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Bridget Boland - The Wild Geese, A Novel. Boland, Bridget. The Wild Geese. A Novel. London / Toronto, William Heinemann Ltd., 1938. 19.5cm x 13cm. 264 pages, including a map showing A Part of the Baronies of Iveragh, Dunkerron & Glanerought in the County of Kerry Original Hardcover (green cloth) without dustjacket. The binding with some darkening and slightly stained. Else in very good condition with only minor signs of wear. Inscribed and signed by Bridget Boland: “Going away present (alas) for the Goughs (possibly actor Michael Gough) – from Bridget B.”

The daughter of the Irish politician John Pius Boland and Eileen Querin Boland/ An Irish-British sceenwriter, playwright and novelist/ Born in London, Bridget Boland was educated at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Roehampton and at Oxford University, where she studied philosophy, politics, and economics, graduating B.A. in 1935/ In 1937 she became a film writer/ From 1941 to 1946 she served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service, producing plays for the troops to boost morale.

Keywords: County Kerry, Inscribed, Irish History, Irish Literature, Signed

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Foot, Ireland: Why Britain Must Get Out. Foot, Paul. Ireland: Why Britain Must Get Out. London, Chatto & Windus, 1989. 13 cm x 21 cm. 74 pages. Original softcover. Near Fine. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear. Signed by the author. [Chatto Counterblasts, No.2]

Contains the following chapters: Introduction / Partition: The Dismembered Corpse / 1922-68: The Carnival of Reaction / 1968-88: The Vampires at the Feast / Britain Out.

″A pamphlet on the last 70 years of Irish history, providing political argument and an account of the troubled history of Anglo-Irish relations. This award-winning journalist has also written “The Politics of Harold Wilson”, “The Rise of Enoch Powell” and “Why You Should be a Socialist”.”(Amazon)

Keywords: 20th century, Irish History, Irish Interest, Irish Revolution, Politics, Signed

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[Gogarty, The Face and Mind of Ireland. [Gogarty, Oliver St. John] Ussher, Arland. The Face and Mind of Ireland. Third Impression. London, Victor Gollancz Ltd., 1950. 15 cm x 21.5 cm. 142 pages. Modern Hardcover binding (grey cloth with black lettering on spine andnew endpapers). Excellent condition. This book comes from teh library of Oliver Joseph St John Gogarty and was signed and inscribed to him by Arland Ussher on the halftitle in May 1950. A very nice association copy.

Percival Arland “Percy” Ussher (1899–1980) was an Anglo-Irish academic, essayist and translator.
Born in Battersea, London, he studied at Cambridge University for some time. In 1926 he published a translation of The Midnight Court (Cúirt an Mheán-Oíche) by the Irish Gaelic-language poet, Brian Merriman. Ussher published The Face and Mind of Ireland (1949) and Three Great Irishmen (1952), a comparative study of Shaw, Yeats, and Joyce. Ussher moved to County Waterford to manage the family farm before moving to Dublin in 1953. (Wikipedia)

Oliver Joseph St John Gogarty (17 August 1878 – 22 September 1957) was an Irish poet, author, otolaryngologist, athlete, politician, and well-known conversationalist, who served as the inspiration for Buck Mulligan in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. (Wikipedia)

Keywords: Inscribed, Irish History, Signed

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Hogan, The Four Glorious Years. [Signed by the Author]. Hogan, David [pseudonym of Frank B. Gallagher]. The Four Glorious Years. [Signed by the Author]. First Edition. Dublin, Irish Press Ltd., 1953. 14.5 cm x 21 cm. Pagination: Portrait-Frontispiece of Gallagher, (10), 404 pages with 13 illustrations (including the frontispiece). Original Hardcover (blue cloth). Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Small stain on endpaper only. Signed by Cork-man Frank Gallagher with his penname David Hogan on the titlepage in his pen-name / pseudonym David Hogan.

Includes for example the following chapters: The East Clare Victory / The First Ard-Fheis / The “German Plot” / Sedition open / Underground Newspaper / Mutiny in the R.I.C. / The First Jail Term / The General Strike / A Cork Meeting / The Volunteers prepare / The C.I.D. and Busy Men / The Crimson Cowl / London and Limerick /

The illustrations include for example: Portrait of the author by Estella F. Solomon / Funeral of Thomas Ashe Leaving Dublin City Hall,1917 / Firing Party at Grave of Thomas Ashe at Glasnevin Cemetery / East Clare Election, 1917 / Hunger-Strike – British Military at Mountjoy Prison / Patrick Street in Cork after the Burning (December, 1920) / A British Military Raid near O’Connell Bridge / Principals of the Irish Mission in USA with John devoy / Burning of the Custom House (Dublin, May 1921) / British Auxiliaries and Handcuffed Sinn Fein Prisoners etc.

Frank B. Gallagher (pseudonym of David Hogan) (1893 – 1962) was an Irish author and Volunteer.
A Cork native, initially London correspondent of William O’Brien’s Cork Free Press, subsequently its final editor, though himself a separatist, personally admired O’Brien.
The paper suffered closure in 1916 soon after the appointment of Lord Decies as Chief Press Censor for Ireland. Decies warned the press to be careful about what they published. Such warnings had little effect when dealing with such papers as the Cork Free Press. It was suppressed after Gallagher accused the British authorities of lying about the conditions and situation of republican prisoners in the Frongoch internment camp.
Gallagher worked alongside Erskine Childers on the Republican publicity staff and fought alongside Éamon de Valera during the Irish War of Independence. Gallagher and Robert Brennan were the significant contributors to the Irish Bulletin which was produced at this time. He would write several short stories for de Valera under various pseudonyms. Gallagher served long stints in prison due to his IRA involvement and went on many hunger strikes (the shortest lasting three days, the longest 41).

In December 1931 Gallagher was prosecuted by an Irish Free State Military tribunal for Seditious libel for publishing articles alleging Gardaí had mistreated the opponents (i.e. Anti-Treaty republicans) of the Irish Free State government, this was facilitated by Amendment No. 17 of Constitution of the Irish Free State, he was convicted and fined £50.

Prior to the establishment of Fianna Fáil, Gallagher in the 1920s contributed to An Phoblacht the weekly newspaper of the republican movement. He was subsequently de Valera’s director of publicity and editor the The Irish Press in 1931 and was appointed deputy director of Radio Éireann in 1936. He would later serve as the director of the Government Information Bureau from 1939–48 and again through 1951-54. Gallagher has composed numerous short stories, biographies and historical pieces.

At the time of his death he was working on a biography of de Valera. Portions of it were published posthumously as The Anglo-Irish Treaty (1965). Gallagher’s implacable hostility to the Treaty inevitably colours his analysis; but despite his belief that de Valera was entirely in the right in the ensuing conflict, he makes impressive efforts to be fair to those who negotiated the Treaty, especially Arthur Griffith. (Wikipedia)

Keywords: Cork, Irish History, Signed, Sinn Fein, The Irish Volunteers

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Kilroy, The Big Chapel. Kilroy, Thomas. The Big Chapel. First Edition. London, Faber and Faber Ltd., 1971. 20.6cm x 13.6cm. 254 pages. Original Hardcover with original dustjacket. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear and some minor staining to the dustjacket only. Inscribed / signed by Thomas Kilroy on the endpaper. Very Rare and wonderful collectable !

Thomas F. Kilroy (born 23 September 1934) is an Irish playwright and novelist. He was born in Green Street, Callan, County Kilkenny and studied at University College, Dublin. In his early career he was play editor at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. In the 1980s, he sat on the board of Field Day Theatre Company, founded by Brian Friel and Stephen Rea in 1980, and was Director of its touring company. He became Professor of English in University College, Galway, a post from which he resigned in 1989 to concentrate on writing. He now lives in County Mayo and is a member of the Irish Academy of Letters, the Royal Society of Literature, and Aosdána. (Wikipedia)

Keywords: Inscribed, Irish Literature, Signed

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Rynne, Technological Change in Anglo-Norman Munster. Rynne, Colin. Technological Change in Anglo-Norman Munster. Kinsale, Barryscourt Trust / Cork County Council / Gandon Editions, 1998. 17 cm x 24 cm. 31 pages. Original softcover. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear. Signed by the author. [The Barryscourt Lectures III]

Includes for example the following sections: Introduction / Animal Power / Water Power / Wind Power / Grain Milling / Textiles – The Woollen Industry / Mining and Metalworking / Some Conclusions.

″The third in a series of bi-annual lectures delivered at Barryscourt Castle in Co Cork. The Anglo-Norman period in Munster can be characterised as one of remarkable economic growth. Agricultural development was advanced enough to enable the widespread use of water-powered grain mills amongst all levels of early Irish society. On the basis of the archaeological evidence for the use of water power before the Anglo-Norman settlement, Ireland could not be considered a technological backwater in the early medieval period. Yet, while Anglo-Norman settlers would have found that the native Irish were accomplished millwrights, they had their own distinctive contribution to make, laying, as they did, the seeds of future industrial development in Ireland. In this book, the author outlines the extent of Anglo-Norman settlers’ contribution to the development of industrial energy in Ireland, with special reference to the Munster area. A glossary of technical terms is provided in an appendix. “Continuing the excellent series of booklets from the Barryscourt Trust, we have here a clearly written, well-researched and beautifully illustrated paper by one of Ireland’s foremost authorities on medieval and post-medieval technology and industry … The scholar, student and interested reader alike will find this book both informative and accessible.” – Maurice F Hurley, Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society “The third lecture, by Colin Rynne, is a fine study based on the author’s own extensive research.” – Irish Historical Studies

Keywords: Industry, Irish History, Irish Interest, Irish landscape, Irish Local History, Munster, Signed, Technology

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