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Wigham, 'A Life of Usefulness': Abraham Beale and the Monard Ironworks. Wigham, Billy / Rynne, Colin. ‘A Life of Usefulness’: Abraham Beale and the Monard Ironworks. Blarney, Sitka Press, 2000. 14 cm x 20.5 cm. X, 79 pages. Original softcover. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear. Contains dedication by Colin Rynne. Newspaper-clipping stapled to end-paper. Slight bending crease on front cover near spine. Volume otherwise clean and intact.

Includes the following essays: Preface / The Beale Family and the Origins of Monard / Quakers and Technological Change in Nineteenth-Century Ireland / The Spade Mill in County Cork / The Monard and Coolowen Ironworks: An Archaeology / The Monard Community at Work / Notes / Bibliography.

″The Monard and Coolowen Ironworks, situated in the picturesque valley of the Blarney River, is the most important industiral archaeological site of its type to survive in Ireland. It was also a near-idyllic industrial community of smiths and spademakers, whose technology and lifestyle were barely touched by the twentieth century. ‘A life of usefulness’ is the story of this community from the late eighteenth century to its closure in 1960. It is also the story of the Quaker entrepreneur and humanist Abraham Beale, whose ‘life of usefulness’ as described in his obituary in the Cork press, included the early nineteenth-century development of the Monard community, its co-operative ethic and his involvement in Famine relief in the 1840s, which led to his death of typhus in 1847.” (publisher)

Keywords: Abraham Beale, Archaeology, Irish History, Irish Interest, Irish Local History, Quakers

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[Wilde, The Artist as Critic: Critical Writings of Oscar Wilde. [Wilde, Oscar] Ellmann, Richard. The Artist as Critic: Critical Writings of Oscar Wilde. Chicago, The University of Chicago Press, 1982. 8°. XXVIII, 446 pages. Original Softcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. From the library of philosopher Graham Parkes.

Keywords: Irish Literature

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Moody T.W. / Dowell, The writings of Theobald Wolfe Tone 1763-98. [Wolfe Tone, Theobald] Moody T.W. / Dowell, R.B. / Woods, C.J. (Editors). The writings of Theobald Wolfe Tone 1763-98. Volume I: Tone’s career in Ireland to June 1795 / Volume II: America, France and Bantry Bay, August 1795 to December 1796 / Volume III: France, the Rhine, Lough Swilly and death of Tone, January 1797 to November 1798. Oxford, Clarendon Press, 2009. 23 cm x 15,5 cm Volume I: XL, 540 pages / Volume II: XVIII, 435 pages / Volume III: XXVI, 599 pages. Original Softcover. Excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear.

Includes for example the following essays: Record of Tone’s entrance to Trinity College, Dublin / Declaration of the Down hunt / Memorandum relating to William Pearce’s invention / Sarah Anne Hamilton / Patrick Duigenan’s speech in the Irish house of commons / Pierre August Adert to the Commitee of Public Safety / Margarete Tone to Thomas Russell / To Lazare Nicolas Marguerite Carnot / John Beckley to James Monroe / Extract by Claude Petiet from the register of the Executive Directory / From General Hermann Wilhelm Daendels / To Aristide Dupetit-Thouars / Peter Tone to Marquis Cornwallis etc etc.

Theobald Wolfe Tone, posthumously known as Wolfe Tone (20 June 1763 – 19 November 1798), was a leading Irish revolutionary figure and one of the founding members of the United Irishmen and is regarded as the father of Irish republicanism. He was captured by British forces at Lough Swilly in Donegal and taken prisoner. Before he was to be executed, it is believed that Wolfe Tone attempted suicide. He subsequently died from mortal wounds eight days afterwards, thus avoiding being hanged as a convicted traitor to the British Crown for his involvement in the 1798 Irish Rebellion. (Wikipedia).

Keywords: Irish Revolution

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Woodham-Smith, The Great Hunger 1845-1849. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger: 1845-1849. New York, Old Town Books, 1962. 15cm x 22cm. XII, 510 pages. Original Hardcover with dustjacket in protective collector’s mylar. Excellent, as new condition. Rare. Out of print.

The story of the Irish potato famine of the 1840s which killed one million people and sent hundreds of thousands to the new world. This book is widely regarded as the classic account of the disaster. Woodham-Smith focuses on the tragedy in Ireland and the effect it had in America and Canada where many of the emigrants headed. This hardback American edition is now out of print.

Keywords: Emigration, Famine, Irish Famine, Irish History

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Wright- The Irish University Question Wright, Rev. Charles H.H. The Irish University Question and the Proposed Endowment of a Roman Catholic University Considered. Second Edition. London / Dublin, Williams and Norgate/ Hodges, Figgis & Co., 1901. 21.4cm x 14cm. 36 (2) pages. Original softcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear.

Includes for Example: The Royal University of Ireland/ The Fellowships in the Royal University- Peculiarity with Regard to their salaries/ A Roman Catholic Atmosphere Provided/ Underhand Endowment of the Roman Catholic University College/ The Royal College of St. Patrick’s, Maynooth/ The Site of the ‘Catholic University’ Prospects of the Future/ Comparison of the Relative Advantages Possessed by Roman Catholics over Protestants in University Education/ The Professor of Hebrew, and his Assistants/ The Divine School of Trinity College/ Presbyterian Schools of Theology/ Salaries of the Divinity School/ Trinity College, Dublin/ The Fatal Trend of English Policy in Ireland etc.

Keywords: Irish Religion, Irish Religion & Church History, Irish Religious History

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Wylly, Neill's Blue Caps Volume 3 1826-1914. Wylly, Colonel H.C. Neill’s Blue Caps – Volume 3: 1826-1914. Reprinted Edition. Uckfield, Naval & Military Press, 2005. Octavo. XII, 247 pages. Original Softcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear.

Harold Carmichael Wylly, CB (18 January 1858 – 3 September 1932) was a British Army colonel and military historian. Wylly was born in Meerut in the North West Province of British India, the son of E. M. Wylly, a judge in the High Court of Agra. He was educated at Henley Grammar School, Wimbledon School and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, before embarking on a career as an army officer when he was commissioned a lieutenant on 11 September 1878, serving first with the 95th (Derbyshire) Regiment of Foot, which in 1881 was merged into the Sherwood Foresters, as the 2nd battalion (Derbyshire Regiment). He served in the Anglo-Egyptian War in 1882, was promoted to captain on 1 May 1884, served in the Sikkim Expedition in 1888, was promoted to major on 26 May 1893, and served in the Tirah Campaign 1897–98. In February 1900 he joined his battalion when it transferred to Malta. Following the outbreak of the Second Boer War, the 1st battalion of his regiment had embarked for South Africa in November 1899. Leaving his own battalion at Malta, Wylly transferred to South Africa where he was promoted to lieutenant-colonel in command of the 1st battalion from 22 December 1900. For services during the war, he was mentioned in despatches (dated 8 April 1902), and appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the South Africa honours list published on 26 June 1902. The battalion was later stationed in Hong Kong. (Wikipedia).

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  Yeats, W.B. Collected Plays. Second Edition, Second Reprint. London, Macmillan & Co. LTD, 1960 14 cm x 20 cm. 705 Pages. Original clothbound hardcover. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear.

Includes for example the following essays: The Countess Cathleen / The Land of Heart’s Desire / Cathleen Ni Houlihan / The Pot of Broth / The King’s Threshold / The Shadowy Waters / Deirdre / At the Hawk’s Well / The Green Helmet / On Baile’s Strand / The Dreaming of the Bones / A Full Moon in March / and many more.

Keywords: Irish Literature

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Yeats, The Cutting of an Agate. Yeats, William Butler. The Cutting of an Agate. First American Edition. New York, The Macmillan Company, 1912. 14 cm x 19.5 cm. VIII, 255 pages. Original hardcover. Very good condition with minor signs of external wear. Scuffing on corners and spine and darkening on spine. Clean inside with solid binding.

Includes the following: Thoughts on Lady Gregory’s Translations / I. Cuchulain and his Cycle / II. Fion and his Cycle / Preface to the First Edition of the Well of the Saints / Discoveries / Prophet, Priest and King / Personality and the Intellectual Essences / The Musician and the Orator / A Guitar Player / The Tree of Life / The Praise of Old Wives’ Tales / The Play of Modern Manners / Has the Drama of Contemporary Life a Root of its Own? / Why the Blind Man in Ancient Times was made a Poet / Concerning Saints and Artists / The Two Kinds of Asceticism / A Tower on the Apennines / The Thinking of the Body / The Holy Places / Poetry and Traditions / Preface to the First Edition of John M. Synge’s Poems and Translations / The Tragic Theatre / John Shawe-Taylor / Edmund Spenser etc.

″William Butler Yeats (13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939) was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, he helped to found the Abbey Theatre, and in his later years served as an Irish Senator for two terms. Yeats was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival along with Lady Gregory, Edward Martyn and others.

He was born in Sandymount, Ireland and educated there and in London. He spent childhood holidays in County Sligo and studied poetry from an early age when he became fascinated by Irish legends and the occult. These topics feature in the first phase of his work, which lasted roughly until the turn of the 20th century. His earliest volume of verse was published in 1889, and its slow-paced and lyrical poems display Yeats’s debts to Edmund Spenser, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and the poets of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. From 1900, his poetry grew more physical and realistic. He largely renounced the transcendental beliefs of his youth, though he remained preoccupied with physical and spiritual masks, as well as with cyclical theories of life. In 1923, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.” (Wikipedia)

″In The Cutting of an Agate W.B. Yeats starts with thoughts on Lady Gregory’s translations and tells of his experiences: He writes about meeting fellow student JM Synge for the first time, putting on a play in a small town in the west of Ireland, and how to make his work appreciated by his audience. He then writes at length about Synge and others of his time. He describes his observations of people he encounters. He discusses the merits of modern plays, and how a character in an epic novel will stay with us longer than one in a play. He describes the first time he took Indian hemp and how the high changed the way he saw things at the time. He finishes with several chapters dedicated to J.M. Spencer. He is a fellow poet, specific parts of whose poetry Yeats liked to carry around with him. “I have put into this book only those passages from Spenser that I want to remember and carry about with me. I have not tried to select what people call characteristic passages, for that is, I think, the way to make a dull book… I have taken out of The Shepheards Calender only those parts which are about love or about old age, and I have taken out of the Faerie Queene passages about shepherds and lovers, and fauns and satyrs, and a few allegorical processions.” “There is an old saying that God is a circle whose centre is everywhere. If that is true, the saint goes to the centre, the poet and artist to the ring where everything comes round again. The poet must not seek for what is still and fixed, for that has no life for him… Yet perhaps he must endure the impermanent a little, for these things return, but not wholly, for no two faces are alike, and, it may be, had we more learned eyes, no two flowers. Is it that all things are made by the struggle of the individual and the world, of the unchanging and the returning, and that the saint and the poet are over all, and that the poet has made his home in the Serpent’s mouth?” (Amazon)

Keywords: 20th century, 20th Century Literature, Irish Literary Revival, Irish Literature, Irish Poetry, Lady Gregory

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Ypma, Irish Georgian. Ypma, Herbert. Irish Georgian. London, Thames and Hudson, 1998. Octavo. 157 pages. Original Softcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Photographs by Barbara and Rene Stoeltie.

Irish Georgian features a wide range of inspirational houses great and small that have been renovated by people such as Desmond Guinness, Timothy Hennessy and Barbara and Rene Stoeltie. The author, Herbert Ypma, is widely travelled and is founder of the award-winning magazine Interior Architecture. The book is beautifully illustrated throughout with many colour photographs.

Keywords: Irish History

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