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    A Nation and Not a Rabble

    Diarmaid Ferriter
    Diarmaid Ferriter’s account of the Irish Revolutions and their legacy; drawing on newly released archival material, witness statements and testimony from the people who lived and fought 1913-1923.
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    Thomas Fitzpatrick and 'The Lepracaun Cartoon Monthly', 1905–1915

    James Curry and Ciarán Wallace
    This collection of works from The Lepracaun gives fresh insights into Irish life in an overlooked period. Introductory essays on Thomas Fitzpatrick’s life and career, and on the social and political context of the times, complement the detailed commentaries which accompany each image.
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    The Templars, the Witch and the Wild Irish

    Maeve Brigid Callan
    Ireland's medieval heresy trials, which occurred in the fourteenth century are analysed in this book. The author contends that Ireland’s trials resulted more from feuds than doctrinal deviance and reveal a range of political, cultural, ethnic, and gender concerns in the colony.
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    Nathaniel Clements (1705–77)

    Anthony Malcomson
    This book argues that Nathaniel Clements was an enlightened patron of architecture who influenced upper-class residential development in Dublin and popularised a particular form of Palladian ‘villa-farm’ partly because of who he was – a high-ranking and well-connected government official and an arbiter of fashion and taste.
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    In the Name of Love

    Una Mullally
    Ahead of Ireland’s referendum on the subject of extending marriage rights to same-sex couples, Una Mullally charts the development of the movement, one of the most rapid and transformative changes in Irish society over the last century, from its origins to the present day.
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    Sean Lemass

    Robert Savage
    A short biography of Sean Lemass looking at how he evolved as a key figure in Fianna Fail governments, emerged out of the shadow of Eamon de Valera having learnt valuable lessons concerning the limitations of political power to later become one of the most influential leaders of twentieth-century Ireland.
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    Rex Ingram: Visionary Director of the Silent Screen

    Ruth Barton
    Ruth Barton explores the life and legacy of the pioneering filmmaker, following him from his childhood in Dublin to his life at the top of early Hollywood’s A-list and his eventual self-imposed exile on the French Riviera.
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    Irish Jesuit Chaplains in the First World War

    Damien Burke (ed)
    A collection of essays on eleven Irish Jesuit Chaplains who signed up to minster to Catholic soldiers on the European battlefields of the First World War. Six of the Jesuits in the book survived, such as Fr Frank Browne, the most decorated Catholic chaplain to survive the war.
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    Ireland and the End of the British Empire

    Helen O'Shea
    After Ireland left the Commonwealth in 1949 and the British Empire started its long fragmentation, the Irish government and Irish Church played an important role in supporting the British Empire through active involvement in the Cyprus Emergency of the 1950s.
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    From Prosperity to Austerity

    Eamon Maher and Eugene O'Brien
    While examining the Irish economic phenomenon of the Celtic Tiger and the financial disaster that came in its wake from a socio-cultural perspective, the book focuses on how these financial developments have been reflected in writing, film and culture.
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    Freedom and the Fifth Commandment

    Brian Heffernan
    Addressing the close relationship between Irish nationalism and Catholicism when a new republicanism emerged after the 1916 Easter rising, this book examines the War of Independence from the perspective of a powerful social elite: the Catholic clergy.
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    Emmet Dalton

    Sean Boyne
    The first biography of an American-born Dubliner, Home Ruler and later Republican, whose military career as a British officer, IRA leader and General in the Free State army brought him from Flanders to Beal na Bláth.
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    Medieval Dublin XIV

    Seán Duffy
    Reporting on a number of important archaeological excavations in the Dublin area in recent years, including the remains of Hiberno-Norse and Anglo-Norman houses at a medieval property plot at Back Lane and works on the grounds of St Patrick’s Cathedral which uncovered parts of the medieval nave.
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    David Fitzpatrick
    David Fitzpatrick charts the declining power and influence of the Protestant community in Ireland and the strategies adopted in the face of this decline, presenting personal testimony that illustrates how individuals experienced and perceived 'descendancy'.
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    Tales of Medieval Dublin

    Sparky Booker and Cherie N. Peters

    A collection of stories spanning almost 1,000 years of Dublin’s history and tracing the lives of warriors, churchmen, queens, bards and barons, as well as those individuals who are so often ignored in the historical record, like housewives, tax collectors, masons, lawyers, notaries, peasants and slaves.

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    Elizabeth I and Ireland

    Brendan Kane and Valerie McGowan-Doyle

    Studies both Elizabeth I's relationship to the conquest of Ireland and Irish views of Elizabeth I, demonstrating that Elizabeth was a much more active and activist figure than an older scholarship allowed and that Ireland itself had occupied a greater place in Tudor political calculations than previously thought.

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    Dublin 1916: The French Connection

    W.J. McCormack

    Bill Mc Cormack demonstrates the profound French influence in Ireland leading up to the Easter Rising. However, it was not the traditions of the Tennis Court Oath or Bastille Day that motivated the Irish rebels, but a new French Catholic nationalism which reached its apogee with the Dreyfus Affair and which pervaded literature as well as politics.

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    The Law School of University College Dublin

    W.N. Osborough
    A history of UCD’s Law School covering its establishment in 1909, its survival as a distinct unit, the challenges of legal education and research and how they have been overcome so as to sustain and develop as an internationally recognised centre of excellence.
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    The Last Armada

    Des Ekin
    Brings to life the epic conflicts between Spain’s Philip III and Elizabeth I of England, culminating in the Spanish invasion of Ireland, the fateful Battle of Kinsale and the downfall of the Gaelic insurgent chieftains O’Neill and O’Donnell.
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    Neither Unionist Nor Nationalist

    Stephen Sandford
    The first major history of the relatively overlooked 10th (Irish) Division sheds new light on ethnicity, age, religion, employment and social background and reveals that the 10th was neither as Irish nor as nationalist as previously believed.
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