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    Dublin 7

    Bernard Neary
    A beautifully illustrated volume (with maps and photographs) covering the rich history of Dublin 7, including the areas of Ashtown, Broadstone, Cabra, Cardiffsbridge, Grangegorman, the Navan Road, Phibsborough, the Royal Canal, Smithfield, Stoneybatter, Church Street and the Quays.
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    Michael Davitt After the Land League, 1882-1906

    Carla King
    Michael Davitt is known as the 'Father of the Land League', but this book uncovers Davitt above and beyond the Land League, bringing his later story back into the light by exploring his career in the 24 years between his leadership of the Land League and his death in 1906.
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    The Times Great Irish Lives

    Charles Lysaght

     A rich history of Ireland's cultural, social and political landscape, with more than 100 obituaries carefully curated from The Times archive. This book features the major Irish figures of influence from the last 200 years, from Daniel O’Connell to Ian Paisley, and this updated second edition builds includes some of Ireland’s most notable characters from the modern era, such as Maeve Binchy, Conor Cruise O’Brien and Terry Wogan.


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    The Adulterous Muse

    Adrian Frazier
    Maud Gonne was the beautiful and charismatic inspiration of Yeats’s love poetry, a leading activist in the Irish republican movement and the founder of Inghinidhe na hÉireann (Daughters of Ireland). One hundred and fifty years after her birth, everyone still knows her face, but her life remains something of a mystery. This group biography pursues the story of Gonne's romances with Lucien Millevoye, W. B. Yeats, and John MacBride.
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    Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel

    John Stubbs
    John Stubbs' biography follows Swift through his many battles, for and against authority, and in his many contradictions, as a priest who sought to uphold the dogma of his church; as a man who was quite prepared to defy convention, not least in his unshakeable attachment to an unmarried woman, his 'Stella'; and as a writer whose vision showed that no single creed holds all of the answers.

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    Modern Ireland and Revolution

    Cormac O’Malley
    Leading Irish and American historians and academics deliver critical essays that consider the life, writings and monumental influence of Ernie O’Malley, and the modern arts that influenced him. In this collection, art and revolution coincide, enriching every preconception of the minds that supported both sides of the Treaty, and revealing untoward truths about the Irish Free State’s process of remembrance.
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    Harp Studies: Perspectives on the Irish Harp

    Sandra Joyce & Helen Lawlor
    Taking an expansive view of the harp through history and music, these essays individually engage with the variety of ways in which the harp has been interpreted and implicated in Irish culture, politics and music from the 9th century to the present day.
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    A Single Headstrong Heart

    Kevin Myers

    Kevin Myers’ memoir, a prequel to Watching The Door, describes in a first-person narrative his childhood up to the early years of his career as a journalist and his departure from University College Dublin in the late 1960s.

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    Stereotypes, Ideology and Foreign Correspondents

    Fergal Lenehan

    An examination of German media representations of Ireland from 1946 to 2010, from the post-war period to the years of the Celtic Tiger and Ireland’s subsequent economic downturn.

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    The Ha'penny Bridge, Dublin

    Michael English
    A lavishly-illustrated book, the fourth in Dublin City Council’s series on engineering history and heritage, has been produced to mark the bi-centenary of the Ha'penny bridge, opened in 1816, the first dedicated footbridge over the river Liffey and the first iron bridge in Ireland.
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    Grave Matters

    Lisa Marie Griffith and Ciarán Wallace (eds)
    An examination of the universal subject of death – looking at the particular experience of death, burial and commemoration in Dublin since the sixteenth century. Using death as a way of understanding social conditions, contributions consider the role of the public funeral in establishing political hierarchies, the fate of the city’s Catholics during the era of the penal laws and the survival of the death penalty to 1990.
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    Hell at the Gates

    John Lee and Daniel McConnell
    Brian Cowen, the late Brian Lenihan, Eamon Ryan, Micheál Martin, Mary Harney and many others, recount for the first time in their own words the inside story behind the actions of the most hated government in living memory when it infamously agreed to a bailout from the Troika to save Ireland’s failing economy.
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    When Ideas Matter

    Michael D. Higgins

    A collection of remarkable and urgent speeches by Michael D. Higgins since becoming President of Ireland in 2011, setting out a vision of what he calls 'an ethical Republic'., urging his fellow citizens to consider what makes the good life.

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    Dublin: The Story of a City

    Stephen Conlin and Peter Harbison
    In detailed illustrations and words, Stephen Conlin and Peter Harbison bring alive the story of Dublin – its architecture and streetscapes, its government and its people – from Viking times to the present day.
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    Brothers of the Quill

    Norma Clarke
    The story of Oliver Goldsmith who arrived in England in 1756 a penniless Irishman, toiled for years in the anonymity of Grub Street—already a synonym for impoverished hack writers—before he became one of literary London’s most celebrated authors.
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    E. Œ. Somerville and Martin Ross: Female Authorship and Literary Collaboration

    Anne Jamison
    This book explores the remarkable collaboration of one of the most prominent and successful female literary partnerships at work in the late nineteenth century; Irish authors, Edith Somerville (1858–1949) and Violet Martin/Martin Ross (1862–1915). Based on extensive and original archival research, it reorients traditional thinking about Somerville and Ross’s partnership and rethinks the collaboration beyond a purely domestic and personal affair.
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    Blanketmen

    Richard O’Rawe
    Richard O’Rawe was a senior IRA prisoner in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh Prison. One of the ‘Blanketmen’, he took part in the dirty protests that led to the hunger strikes of the early 1980s. In this book, O’Rawe gives his personal account of those times.
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    James Joyce and Italo Svevo

    Stanley Price

    A study of the friendship between James Joyce and Italo Svevo living in Trieste. In Ulysses, the near father-son relationship between Stephen Dedalus and Bloom in Dublin was very close to that of Svevo and Joyce.

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    Leisure and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century

    Leeann Lane and William Murphy (eds)
    It has often been argued that ‘modern’ leisure was born in the period from the mid-nineteenth century to the outbreak of World War One. This collection explores vibrant expressions of associational culture, the emergence of new leisure spaces, literary manifestations and representations of leisure, the pleasures and purposes of travel, and the leisure pursuits of elite women the collection offers a variety of perspectives on the volume’s theme.
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    The Real People of Joyce's Ulysses

    Vivien Igoe
    Dubliner and Joycean scholar Vivien Igoe reveals the biographies of scores of people that had previously been deemed to be fictional in James Joyce's Ulysses, and who had been accorded little attention as a result. Lavishly illustrated, the book provides a comprehensive A to Z of these real people with detailed information about where they lived, died and are buried; worked, intermingled and found inspiration.
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