to our understanding of history with his analysis of Ambassador Morgenthau's reports on the Armenian Question in the Ottoman Empire. Morgenthau has long held a prominent place in what has become the popularly accepted history of the events of World War I. His descriptions of Armenian suffering feature prominently in accusations that the Ottomans committed genocide. The difficulty, as demonstrated by Aya, is that Morgenthau readily accepted fabricated evidence and himself falsified the record.

Aya's method is simple. He takes Morgenthau's statements and identified the false, the prejudiced, and the impossible. He compares Morgenthau's written accounts with his diaries, showing that much of what Morgenthau allegedly heard from Ottoman officials on plans to exterminate Armenians was complete invention. He analyses the prejudices and political calculations that led to Morgenthau's deception.

This book is not one of the polemics and baseless assertions that too often have characterised histories of the Turks and Armenians. It is a book of incredible detail that demands careful consideration. The effort of readers, however, will be repaid with a new understanding of history and of the creation of the mythology of the events of World War I.

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Name: Prison Adverts And Potato Diggings

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Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: United Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1992

ISBN: 0 85034 052 7

Contents: The most wholehearted rebellious act of the United Irish movement of the North was the great constitutional potatoe digging of 1796. People assembled by hundreds and thousands to harvest the potatoes and other crops of neighbours who were imprisoned for alleged treason by the terrorist Government of Lord Camden (1795-98). Another remarkable feature of the time was business advertising from prison by eminently respectable Belfast businessmen. This booklet reprints some of those advertisements, along with "Northern Star" reports of the "hasty digging" of potatoes, and other major events in the life of Antrim and Down during the years when reckless and arbitrary government built up the pressures that found release in the Rebellion of 1798. Pamphlet

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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 (Please Note. This publication is not currently available.)

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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 on the Great War:

Subtitle: A commentary on 'Sir Roger Casement on Sir Edward Grey' and on 'A Pacific Blockade'

Author: Walsh, Pat

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Category: German/Irish

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2017

ISBN: 978-0-85034-134-8

Contents: The war against Germany was decreed years ago by those powers that own the Foreign Office and drive, not guide, the English people, and the personality of the Foreign Minister had as little to do with the result achieved as the personal character of an Archbishop of Canterbury has to do with the policy of the Church of England.

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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: 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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Name: Seán O'Hegarty

Subtitle: O/C First Cork Brigade Irish Republican Army

Author: Girvin, Kevin

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2007

ISBN: 9-781903-2973-02

Contents: A first and long overdue biographical study of Seán O'Hegarty, Officer Commanding, First Cork Brigade, Irish Republican Army, during the Irish War of Independence. O'Hegarty was one of the most effective military commanders in the Cork area during the period of greatest strain and activity from 1920 to 1921. A direct successor of Tomás MacCurtain and Terence MacSwiney, his significance has long been overshadowed by his martyred comrades.

As a leading member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Republican Army, Seán O'Hegarty's life personifies the national independence movment. The quality of his leadership was an inspiration to those who served with him. His contribution to the struggle for national independence stands proudly alongside those of Tom Barry, Seán Moylan, and Liam Lynch.

Seán O'Hegarty was responsible more than any other individual for the aggressive and militant activities which placed Cork No.1 Brigade amongst the leading Brigades in Ireland'. Tom Barry

'Seán O'Hegarty was a man whose leadership was an inspiration to us all, whose sense of humour and integrity was a shining example'.Florrie O'Donoghue

Kevin Girvin is a native of Cork and is a graduate of University College Cork. He received a BA in history and Greek & Roman Civilisation in 2002 and an M.Phil in history in 2003. He is currently employed at the University.
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Name: Selected Writings Of William Drennan, Volume One

Subtitle: The Irish Volunteers, 1775-1790

Author: Drennan, William

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: United Irish Collection

Publisher: Belfast Historical & Educational Society

Published: 1998

ISBN: 1 872078 05 2

Contents: William Drennan played an active part in the Irish Volunteer movement in the 1780s; in the United Irish movement (of which he was a founder) in the 1790s; and in the campaign of the Protestant interest in Ireland against the passing of the Act of Union during the years after the suppression of the 1798 Rebellion. The Belfast Historical & Educational Society is publishing a selection of his writings in three volumes, one for each of these periods. The first volume contains his most influential pamphlet, the "Letters Of Orellana", published in 1784 for the purpose of reinvigorating the reform movement of the Volunteers, which was then at a low ebb. Also included are Drennan's letters to William Bruce, in which the United Irish movement is foreshadowed; and a selection from the letters exchanged between Drennan, his sister Martha, and her husband, Sam M'Tier. Most of the 200 items in this section are appearing in print for the first time. A number of poems written by Drennan round out this book. 236 pp. Index to Letters. Illustrated.

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Name: Selected Writings Of William Drennan, Volume Three

Subtitle: The Union and Emmet's Rebellion, 1798-1803

Author: Drennan, William

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: United Irish Collection

Publisher: Belfast Historical & Educational Society

Published: 2002

ISBN: 1 8720078 06 0

Contents: The third volume of William Drennan's "Selected Writings', like the first two, contains a mix of day to day gossip and political commentary. This series might almost be described as a United Irish 'soap'—because the main protagonists in this story, William Drennan and his sister, Martha M'Tier, had both been involved in the ferment surrounding the Rebellion of 1798. This volume picks up the story after the Rebellion, when brother and sister exchange information about what is happening to the rebels, discuss the proposed Act of Union, and are shocked by Emmet's attempt to reverse the Union with Britain (which these days would be called Direct Rule or Integration). Martha is particularly concerned about the fate of Emmet's Northern colleague, Thomas Russell, of whom she is particularly fond. On the personal level, William overcomes every obstacle and finally manages to marry his early love, Sarah Swanwick. And now their children become part of the story? Apart from the sizeable selection of letters, the book contains Drennan's pamphlets protesting against the Union, and his poem, "Glendalloch", which is a poetical review of Irish history. Kenneth Robinson supplies highly informative footnotes and reviews the events of the first three volumes.

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Name: Selected Writings Of William Drennan, Volume Two

Subtitle: The United Irish Years, 1791-1798

Author: Drennan, William

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: United Irish Collection

Publisher: Belfast Historical & Educational Society

Published: 1998

ISBN: 1 872078 04 4

Contents: The letters which form the core of this book help the reader to imagine the political turmoil of Ireland 200 years ago. The writers were all deeply involved in those events. William Drennan, whose roots were in Belfast, was living in Dublin at this time. He was in the Dublin United Irish Society. His brother-in-law, Sam M'Tier, was very active in the Belfast Society. Martha, wife and sister to United Irishmen, was as active as her circumstances permitted. The letters between these people were much more than family gossip. They were part of the communications network binding the decentralised United Irish Societies together. Drennan and the M'Tiers have news to exchange, and political ideas to discuss, so the letters contain gossip, chit-chat, proposals about how a reform might be achieved, and ideas about tactics. For that generation, politics was a central concern. That means the letters give an unusual insight into what the United Irish movement was really about: it is not historians putting their own gloss on the past?but the past speaking for itself. Perhaps the most interesting problem that continually comes up in the letters is how the idealistic reforming Dissenters are to relate to Catholics. The Glorious Revolution ideology was deeply anti-Catholic, suppressing some liberties in order to develop others and, more important, to preserve the property arrangements made by the Revolution. And—like today?Catholics and Protestants found it difficult to understand each other's world-view. They found common ground in the progressive ideology of the Rights of Man—but difficulties remained. In these letters Drennan talks frankly about such matters in a way he could never have done in public at the time—and so provides insights into the past which are unique. The present volume contains some published poems as well as a 1795 pamphlet by Drennan which was circulated very widely at the time. A substantial section of the M'Tier/Drennan Correspondence is published here for the first time. The present volume is to be followed by two others, containing writings from the preceding Volunteer period, and the subsequent times in which the Act of Union occurred. 220 pp. Index.

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Name: Six Days Of The Irish Republic

Subtitle: An Eyewitness Account Of 1916

Author: Redmond-Howard, L. G.

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2006

ISBN: 1 903497 27 2

Contents: Also contains a profile of Roger Casement, written during his trial; the Irish Case for the League of Nations; and a play written jointly with Harry Carson (the Ulster leader's son).
Introduction by Brendan Clifford.

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Name: Slovak Spring

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Author: Novomesky, Ladislav

Editor: Minahane, John

Category: General

Publisher: Belfast Historical & Educational Society

Published: 2004

ISBN: 1 872078 10 9

Contents: Ladislav Novomesky's poems and literary essays, originally written in Slovak, are published here in English for the first time. Novomesky is a valuable witness of the twentieth century, seen from Central Europe during the key period from the 1920s to the 1970s. He writes, for example, about time flying, things lost, and finding oneself stranded in time and the gambles one might take to try to avoid that fate. The introduction by John Minahane reviews the entire body of his writing, which is presented as 'part of the missing intellectual history of the twentieth century - missing until now in the English-speaking lands'.

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Name: Spotlights On Irish History

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Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 1997

ISBN: 0 9521081 5 1

Contents: "Spotlights On Irish History" looks at major personalities, movements and events through which Ireland developed from what Pearse called a "mob" into a nation. Brendan Clifford, at a series of meetings held in his native Slieve Luacra, looked over the past from the standpoint of the present. Slieve Luacra is a region in which, amidst all the "revisionist" undermining, the past has held firm enough to make this possible. The book consists of accounts of those meetings, the discussions as well as the opening talks. The participants in those history meetings were not academics doing what they were paid for. They were farmers, workers, business people and teachers who had done their day's work and were at the meetings on the basis of sheer interest. It had not been our intention to cite any press comments in our praise, but as we go to print the "Sunday Business Post", through the pen of Mary Ellen Synon, has made such a flattering comment on the "Aubane Historical Society" that we cannot refrain from quoting it: "I know enough about North Cork to know that the society has just about six active members and none of them historians". Talks given at Duhallow Heritage Centre on?*The Confederation of Kilkenny Battles of Knocknanoss and Knockbrack; *Edmund Burke And The United Irishmen, Their relevance in Ireland today; *John Philpot Curran Of Newmarket; *Daniel O'Connell And Republican Ireland; *The Famine ; *The Irish Civil War, the conflict that shaped the state; *with extra material on Roy Foster's "History" and other matters. 168 pp. Illustrations. Index.

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Name: The Great Fraud Of 1914-18

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Author: Walsh, Pat

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Category: General

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2014

ISBN: ISBN 978-0-85034-12

Contents: The Great War of 1914 was Britain's Great War. But it should also be called Britain's Great Fraud on Ireland and the world. When Britain encouraged and then entered the European war that was taking shape in August 1914 it made it into a Great War. It was Great Britain that put the Great in the Great War. That is to say that without Great Britain's participation in it there would have been no Great War. In entering the European war Britain stated its aims in grand universal terms that were idealistic in the extreme. These aims were not only idealistic and unachievable but they were fraudulent. The objective of the Great Fraud was to show to the world that Britain was fighting a good war against an evil that had to be vanquished. The war was proclaimed as being for "civilisation against the Barbarian", for "democracy" against "Prussianism". And it was also supposedly a "war for small nations" for "poor little Belgium" or for "gallant Servia" and for a host of other long forgotten things. But what it came down to was a pulverising of Germany and the taking of its trade and markets in what was a traditional Balance of Power war catastrophically invested with a great moral mission. The Fraud that was perpetrated on Ireland and the world, concerning the character of the war Britain proclaimed itself to be fighting, was produced in order to convince any doubters, at home and abroad, about the rightfulness of it. These reasons were also later useful in enlisting the cannon fodder necessary to see the job through. And when Britain's Great War did not prove great enough to achieve its objectives and the United States had to be procured as an ally to complete the job the Great Fraud was both perpetuated and enhanced. A massive propaganda effort was launched that not only coloured the settlement of the war to the detriment of Europe and beyond but also created the myths that mystify understanding of it to this day. And so vast armies were recruited for the waging of the war and millions of people were killed in it, including tens of thousands of Irishmen who enlisted in the British Army to fight, inspired by the professed ideals of establishing 'Democracy' and the 'Rights of Small Nations' universally, and especially in Ireland. Britain's Great War and the Home Rulers decision to take part in it had momentous consequences for Ireland. Out of it came the fall of the Home Rule Party and of 'Imperial Ireland' as a result of Britain failing to win the quick victory that was expected. As well, in revulsion against the murderous British swindle, there came the rise of the Irish democracy and the Irish Republic.

Extracts: Part 1. Delenda est Germania The island nation The Problem of Germany Socialized Germany The commercial war Keeping British supremacy The making of a Great War England's Strategic Reorientation Britain and France Britain and Russia The Command of the Seas Britain's continental army Encirclement of Germany The Disarming of Dissent Gallant Serbia Constantinople to Baghdad. Part 2. The War on Germany The issue of Belgium Edward Grey's speech Belgium and the collapse of war opposition "Poor Little Belgium" War propaganda The Redmondite Fraud "Prussianism" The Great Moral War Redmond's War The Italian job The blockade of Germany The starvation blockade The submarine response The fall of The Liberal Government Conscription Pope Benedict's Peace effort Ireland in 1916 Part 3. The War on the Ottoman Empire The War on the Baghdad Railway Britain and the Young Turks Britain’s war on the Ottoman Empire The Gallipoli crusade Demise of Serbia The British and neutral Greece The destruction of the Ottoman Empire The Armenian tragedy Britain and Zionism Christian Fundamentalism and the Great War Anti-Semitic Zionism Triple-cross of the Arabs Britain and Iraq Part 4. The endgame and after Benedict’s Peace Note The Peace of No Peace The Fourteen Points and the Armistice The Siege of Europe Germany besieged The Official History Producing ‘The Huns of 1940’ The Famine lever Treaty of Versailles Across the Blockade Britain and the League Ireland and the war for small nations The problem of ‘self-determination’ The Northern Catholics

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Name: The 'Cork Free Press' In The Context of The Parnell Split

Subtitle: The Restructuring of Ireland, 1890-1910

Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 1998

ISBN: 0 9521081 06 10

Contents: Aftermath of the Irish Big Bang: Redmondism; Fenians; Clericalism; The Land War; Russellites; Land & Labour League, and All-For-Ireland League?an Irish pluralist political development originating in County Cork. 168pp. Index.

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Name: The Administration Of Ireland, 1920

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Author: Street, Major C. J. C.

Editor: Walsh, Pat

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2001

ISBN: 0 85034 089 6

Contents: In 1920 it must have been inconceivable to British governing circles, and British public opinion in general, that Britain could 'lose' Ireland. Large additions had recently been made to the Empire by victory in the Great War. Imperial glory was at its height. And the possibility that the Empire should begin to unravel so close to home was not to be entertained. And so, when England's oldest colony—the other green and pleasant land which had so often been conquered and so often been declared to be irrevocably British?voted to be independent in the 1918 General Election, the British Parliament and Government decided to take no notice of the vote. Major Street was part of the mighty military machine that had just won the greatest war in history and that was now deployed in support of the British Administration of Ireland against the will of the Irish electorate. He had specialised in Intelligence and Propaganda in the World War, and he was now deputed to provide propaganda legitimacy for the Black-and-Tan War. The book he produced is of interest as a coherent statement of the British case, published while the British Government still had the expectation of winning that war. And it has the further interest that Major Street had privileged access to the secret files of the Dublin Castle administration and made informative use of them. The book is thus both itself a historical document and a source of documents not generally available. It is of course written with propaganda 'spin', which the reader will allow for as he sees fit. The "Administration Of Ireland, 1920" is reproduced in full, along with the original Index. But we have not reproduced the green cover embossed with crowned harp in which it first appeared. This is followed by a substantial extract from "Ireland in 1921"—a disillusioned book published in 1922, when Britain had given up the attempt to maintain direct control of Ireland, had negotiated with the 'murderers' as statesmen, and was attempting to keep Ireland within the indirectly-held Empire, the "Commonwealth", as had been done with the South African Boers. Major Street, the intelligent and purposeful Imperialist, let his pain at this "compromising" turn of events be felt. That was at a time when therre was in England an incipient fascist movement, determined to maintain the glory of Empire against the "hidden hand" which was manipulating the "dark forces" of dissolution. A review of Major Street's other books is provided by Brendan Clifford, showing that muc that British propaganda of later times attributed to German Militarism or Fascism was to be found much closer to home. An introduction to the "British Administration Of Ireland, 1920" is provided by Dr. Pat Walsh, author of "Republicanism And Socialism" and "From Civil Rights To National War". 192 pp. (9.5" x 6") Bibliography. Index.

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Name: The Armenian Insurrection And The Great War

Subtitle: Including two pamphlets by and "Armen Garo"

Author: Walsh, Pat

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Publisher: Belfast Historical & Educational Society

Published: 2015

ISBN: 978-1-872078-23-6

Contents: The Great Calamity that engulfed the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire in 1915 has been narrowed down to a single question: Was the Young Turk Government in Istanbul guilty of Genocide? But the tragedy of the deaths of great numbers of Armenians, Turks and Kurds is inexplicable if confined solely to this. And it obscures important historical questions around the issues of instigation and betrayal that should be raised around these events. So a context is required to explain what really happened to produce such a disaster. That context is the Great War and the Armenian Insurrection. The Armenian Insurrection is described by a leading figure in it, the Dashnak revolutionary Dr. Pasdermadjian (Armen Garo), in writings long since forgotten. These put a very different complexion on the events of 1915. They describe a great moment of decision when the very existence of a people was gambled in the struggle for a Great Armenia, carved out of Ottoman territories in which the Armenians constituted a small minority. His two pamphlets reprinted here reveal that the 1914 Ottoman offer of an autonomous Armenian State was rejected by Armenians when what they thought was a better offer came from America, Britain and France. The price was that they fight the Ottomans. They gambled and lost, bringing disaster on the Armenian people. Also included is a commentary by Pat Walsh on the origin and development of 'the Armenian Question' and its culmination and final resolution in the catastrophic events in Anatolia brought about by the Great War. This reveals the instrumental part played by the Liberal Anglosphere in foisting dangerous notions of historic destiny on the Armenians and then a fraudulent war that encouraged them to destruction. When remembering the Armenian Great Calamity what should be sought is not only the truth, but the whole truth.

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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

Contents:

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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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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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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 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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Name: The Catholic Predicament In Northern Ireland

Subtitle: Volume One: Catastrophe. 1914-1968

Author: Walsh, Pat

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Category: Northern Ireland Collection

Publisher: Belfast Historical & Educational Society

Published: 2014

ISBN: 978-1-872078-20-5

Contents: 'Catastrophe' is the first volume of a two part study of the Catholic Political Predicament in 'Northern Ireland'. It traces the predicament that the Nationalists of the Six Counties faced after suffering the disaster in 1920-1 of being forced to endure life in the perverse political entity that became known as 'Northern Ireland'. That devious construction of the Westminster Parliament was made for Imperial purposes, to serve as a political instrument that had nothing to do with the 'Better Government of Ireland' or its people. Before 'Northern Ireland' was called into existence, Joe Devlin and his community looked forward to a future in a self-governing Ireland within the Empire, as promised by the British Liberal Government. But that future was aborted—despite the great sacrifice made by the Northern Catholics in Britain's Great War for 'small nations' and 'self-determination'—after Unionism brought force into politics and won for its supporters in Ulster a territory under a pseudo-state, disconnected from the State within which Devlin had been a rising force. That pseudo-state, with its simulacrum Parliament, represented a false-front for the British State that remained in Ireland after the Irish democracy had asserted itself between 1918 and 1921. It involved the large Catholic minority playing the part of a permanently subdued community, policed by the majority community that had prevented it from achieving its historic destiny. And even Michael Collins could not save it from this awful nightmare. The Northern Catholics not only suffered Partition in 1920-1, being cut off from the rest of the Irish Nation, which entered a new phase of development without them, but they were also separated from the UK state and its functional political structures. They were, therefore, trapped in a political limbo between states, with no means of escape. And, as this book shows, their escape attempts were barred not only by the British State that had consigned them to this political quarantine but also by their brethren in the Irish State and its major party, Fianna Fail. This was an impossible predicament within a deeply dysfunctional arrangement that was bound to end in tears for all concerned. And indeed it did, in August 1969, after the Nationalists had engaged in the Sean Lemass fantasy that they could improve their position by playing "Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition" in Stormont.

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Name: The Catholic Predicament In Northern Ireland

Subtitle: Volume Two: Resurgence. 1969-2016

Author: Walsh, Pat

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Category: Northern Ireland Collection

Publisher: Belfast Historical & Educational Society

Published: 2016

ISBN: 978-1-872078-26-7

Contents: In August 1969 came a pivotal event in the collective experience of the Catholics of the North after the Unionist Pogrom of that month set off a defensive Insurrection. Things could never be the same again. And they weren't. The Catholic community, let down in its hour of need by both the British Labour Government of the State and Jack Lynch's Government in Dublin, for the first time fell back on its own resources. In the vital hour it produced something from itself that transformed its situation, turning its position from one of subordination to that of equality. The Insurrection turned into a 28 Year War that set out to solve, once and for all, the political predicament that the Catholic community of the North had been sealed into back in 1920-1 by Westminster. That was when Britain set up the perverse political construct known as 'Northern Ireland' that generated an eternal conflict between its two communities, in which ’the minority' always came off worst. Volume One in this series, aptly titled Catastrophe, gives an account of what happened between 1914 and 1968, The present volume tells the rest of the story, putting military and political developments in context. Resurgence explains why the primary responsibility for that conflict lies with the architects and operators of the system that gave the minority community a stark choice only between permanent second-class status or war. And it describes how that War was ended to the advantage of the community, though short of its final objective, in such an effective way that momentum was carried from war to politics. It is the story of how the Catastrophe of 1920-5 was transformed by the Resurgence of August 1969 so that the map of Ireland can be unfolded again.

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Name: The Causes Of The Rebellion In Ireland

Subtitle: And Other Writings

Author: Birch, Ledlie

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: United Ireland Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1991

ISBN: 0 85034 046 2

Contents: "The Causes Of The Rebellion In Ireland" was written in the late summer of 1798. The author, Thomas Ledlie Birch, Presbyterian minister at Saintfield, Co. Down, for twenty years, was tried by Courtmartial in June 1798 on a charge of having taken part in the Rebellion. Because of his able defence, his sentence was the mild one of exile to America. "The Causes Of The Rebellion" was written either en route to America or immediately on landing there. It was first published in America, and was immediately reprinted in London. It was one of a kind—a book by a leading light of the United Irish movement, written soon after he had escaped hanging, at a moment when the Rebellion had not yet been quite suppressed and a political settlement through an abolition of the Ascendancy Parliament had not yet been proposed. It reviews the political history of Ireland since the achievement of legislative independence by the Ascendancy Parliament in 1782. And it concludes that the probable outcome of the events of 1798 would be a military despotism. Brendan Clifford, in his introduction, argues that only the Act of Union warded off a government of military despotism. Also included is the full text of Birch's pamphlet, "Physicians Languishing Under Disease", directed against the movement within Presbyterianism known as the Seceders. This movement was the forerunner of the apolitical development which became influential in later generations. All political movements must try to locate themselves in history. Birch's "Address To The Synod Of Ulster" in 1793, of which a substantial extract is given here, was in tune with the general United Irish orientation. The fact that the familiar landmarks of half a century have been uprooted in this bicentenary year of the formation of the United Irishmen may enable the reader to envisage the historical conceptions of the United Irishmen more easily than they might have done a couple of years ago. Extracts from the "Letter From Saintfield", which Birch contributed to the United Irish paper, "The Northern Star", round out this selection. Publication of this book completes the trilogy of reprints from the writings of the United Irishmen of Antrim and Down. The others are "Scripture Politics" by the Rev. William Steel Dickson, Minister at Portaferry and reputed United Irish General for Co. Down; and "Billy Bluff and The Squire", by James Porter, Minister at Greyabbey, who was hanged in 1798. 112 pp.

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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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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 Embers Of Revisionism

Subtitle: Essays Critiquing Creationist Irish History And Roy Foster On Ken Loach's 'The Wind That Shakes The Barley'

Author: Murphy, Dr. Brian P & Meehan, Niall

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2017

ISBN: 978-1-8-903497-86-9

Contents: Critiquing Creationist Irish History Dr. Niall Meehan Introduction – enter Conor Cruise O’Brien PART I MAKING SPACE FOR REVISIONISM PART II THE SOUTH 2.1 ‘Catholic Bourgeoisie’ 2.2 Southern Economy 2.3 ‘Wonderful Catholics’, ‘Good Little Protestants’ PART III REVISIONISM AND THE WAR OF INDEPENDENCE 3.1 Deceived Schoolboys 3.2 Journalists and History 3.3 Left, Right 3.4 Reporting History 3.5 Tales of the RIC 3.6 Academic Tales 3.7 Protestant Views 3.8 Adulterers and Homosexuals 3.9 Kilmichael Interviews 3.10 April Killings 3.11 Ethnic Cleansing Retreat PART IV CONCLUSION THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY Historical reflections on Roy Foster’s criticism of Ken Loach’s 2006 film Dr. Brian P. Murphy osb INTRODUCTION HISTORICAL BACKGROUND TO THE FILM THE CROWN FORCES DEMOCRATIC MANDATE AND REFERENCE TO RAQ SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC ISSUES SECTARIANISM SOME REFLECTIONS ON THE WRITING OF IRISH HISTORY I Southern Star letters on the West Cork History Festival

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Name: The Embers Of Revisionism

Subtitle: Essays Critiquing Creationist Irish History And Roy Foster On Ken Loach's 'The Wind That Shakes The Barley'

Author: Meehan, Niall & Murphy, Dr. Brian P

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Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2017

ISBN: 978-1-8-903497-86-9

Contents: Critiquing Creationist Irish History Dr. Niall Meehan Introduction – enter Conor Cruise O’Brien PART I MAKING SPACE FOR REVISIONISM PART II THE SOUTH 2.1 ‘Catholic Bourgeoisie’ 2.2 Southern Economy 2.3 ‘Wonderful Catholics’, ‘Good Little Protestants’ PART III REVISIONISM AND THE WAR OF INDEPENDENCE 3.1 Deceived Schoolboys 3.2 Journalists and History 3.3 Left, Right 3.4 Reporting History 3.5 Tales of the RIC 3.6 Academic Tales 3.7 Protestant Views 3.8 Adulterers and Homosexuals 3.9 Kilmichael Interviews 3.10 April Killings 3.11 Ethnic Cleansing Retreat PART IV CONCLUSION THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY Historical reflections on Roy Foster’s criticism of Ken Loach’s 2006 film Dr. Brian P. Murphy osb INTRODUCTION HISTORICAL BACKGROUND TO THE FILM THE CROWN FORCES DEMOCRATIC MANDATE AND REFERENCE TO RAQ SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC ISSUES SECTARIANISM SOME REFLECTIONS ON THE WRITING OF IRISH HISTORY I Southern Star letters on the West Cork History Festival

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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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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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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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Name: The Genesis Of National Socialism

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Author: Williams, T. Desmond

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Belfast Historical And Educational Society

Published: 2012

ISBN: 978-1-872078-16-8

Contents: The Genesis Of National Socialism is the magnum opus of Thomas Desmond Williams. He wrote it as a student at University College Dublin. A few years later he was made Professor of Modern History at UCD. But he never as Professor issued a work comparable for substance and quality with what he had written as a student.

The present work covers the formation, under the guidance of Prussia, of a single German state, by bringing together the scores of German petty states into a voluntary union.

Unfortunately, however, it does not deal at all with what is said to be its subject—the formation of the Nazi Party. Nevertheless it was awarded an Honours MA Degree.

As something produced within Irish academia, it is beyond comparison. It stands alone as a giant fragment that came from nowhere.

Williams served in British Intelligence before being appointed Professor of History at UCD. In a comment on Williams' work, Brendan Clifford describes the libel action brought against Williams by the wartime Irish Ambassador to Spain, Leopold Kerney, over allegations of collaboration with the Nazis made by Williams, apparently on the basis of what he thought he knew from his work as a British Intelligence operative.

Clifford also contrasts the way Germany united itself with the way England constructed and maintained the United Kingdom.

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Name: The Grammar Of Anarchy:

Subtitle: Force Or Law—Which?

Author: Horgan, J.J.

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2006

ISBN: 1 874157 15 4

Contents: The Grammar Of Anarchy was the final fling of Redmondite Home Rule in the literature of live politics.

It was published during the Conscription crisis of 1918. The copy deposited in the Copyright Library is date-stamped "30 Aug 18".

The author, or compiler, is identified in the first edition only by the initials J.J.H. In the second edition, published late in 1919, he revealed himself as John Joseph Horgan.

Apart from a brief Foreword by Horgan, the pamphlet consists of extracts from speeches made between 1910 and 1914 by members of the Opposition who had become members of the Government during the Great War. It was passed by the Censor, Major Bryan Cooper, who did not feel he could suppress statements made by members of the Government on whose authority he acted. But it was subsequently banned by the Government itself.

J.J. Horgan belonged to the substantial middle class core of the Home Rule Party. His father had been a Parnellite and a personal friend of Parnell. He was himself a loyal supporter of John Redmond, who died in March 1918, shortly before publication of the Grammar.

It must be emphasised that the Grammar was not a Sinn Féin publication.

The Grammar is an anti Sinn Féin publication. It is the swan-song of 'Constitutional nationalism' which, in its dying fall, charges the upholders of the Constitution with having destroyed it.

Its message was that the rise of Sinn Féin was made possible by the conduct of the senior politicians of the British State, which is demonstrated in their own words. That is the message, even though Sinn Féin is not mentioned.

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Name: The Graves Of Kilmorna

Subtitle: a story of '67

Author: Sheehan, Canon

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: Irish Themes

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2013

ISBN: 978-1-903497-78-4

Contents: The Graves Of Kilmorna is a novel of the Fenian Rising of 1867 and of the subsequent decline of national life in Ireland under the influence of the Home Rule Party. The central figure of the novel, a Fenian veteran, is killed by a Parliamentary mob for raising Fenian principles at an election meeting.
The author, Patrick Augustine Sheehan (1852-1913) completed the novel shortly before his death. It was published the following year, 1914, when the Home Rule Bill was being formally enacted by Parliament but was set aside in fact, the Home Rule leaders were recruiting Irish cannon-fodder for the British War on Germany and Turkey, and a new Rising was being planned.
Sheehan, the author of novels of high quality, was the Parish Priest of Doneraile in North Cork. He was actively involved in social and political affairs (land reform and the All-for-Ireland League). His first posting as a priest was to Exeter in England, where, as a prison chaplain at Dartmoor, he became familiar with the conditions in which Fenian prisoners were held.

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Name: The Great Fraud Of 1914-18

Subtitle: Electronic version

Author: Walsh, Pat

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Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2014

ISBN: 978-0-85034-12

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Name: The Great War And The Forced Migration Of Armenians

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Author: Cicek, Kemal

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Category: General

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2011

ISBN: 978-085034-123-2

Contents: "The study of the history of the Turks and Armenians in World War I has suffered from an excess of unsupported assertion. The Great War and The Forced Migration of Armenians corrects the record with research that considers all sides of the issue and, more important, bases its conclusions on facts rather than ideology.

"Kemal Çiçek carefully analyzes the various claims that have until now been largely accepted without proper scholarly scrutiny. Utilizing Ottoman, European, and American sources, he shows what actually happened during the relocation of the Ottoman Armenians.

"The Great War and The Forced Migration of Armenians will become a cornerstone of the history of the Turks and Armenians in World War I. In the future, anyone who studies that history with an open mind will not be able to ignore Çiçek's detailed and convincing analysis."

Justin McCarthy
Professor of History
University of Louisville

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Name: The Great War And The Forced Migration Of Armenians

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Author: Cicek, Kemal

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Category: General

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2011

ISBN: 978-085034-123-2

Contents: "The study of the history of the Turks and Armenians in World War I has suffered from an excess of unsupported assertion. The Great War and The Forced Migration of Armenians corrects the record with research that considers all sides of the issue and, more important, bases its conclusions on facts rather than ideology.

"Kemal Çiçek carefully analyzes the various claims that have until now been largely accepted without proper scholarly scrutiny. Utilizing Ottoman, European, and American sources, he shows what actually happened during the relocation of the Ottoman Armenians.

"The Great War and The Forced Migration of Armenians will become a cornerstone of the history of the Turks and Armenians in World War I. In the future, anyone who studies that history with an open mind will not be able to ignore Çiçek's detailed and convincing analysis."

Justin McCarthy
Professor of History
University of Louisville

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Name: The Heidegger Review

Subtitle: Issue 2

Author: Minahane, John

Editor: Minahane, John

Category: Periodicals

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2015

ISBN: 978-0-85034-131-7

Contents: - On the Poet-Philosophers of Greece –a Few Notes. Editorial .......... - Se‡n O’Faolain and the Poets John Minahane .......... - Michael Tierney and others, versus Se‡n O’Faol‡in: the Dispute in Studies, September 1938 .......... - Panta Rhei (continued) Niall Cusack .......... - Adventures with Nietzsche (Part 2) Brendan Clifford .......... - Heidegger, the Spiegel and the SS: a very German Civil War Philip O’Connor - On Orthodoxy Peter Brooke .......... - Simone Weil’s Rejection Of The Enlightenment Cathy Winch .......... - Selections from the Philosophical Notebooks, 1931-1932 Martin Heidegger

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Name: The Heidegger Review 2, PDF

Subtitle: electronic version

Author: Minahane, John

Editor: Minahane, John

Category: Periodicals

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2015

ISBN: 978-0-85034-131-7

Contents: - On the Poet-Philosophers of Greece –a Few Notes. Editorial .......... - Se‡n O’Faolain and the Poets John Minahane .......... - Michael Tierney and others, versus Se‡n O’Faol‡in: the Dispute in Studies, September 1938 .......... - Panta Rhei (continued) Niall Cusack .......... - Adventures with Nietzsche (Part 2) Brendan Clifford .......... - Heidegger, the Spiegel and the SS: a very German Civil War Philip O’Connor - On Orthodoxy Peter Brooke .......... - Simone Weil’s Rejection Of The Enlightenment Cathy Winch .......... - Selections from the Philosophical Notebooks, 1931-1932 Martin Heidegger

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Name: The Hidden History Of John Redmond

Subtitle: Cover-up or Incompetence?

Author: Muldowney, Pat

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Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2018

ISBN: 978-0-85034-138-6

Contents: Redmondism is a persistent element throughout Irish politics. The picture presented to us is of a thorough-going democrat, a man of peace, almost like Gandhi. Gandhi supported Britain's Great War, didn't he? But there is a great big black hole in the centre of this picture. The elephant in the room is the violence used by Redmond to capture and hold his leading position in Irish politics. The articles reproduced in this pamphlet describe Redmondite mob violence against political opponents, starting with Michael Davitt in 1892.

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Name: The Irish Civil War

Subtitle: The Conflict That Formed The State

Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 1993

ISBN: 0 9521081 00 0

Contents: A Speech Given At The Duhallow Heritage Centre On 22nd. April, 1992.

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Name: The Irish Press

Subtitle: Fianna Fáil and the decline of the Free State

Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2007

ISBN: 978 1 903497 33 3

Contents: The opponents of the Treaty were utterly defeated in 1923 by the forces of the pro-Treaty party. Yet, within four years, the defeated party was equal in electoral support to the pro-Treaty party and formed the Government of the State five years later.

Effectively, it has remained in power ever since with interludes of coalition governments formed around the pro-Treaty party which has never since won an election in its own right.

This is a phenomenon that needs explaining. It appears to be taken for granted by most historians as if it was all in some way inevitable, even though nothing is inevitable in politics.

This book sets out to explain the crucial elements in the story that saw the formation and emergence of Fianna Fáil and how it first established itself as the major party of the state.

It also looks at the significance of the newspaper it founded, The Irish Press, and its unique contribution to Irish political and social development.

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Name: The Irish Times: Past And Present

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Author: Martin, John

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Belfast Historical & Educational Society

Published: 2008

ISBN: 978-1-872078-13-7

Contents: …a very fine journalist, an excellent man, but on Northern questions a renegade or white nigger".

Those were the words, from a conversation with the British Ambassador to Ireland, at a lunch meeting in 1969, which he duly reported without delay to his masters at the British Foreign Office. But who said them and to whom did they refer?

According to the British Ambassador, it was Major McDowell, the Chief Executive and a Director of The Irish Times who made those comments about Douglas Gageby, the most successful Editor in the history of that newspaper.

This conversation between the British Ambassador and Major McDowell forms the starting point of this book, which is a history of The Irish Times from 1859 to the present day.

A history of The Irish Times cannot avoid also being a history of the Anglo-Irish and their responsse to a number of developments: the rise of Irish nationalism in the nineteenth century; the Treaty; and the consolidation of the Republic in the 26 counties.

100 years after its foundation The Irish Times had reconciled itself to the new Irish State. It appeared that its Anglo-centric view of the Irish nation was moribund. And its new Editor, Douglas Gageby, was intent on rescuing the paper from oblivion by bringing it into the mainstream.

But then war broke out in Northern Ireland in 1969 and all bets were off. A crisis was precipated in Irish nationalism and The Irish Times found a new role for itself, which was not much different from its traditional one. Gageby was ousted, though returning for a time to rescue the paper again from the consequences of its political agenda.

The author lays bare the power structure of the newspaper which insists on transparency and openness for all other institutions in Irish life, but draws a discreet veil over its own activities. The Directors of the paper, along with the Editor, have to swear an Oath of Secrecy before a Commissioner for Oaths each year.

This book is essential for understanding one of the most important institutions in Irish life, and, therefore, the dynamics of Irish society itself.

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Name: The Life And Death Of Mikie Dineen

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Author: Lane, Jack

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2002

ISBN:

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Name: The Life And Poems Of Thomas Moore

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Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1993

ISBN: 0 85034 032 2

Contents: Thomas Moore, who wrote "The Minstrel Boy", "The Last Rose of Summer", etc., etc., is a name without associations in present day Ireland. The songs are familiar but the man is unknown. One expects to find him an inoffensive, pious, sentimental, uninteresting person, with a knack for putting words to tunes. The truth is surprising. The first Catholic admitted to Trinity College, the close friend of Robert Emmet, contributor to the United Irish newspaper, he achieved literary fame in England without sacrifice of integrity. He achieved fame through the "Melodies", notoriety through his erotic verse, and English literary immortality through his association with and biography of Byron. The "Edinburgh Review" denounced him as a menace to the moral fibre of Britain. At the height of his English fame he wrote a defence of agrarian terrorism in Ireland. He was the first modern Irish historian - and remains one of the best, though his writings are now unknown. He opposed the resurgence of intolerant Catholicism and refused to endorse O'Connell's Catholic nationalism. His nation was that envisaged by the United Irishmen. He had no time for O'Connell's nation - and O'Connell's nation has had no time for him. But the direction of development in Ireland has changed recently. And there is no major literary figure of the past who is so much in tune with the new spirit as Moore. This volume consists of a biography and a cross-section of the poems: patriotic, sentimental, erotic, philosophical - and readable. 2nd edition with 2 new appendices. 96 pp.

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Name: The Men I Killed

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Author: Crozier, General F.P.

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2002

ISBN: 0 58034 085 3

Contents: What made Brigadier General Frank Crozier from training the Ulster Volunteer Force in 1912-1914 and comanding the Black and Tan Irish 'policing' operation in 1920-1921 to a pugnacious pacifism in the 1920s and 1930s? That is a question not asked very often in these days of cultivated 'revisionist' amnesia. Coming from an Anglo-Irish military tradition, Crozier fought for King and Empire in the Boer War, in Africa, in Ulster, and in France during the Great War. He was knocked out of his groove?not because he was a sensitive soul, but because his Black and Tans were killing, looting, and generally terrorising Ireland with the approval of his political masters, who thwarted his attempts to discipline the forces under his command. These policies culminated in the burning down of the centre of Cork City (including the Carnegie Library) and an attempt to shift the blame for this atrocity onto the IRA. Crozier was appalled. He saw that this was not the way to hold Ireland but the way to lose it. He resigned his command in protest and sacrificed his military pension. In 1932 when the conflict over De Valera's repudiation of the 1921 Treaty began, he published an account of the Black and Tan war, hoping to improve Britain's conduct by reminding it of its misconduct, and thus to salvage something of the Irish-British connection. In the 1930s he was active in the Peace Pledge Union in Britain, along with people like George Lansbury, the Labour leader, and the Rev. Dick Sheppard. He understood the talk about "defence" to be preparation for another Great War, which he thought would be a disaster. Britain was still 'the' Great Power in those days and he urged it to use its power in another way. And perhaps his views have again become relevant in the present condition of the world. A feature of Crozier's pugnacious pacifism was his very readable autobiographical description of the brutal methods by which wars are won. The book contains selections from four of his books: "Impressions And Recollections", "A Brass Hat In No Man's Land", "Ireland For Ever", and "The Men I Killed".

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Name: The O'Neill Years

Subtitle: Unionist Politics, 1963-1969

Author: Gordon, David

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Category: Northern Ireland Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1989

ISBN: 0 85034 039 X

Contents: Terence O'Neill's tenure as Prime Minister of Northern Ireland witnessed the first major split in the history of Ulster Unionism, and the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. Despite the importance of this crucial period, David Gordon's pioneering analysis is the first comprehensive examination of O'Neillism and its legacy. The O'Neill Years covers the period from 1963, when Terence O'Neill replaced Lord Brookeborough as Northern Ireland Premier, and ends with O'Neill's resignation just a few months before the arrival of troops on the streets of Belfast in August 1969. David Gordon reassesses O'Neill's role in Unionist politics in the 1960s, and concludes that Captain O'Neill's leadership was primarily responsible for the disintegration of Ulster Unionism at the end of the decade. David Gordon's seminal work presents a major challenge to traditional interpretations of modern Irish history and politics. 168 pp.

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Name: The Origin And Development Of The Parish Of Millstreet

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Author: Tucker, Fr. Sean

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2008

ISBN: 9781 9034976 44 9

Contents: In this booklet, Fr. Seán Tucker traces the history of Millstreet Parish across nearly a thousand years. It is the first such record of the Parish. It is based on detailed analyses of church records using many primary sources and is the result of a long-term interest in the area by Father Tucker - truly a labour of love.

Each phase of the Parish's history is also put in the context of its time, both nationally and internationally, and Father Tucker shows a great appreciation of all the forces that shaped our history and helped make us what we are.

Father Seán Tucker grew up in Ballydaly, was educated at Rathduane National School and at the De la Salle College in Waterford. He completed his priestly training at Oscott College, Birmingham, did further studies in Social Work at Aston and Selly Oak Colleges. He worked in the Archdiocese of Birmingham for 25 years. He spent three years in a Charismatic Community in the USA and worked in a parish in South Africa for the past 12 years.

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Name: The Origin of Irish Catholic-Nationalism

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Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1992

ISBN: 0 85034 053 5

Contents: Modern nationalist Ireland—Catholic-nationalist Ireland—has its imaginative source in Walter Cox's "Irish Magazine". Before Cox it was inconceivable. After Cox it was inevitable. Walter Cox was the most daring, innovative and realistic spirit among the Dublin United Irish leaders during the years leading up to the Rebellion. After a period in exile, he returned to Dublin to keep alive the memory of the United Irishmen with his Magazine. And by an act of genius he combined elements not previously found together—Catholicism, Republicanism, nationalism and social radicalism—and made the combination live in the minds of the people of Dublin in the first instance. And gradually that combination took root in all those parts of Ireland which had been Gaelic or Catholic. Cox is the sole point of substantial continuity between the United Irishmen and the Irish nationalist movement of the 19th and 20th centuries. Yet he has been deleted from history by the historians of tis nationalist movement which claims to have originated in the United Irishmen. He has been remembered into the 20th century only as a Dublin folk-hero. Cox has been marginalised because propagandist historians have preferred to put a gloss of liberalism on Catholic-nationalism, even though, at every critical juncture since 1808, development has been determined by Catholic-nationalism. In this selection from the eight years of the Magazine, the reader can see the mind of a new nation being formed in the post-Union vacuum in which the Ascendancy, having lost its Parliamentary power-base through the Act of Union, continues to aggravate the people, though it can no longer suppress them. Brendan Clifford argues that Daniel O'Connell was only the demagogue of the national movement conceived and launched by Cox. This clarification of the origins of Catholic-nationalism appears at an opportune moment, that movement being in severe crisis and possibly approaching the end of its natural life. 136 pp. Illustrated. Index.

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Name: The Origins & Organisation of British Propaganda in Ireland, 1920

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Author: Murphy, Dr. Brian P (osb)

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2006

ISBN: 1 903497 24 8

Contents: On 22 May 1920, the Irish Statesman, the journal associated with Sir Horace Plunkett and George Russell, declared that "…this is a time for plain speaking and we shall speak plainly. The propaganda supplied to the British Press from Dublin Castle is a propaganda of lies. The version of the state of Ireland based upon this propaganda which the Coalition's kept Press serves up to the British people is lies."
Dr. Brian P. Murphy osb has been working for many years on British and Irish propaganda in the years before and during the Irish War of Independence, c.1916-1922. In this essay he has concentrated on British propaganda, with some reference to the origins and workings of Irish propaganda to which it was opposed.
There are also some reflections on the manner in which propaganda may have influenced the writing of Irish history for these important years.
Dr. Murphy is a member of the Benedictine Community at Glenstal Abbey, County Limerick. He is a graduate of Oxford University, Trinity College, Dublin, and the National University of Ireland (UCD).

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Name: The Pearson Executions In Co. Offaly

Subtitle: a debate on alleged sectarianism during the War of Independence

Author: Muldowney, Pat

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2007

ISBN: 9 781903 497326

Contents: Readers of our literature will be aware of our efforts to counter the revisionist writing and commentary on our history.

The event dealt with here is a rather classic example of how these issues are dealt with these days by our media and academic historians. But more importantly it is an example of how this type of issue should be dealt with and all the facts of the case established.

A book appears about an incident that involved the killing of two Protestant family members during the War of Independence. The IRA executed them. That was sufficient to set off a typical harangue by Eoghan Harris (Sunday Independent, October 2nd.) as if that was all there was to the event and the usual invective followed about alleged sectarianism of the IRA. Then, our old friend, Roy Foster (BA., MA., Ph.D., D.Litt (Hons), Hons.Litt.D., FRSL., FRHistS., FBA. Carroll Professor of Irish History at Oxford University) weighed in with a declaration in the Dublin Review about "…the murder of the Pearson brothers in Kinnitty Co. Offaly in June 1921 and the burning of their house—the subject of a recent local study." (Dublin Review, Autumn 2006). This debate examines that 'local study' in some detail.

Messrs. Harris and Foster could not have been more wrong and Pat Muldowney set out to prove it and did so comprehensively and conclusively on the Indymedia website. Messrs. Harris and Foster did not engage in the debate and it was left to some anonymous Smart Alecs to try to make their case for them. They failed abysmally. We thought it all worth recording.

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Name: The Poems of Geoffrey O'Donoghue

Subtitle: with Ireland's War Poets 1641-1653 by John Minahane

Author: O'Donoghue, Geoffrey

Editor: Minahane, John

Category: Gaelic Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2008

ISBN: 978-1-903-497-49-4

Contents: Séafraidh Ó Donnachadha an Ghleanna, or Geoffrey O'Donoghue of Glenflesk, wa a lively, witty and robust poet of 17th. century Kerry. This is the first collection of his work since Patrick Dinneen's pioneering edition of 1902. The Irish text is accompanied by an English translation, which tries to point to the poetry in the original (Introduction). Included also are poems doubtfully attributed to Geoffrey but interesting in their own right, and some poems relating to the Cromwellian War in which he fought.

In Ireland's War Poets 1641-1653 John Minahane ranges through the rich and striking poetry which was part of the great conflict. Among the poets featured are Pádraigin Haicéad, Piaras Feirtéar, Toirdhealbhach Ó Conchobhair, Seán Ó Criagáin and the enigmatic Diarmaid Óg Ó Murchadha, whose three poems are among the book's highlights. This literature has been shamefully neglected by professional scholars, and much of it is published here, in whole or in part, for the first time.

Published with an essay on Ireland's War Poets 1641-1653 by John Minahane.

Translation by John Minahane.

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Name: The Rescue of Princess Clementina (Stuart)

Subtitle: A 1719 Adventure of the Irish Brigades

Author: Wogan, Sir Charles

Editor: Winch, Cathy

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Belfast Historical & Educational Society

Published: 2008

ISBN: 978-1-872078-12-0

Contents: Charles Wogan (1685?-1754) was a member of an important Catholic family in Rathcoffey near Dublin, who spent most of his life in exile in France and Spain. A deeply sympathetic character, twice in his life he had occasion to defeat measures taken by George the First, King of England. First he led an escape from Newgate gaol where he was awaiting trial for treason for his part in the rising of 1715; three years later he arranged the escape of a princess arrested on the orders of King George.

The princess was Clementina Sobieski, the grand-daughter of the Polish King who won the battle of Vienna against the Turks in 1683. She was engaged to be married to James Francis Edward, son of James II, the Stuart King who was driven from the British throne in 1688 and replaced by William of Orange, later followed by the Hanoverians.

Imprisoning the last Stuart claimant's fiancée, King George did not count on Wogan who, with the help of three of his relations, officers in the Irish brigade of Dillon based in France, scooped the princess from her prison; and they galloped over the Alps in their carriage in winter to safety. Clementina and James were married soon after and their first child was to be Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Writing to Jonathan Swift in 1732, Wogan comments on history written to adorn a country with glorious tales, and on the need for an Irish history that would fulfill that purpose. His writing of the Clementina story was a step in that direction. Letters which Chevalier Wogan exchanged with Swift are reproduced in an annex to the book. Wogan's story appears here both in the original French and in translation, together with an introduction by Cathy Winch.

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Name: The Revision Of European History

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Author: Fennell, Desmond

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Category: General

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2003

ISBN: 0 85034 104 3

Contents: In this conversational book Desmond Fennell provides three things in one: * a critique of the standard History of Europe as found in textbooks and works of reference, on the grounds that it is distorted by 'imprecise designation' and 'victors' history—and does not make sense for Europeans in the twenty-first century; * a manual which enables readers of the 'standard history', wherever encountered, to note the main distortions and make appropriate mental corrections; * an outlined 'new history of Europe' which would be 'true and clear' and make sense for Europeans living in the twenty-first century (see page 79).

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Name: The Rise And Fall Of Imperial Ireland

Subtitle: Redmondism in the context of Britain's Conquest of South Africa and its Great War on Germany, 1899-1916

Author: Walsh, Pat

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2003

ISBN: 0 85034 105 1

Contents: Why did Ireland fail to become a partner to Britain in its Empire—like Canada, Australia or conquered South Africa and instead embrace an anti-Imperialist point of view?
At the close of the 19th century, nationalist Ireland was anti-Imperialist. Pat Walsh shows how it was utterly united against Britain's conquest of South Africa.
But, after that, in the face of die-hard opposition to even the mildest expression of Home Rule, John Redmond—the compromise leader of a party re-united after the damaging Parnell split—metamorphosed into a loyal servant of the Crown: he would win Home Rule by showing that Ireland would be an asset to an expanding Empire.
After the Parnell split, Redmond had been the most anti-British of the Parliamentarians. But that was to change. He won the Irish Party to an exclusive relationship with the British Liberal Party, and, as that Party espoused active Imperialism, so did he—with political nationalism in tow.
After the Boers had been defeated, the Liberal Party had, by granting them self rule, won them over to be allies in expanding the Empire in Africa. Redmond saw in this master-stroke the template for the political future of Ireland. Home Rule would be the prelude to the new Imperial Ireland, Britain's junior partner. In 1912 the separatist minority in Ireland was so small as to be irrelevant. That was to change after Ulster Unionists and the British Unionist Party brought the gun into British and Irish politics. Ironically, it was political developments in Britain which conspired to kill off the nascent Irish Imperial development. In 1914—with Home Rule on the Statute Book and the Irish Party vigorously recruiting for Britain?s war on Germany and Turkey—Imperial Ireland looked to be a dead cert. At Easter 1915 the big Volunteer military review in support of the Empire at war was Redmondite. A year later Imperial Ireland was shattered.
Dr. Walsh, using many contemporary sources, shows exactly what happened, and why, in this most readable of histories.

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Name: The Road to Independence: Howth, Sutton and Baldoyle Play Their Part

Subtitle: A microcosm of Irish history 1900-1924

Author: O'Connor, Philip

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Howth Free Press

Published: 2016

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Contents: This book tells the dramatic story of the Independence movement in Howth, Sutton and Baldoyle, from the pre-World War Irish Party, Land League, GAA and Gaelic League, to local involvement in the “Great War” that revolutionised Ireland, in the Easter Rising, the Citizen Army, Cumann na mBan and the Irish Volunteers (IRA), and in the great democratic movement for Independence from 1918 to 1922. It also tells the story of the Howth Unionist community, which was as varied in its composition as it was in its reactions to these events, as well as the dramatic impact on the area of the Civil War that followed the 1921 Treaty.

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Name: The Road to Independence: Howth, Sutton and Baldoyle Play Their Part

Subtitle: A microcosm of Irish history 1900-1924

Author: O'Connor, Philip

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Howth Free Press

Published: 2016

ISBN: 978-0-9553163-3-3

Contents: This book tells the dramatic story of the Independence movement in Howth, Sutton and Baldoyle, from the pre-World War Irish Party, Land League, GAA and Gaelic League, to local involvement in the “Great War” that revolutionised Ireland, in the Easter Rising, the Citizen Army, Cumann na mBan and the Irish Volunteers (IRA), and in the great democratic movement for Independence from 1918 to 1922. It also tells the story of the Howth Unionist community, which was as varied in its composition as it was in its reactions to these events, as well as the dramatic impact on the area of the Civil War that followed the 1921 Treaty.

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Name: The Shakespeare Conspiracies

Subtitle: Untangling A 400-Year Web Of Myth And Deceit

Author: McClinton, Brian

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Category: General

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2007

ISBN: 978 1 903497 36 4

Contents: To question the identity of the universal cultural icon known as Shakespeare might be seen as placing the sceptic in the loonier department of the conspiracy market. Yet this very challenge is now refreshingly renewed for a new generation of readers by Brian McClinton. Many in the past have doubted the orthodox claimant. Included among the doubters are Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Sigmund Freud, Henry James and Enoch Powell.

In this brilliant synthesis, with its illuminating study of one of the richest periods in human culture, Brian McClinton provides incontrovertible evidence that nothing in the life of the Stratford man is commensurate with the incomporable learning, determined literacy and philosophical and educational purpose of the plays. The depth of the author's research and the clarity of his prose point inexorably to one man as the mastermind behind the greatest literature ever penned.

Harold Bloom suggests that Shakespeare 'invented the human'. He certainly helped to extend our understanding of human consciousness and defined with greater clarity than any previous writer what it is to live as a human being in the world.

Read this book and you will see that this was not an incidental effect but indeed the central purpose of the Shakespearean canon, namely the education of humanity through a myth. Read also to discover why only one man had the genius, knowledge, skill and unparalleled understanding to carry through this task—a man, as Ben Jonson said allegedly of another, who was 'not of an age but for all time.'

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Name: The TUC and Social Partnership: The Way Forward

Subtitle: An Interview with Frances O'Grady

Author: Langhammer, Mark

Editor: Langhammer, Mark and Winch, Chris

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Publisher: Bevin Books

Published: 2015

ISBN: 978-1-874463-57-3

Contents: A new policy for the Trade Union movement

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Name: The Veto Controversy

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Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1985

ISBN: 0 85034 030 6

Contents: This book consists of materials produced in the course of a fierce and prolonged dispute within Catholicism in Ireland concerning the mode of appointment of Bishops. The outcome was that for a century and a half Irish Bishops have been directly appointed by Rome. This was not the usual mode of appointment in Catholic countries. It made Ireland the only country, where the Church was a major social influence, in which the state had no say in the appointment of powerful spiritual princes who wielded extensive temporal authority. The triumph of anti-Vetoism gave Rome the lever by use of which it transformed the Irish Church in its own image at the moment when the modern nationalist movement was beginning. And that transformation had a profound effect on the nationalism. Included is the pamphlet by which Thomas Moore, the author of Moore's Melodies, attempted to convince the Catholics of Dublin that a Government Veto on the appointment of Bishops was necessary to the preservation of national life in the Irish Church. The "find" of the book is the Rev. Charles O'Conor, a forgotten Catholic priest whose Vetoist books make him, in the opinion of the compiler, the best Irish historian?and also something of a prophet. Here is the pre-history of modern, Catholic-nationalist Ireland: which is of considerable relevance now that nationalist Ireland is striving for a more liberal mode of development. 203 pp.

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Name: Thomas Davis

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Author: Duffy, Charles Gavan

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2000

ISBN: 1 903497 01 9

Contents: Reprint of classic biography of 1890; with extract from Duffy's autobiography. Introduction by Brendan Clifford. 268 pp. Index.

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Name: Thomas Russell And Belfast

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Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: United Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1997

ISBN: 0 85034 080 2

Contents: This book constructs a history of Belfast from its foundation to the 1790s, as the setting for a biography of the remarkable outsider who played a leading part in its affairs during the United Irish decade. Thomas Russell, "The Man From God-Knows-Where", was vividly remembered in Belfast until the middle of the 19th century. The onset of the religious-nationalist conflict, which has preoccupied the city ever since that time, caused him to be forgotten, because he did not fit the categories of either side. And that is a very good reason why he should now be rediscovered. Brendan Clifford bring the Belfast of the 1790s alive by use of the columns of the "Northern Star", and by use of Russell's public and private writings—including his hitherto unpublished Jotters. It includes Russell's "Letter To The People Of Ireland" (1796), and parts of his "Lion Of Old England" satire, from the United Irish paper the Northern Star. This Second Edition, revised and extended, includes previously unpublished material from the Correspondence between William Drennan, who is sometimes described as the founder of the United Irishmen, and his sister, Martha M'Tier, concerning the consequences of Russell's participation in Robert Emmett's Rebellion; and also a Gaelic Elegy, published in Belfast, on Russell's earliest colleague there, Dr. James MacDonnell of the Glens. 124 pp. Illustrated. Index.

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Name: Troubled History

Subtitle: A tenth anniversary critique of Peter Hart's The IRA and its Enemies (1998)

Author: Murphy, Dr. Brian P & Meehan, Niall

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2008

ISBN: 978-1-903497–46-3

Contents: Niall Meehan examines Peter Hart's arguments in the context of political pressures in Irish society affecting the writing of Irish history. In particular, he looks at the effect of violence in Northern Ireland post 1968. The threat of violence was used to inhibit intellectual inquiry in Southern Ireland. State censorship, perfected by Dr Conor Cruise O'Brien while a minister from 1973-1977, was accompanied by attacks on print media, on dissenting academics and on civil liberties. This, argues Meehan, helped to stabilise a new orthodoxy that privileged reframing the earlier Irish Troubles of 1916-21 as a religious or ethnic conflict. Within this new framework Peter Hart's research emerged and was uncritically applauded in 1998.

Meehan publishes for the first time an affidavit from the son of the last surviving participant in the Kilmichael ambush of November 28, 1920. He also publishes a newspaper report of the death of this ambush veteran. Peter Hart claimed to have interviewed an ambush participant anonymously one day later. In the affidavit it is claimed that Hart could not have interviewed the last surviving participant. The sole surviving IRA veteran suffered a stroke affecting his mobility and speech over a year prior to Hart's claimed anonymous interviews with two such veterans. Meehan pursues these and also newly discovered inconsistencies in Hart's account of sectarianism during the conflict. He attempts an explanation of why these deficiencies are ignored by mainstream Irish historians.

Brian Murphy examines the way in which Peter Hart's research on Cork during Ireland's War of Independence has been used to encourage the view that Catholic-Protestant antagonisms were a significant feature of the conflict. Murphy answers criticism of his research on British Propaganda in 1920 by David Leeson of Laurentian University, Canada. Murphy also examines Leeson's defense of Peter Hart. Murphy indicates the extent of significant Protestant support for Irish Independence. He takes issue with a recent Irish television documentary that pursued the Hart sectarianism thesis in another part of Ireland during the War of Independence.

Ruan O'Donnell, in his introduction, makes the point that 'the highly contentious nature of the revolutionary period has found an echo in the hostile tenor present in some of the debates between scholars. Questions of interpretation are inevitable in such dialogues and important issues have also arisen in relation to the reliability of certain classes of historical evidence. Something of the heat of these clashes stems, in all probability, from proximity to 'the Long War'. Connections between 1922 and 1998 are obviously more profound than the mere repetition of nomenclature and re-articulation of slogans but contemporary judgments on this issue must, as yet, remain tentative. It is to be hoped that a fuller and more nuanced grasp of Irish history will emerge from the new histories of the new Ireland.'

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Name: Twisted Law versus Documented History

Subtitle: Geoffrey Robertson's opinion on genocide against proven facts

Author: Aya, Server

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Category: General

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2013

ISBN: 978-0-085034-127-2

Contents: A new book by Mr Sükrü Server Aya. "Mr. Aya is a lively controversialist as well as being an indefatigable researcher with a rare knowledge of original documents. I have enjoyed this book and have been impressed by it, as I had enjoyed his earlier polemics with purveyors of Armenian nationalist propaganda." Dr. Andrew Mango

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Name: Ulster Presbyterianism

Subtitle: The Historical Perspective

Author: Brooke, Peter

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Category: Northern Ireland Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1994

ISBN: 0 85034 074 8

Contents: Presbyterianism was established in Ulster on a firm organisational basis in the 1650s, under the protectorate of Oliver Cromwell. It was sufficiently strong to resist persecution after the Restoration of Charles II. It achieved a small degree of recognition by the state after the Glorious Revolution of 1689. It was, in a sense, a state within a state. Its Synods, Presbyteries and Sessions were courts in which cases concerning ministers and laymen could be heard. It exercised a rigorous discipline over its members. Its ministers and lay elders met regularly throughout the year to decide the affairs of the community. Congregations had the right to choose their ministers. All ministers had equal status and decisions were arrived at between them by majority vote. For two centuries there was a constant stream of controversial pamphlets relating entirely to theological disputes among Ulster Presbyterians, many of which had important political implications as well. This, then, was a highly organised community with a well-developed intellectual life, sharpened by continual debate. Such was their organisational and intellectual self-confidence that, at the end of the eighteenth century, a group of them, representing all shades of theological opinion, made a bid to seize power in Ireland in the name of French Revolutionary principles. This book examines the Ulster Presbyterian community over a period of more than three centuries. It shows how religion can contribute to the development of a sense of cultural and national identity. It therefore goes far towards showing how the Ulster Protestants have remained so troublesome for those in Britain and Ireland who like to think of Ireland becoming one people under one government, separate from Great Britain. 208 pp. Bibliography. Index. Chronology. Glossary Of Terms.

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Name: Union Jackery

Subtitle: the pre-history of Fascism in Britain

Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: General

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2005

ISBN: 1 874157 12 X

Contents: A Belfast Magazine, No. 25

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Name: Walter Cox's Union Star

Subtitle: a reprint of his 1797 paper

Author: Cox, Walter

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2008

ISBN: 978-1-874158-18-9

Contents: Walter Cox was one of the creators of the world. He created an Irish nation out of the chaos of Anglo-Ireland after the 1798 Rebellions and the Act of Union. The 'Protestant nation' of the 18th century fell into confusion. When its independent Parliament was taken away from it—when that Parliament was bribed by the Government into liquidiating itself—it left behind it several mounds of debris. Cox, through his Irish Magazine (1807-1815) breathed life into the biggest of these mounds—the Catholic mound. Read on…

A Belfast Magazine, No. 31

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Name: War, Insurrection And Election In Ireland, 1914-21

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Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 1997

ISBN: 0 85034 079 9

Contents: The 1916 Rising set into its context of Britain at bloody war. How Britain used force to try to override the results of the 1918 [General] Election in Ireland in favour of Independence, despite just fighting a war for Democracy and the Rights of Small Nations. And how this British behaviour is justified by a new breed of Irish historians.

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Name: We're Red, We're Black

Subtitle: A Season behind the scenes in the Irish League

Author: Langhammer, Mark

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Category: Northern Ireland Collection

Publisher: Belfast Historical & Educational Society

Published: 2016

ISBN: 978-1-872078-27-4

Contents: Mark Langhammer’s new book “We’re Red, We’re Black – A season behind the Scenes in the Irish League” is a behind the scenes view of a season from the perspective of a football club board director. At face value, it is a month-by-month journey through Crusaders FC’s 2015-16 football season, from the close season in May 2015 through to retaining the Irish League in April 2016. But it’s not just a chronological whizz through the 2015-16 football season. It ‘stops off’ to record the Crusaders story of the past ten years, explaining how the tired, run-down, relegated and technically bankrupt Crusaders of 2005 became the Irish League’s representatives in the 2015-16 European Champions League. If you are looking for analysis of the football on the field this is probably not the book for you. Hopefully, however, it will tell you something about the culture, history, ways and foibles of Crusaders FC, a club owned and run by its fans. Enjoy the ride! BHES, ISBN 978-1-872078-27-4 from http://www.crusadersfc.com/productdetail/ID/151/parent_id/28

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Name: West Cork's War Of Independence

Subtitle: A Discussion of Peter Hart's work and related matters

Author: Meehan,Niall

Editor: Lane, Jack

Category: Irish Collection

Publisher: Aubane Historical Society

Published: 2017

ISBN: 978 1 903497 88 3

Contents: TOM COOPER - GERRY GREGG – EOGHAN HARRIS - CAL HYLAND - BARRY KEANE - SIMON KINGSTON - NIALL MEEHAN - EVE MORRISON - JOHN REGAN - DONALD WOOD PLUS MEDA RYAN AND PAT MULDOWNEY Table of Contents Page The Outcome of the first West Cork History Festival by Jack Lane Three Southern Star letters on West Cork History Festival Four Southern Star letters on An Tost Fada (‘The Long Silence’) History Festival to screen amended documentary (Southern Star report) An Tost Fada – four Irish Times letters (plus two unpublished) Fifteen Southern Star letters on Peter Hart & Kilmichael Ambush Meda Ryan response to Eve Morrison, 2014 History Ireland letter Jack Lane responds to Sunday Independent columnist and An Tost Fada scriptwriter/presenter Eoghan Harris Pat Muldowney on exposure of Peter Hart’s bogus ethnic cleansing statistics by Dundee historian, Dr. John Regan Barry Keane on Peter Hart’s Irish heritage

Extracts: The serious discussion on Peter Hart's work occurred outside the First West Cork History Festival, in the pages of the Southern Star and elsewhere. This is a collection of the correspondence from that paper and other items that deal in detail with the ‘legacy issues’ arising from Professor Hart’s work. The first letter, from Tom Cooper, generated 22 more items of correspondence and a news report, between 27 May and 26 August 2017 on three topics: 1. Three letters, from Cooper and Simon Kingston, on the festival; 2. Four letters, from Cooper and from Gerry Gregg on his and Eoghan Harris’s documentary, An Tost Fada (‘The Long Silence’), plus one newspaper report; 3. Five letters each from Eve Morrison and Niall Meehan, three from Barry Keane, and one each from Donald Woods and John Regan, on Peter Hart, Tom Barry and the 28 November 1922 Kilmichael Ambush. In addition, due to Barry Roche in the Irish Times reporting RTÉ’s re-editing of An Tost Fada, Tom Cooper had a letter published on his role in that decision. It occasioned three replies, to which the Irish Times denied Cooper a response, which we publish here. We also publish an important 2014 letter from Meda Ryan to History Ireland, in response to a commentary on Ryan by Eve Morrison (in a review of Pádraig O Ruairc’s book, Truce). This is by far the most useful outcome of the Festival despite not being part of it.

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Name: What is a Nation?

Subtitle: By Ernest Renan and Joseph Stalin

Author: Clifford, Brendan

Editor: Clifford, Brendan

Category: General

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2015

ISBN: 978-0-85034-132-4

Contents: What is a Nation? by Ernest Renan The Nation, by Joseph Stalin Epilogue by Brendan Clifford Introduction drawing out the implications for the Two Nations Theory and other matters, by Brendan Clifford. A nation is a historically evolved mixture of things: race, religion, language, economic interest, geographical factors, dynastic influence. All of these things, or some of them, are blended, in various proportions, through historical events, to produce the sense of communal affinity between very large numbers of people that is called nationality. The blend is the nation. Its reality is in the blend. It is not reducible to any one of its components, though one or other of the components may be particularly emphasised in particular phases of national development. Ireland is a nation; so is Northern Ireland: when NI became systematically less British in its political life, it did not lose the collective sense of itself as a distinct social body with a will to survive, even in conflict with Britain. This is why in 1969 Brendan Clifford described the two nations as two Irish nations. At the time he published the two nations analysis of the Northern situation, together with extracts from the two classic works on nationality from opposite sides of the European political spectrum (Renan and Stalin) to show what he meant by a nation, This pamphlet reproduces these extracts, with a new introduction by Brendan Clifford and an epilogue discussing the relationship between class and nation, war in an imagined world, invented nations, the nation as historic territory, Charles O’Conor, and sectarianism.

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Name: Whither Northern Ireland?

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Author: Clifford, Brendan

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Category: Northern Ireland Collection

Publisher: Athol Books

Published: 2010

ISBN: 973 1 874157 23 3

Contents: What is Northern Ireland? Where did it come from? Where is it going?

If it was a state it need not be going anywhere. It might just exist, and get on with the business of governing itself. But it is not a state, it never had been a state; and it is extremely improbable that it ever could be a state. In a world composed of states there is therefore an inevitable question mark over it.

Whither Northern Ireland?

A Belfast Magazine, No. 36

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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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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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