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Denson, Letters from AE. [AE – Russell, Georg William] Denson, Alan. Letters from AE. With a Foreword by Dr. Monk Gibbon. Aberdeen, Abelard-Schuman, 1961. 8°. XLII, 288 pages, including Index. Original Hardcover with illustrated dustjacket in protective Mylar. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. The dustjacket with smaller tear and some rubbing. Rare publication.

Includes Content such as: The Letters, 1886-1935 / Chronological Tables of AE’s main publications // etc.

Keywords: History of Medicine, Irish Literature, medical history, Medicine

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Ashton, Two Historical Plays: The Battle of Aughrim, or the Fall of Monsieur St. Ashton, Robert / Michelburne, John. Two Historical Plays: The Battle of Aughrim, or the Fall of Monsieur St. Ruth / Ireland Preserved, or the Siege of Londonderry. Dublin, C.M. Warren, No date [c.1880] 9 cm x 14 cm. 144 pages. Softcover / Original, titled brochure. Good condition with signs of external wear. Damage to corners of front page. Spotting on page edges, front and rear page and several pages within. Otherwise clean inside and intact.

Robert Ashton; author of Battle of Aughrim or the Fall of Monsieur St. Ruth, a verse tragedy in five acts, first seen in 1728; Dublin edns. of Aughrim in 1756, 1771, 1777, 1780, 1784, 1814, 1839, 1841; another in Strabane, 1785, and one in Limerick, 1819; often printed with Michelburne’s Siege of London-Derry; also wrote unprinted comedy, Love is the Conqueror, and is the prob. author of Congratulatory Poem to Dean Swift (1725), Poem in Honour of the Royal Society of Journeymen Shoemakers (1726), and Poem on the Birth-day of Her Late Majesty Queen Anne (1726), all printed in Dublin as folio sheets by a student of TCD; The Battle of Aughrim, called ‘the Ulster folk play par excellence’ (J. R. R. Adams), was revived in Camden Town, London, in 1990.” (Ricorso)

″Colonel John Michelburne offers, in his 1705 play Ireland Preserv’d or the Siege of Londonderry Together with the Troubles of the North, a carefully observed and highly entertaining account of the Jacobite invasion of Ulster in 1689.The author is an unusual example of a Protestant colonist and Williamite soldier who not only formed an undying attachment to his adoptive home but also earned near saintly status in Irish folklore.” (Northernirelanddotorg)

Keywords: 18th Century Literature, 19th Century, Irish Drama, Irish History, Irish Literature, Ulster

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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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Brophy, The Corner of a Field and Other Poems. Brophy, Sean. The Corner of a Field and Other Poems. Dublin, Rainsford Press, 1995. 15 cm x 21.5 cm. 48 pages. Original hardcover with original dustjacket in protective Mylar. Near fine condition with only very minor signs of external wear.

Includes for example the following poems: Peace / Montparnasse / Evening at Bofin Harbour / Boys playing in the Phoenix Park / Gabhlan / Old Bridge at Mountallen / Dunmore East / The Picture of Reginald Gray / Loch an Teampaill / Lissadell / Swans at Falmouth / Poem for Lovers / Artillery Wood, Flanders etc.

″The author sets out to celebrate the ordinary in life, especially in nature. He celebrates life in the corner of a field in the west of Ireland, at a traditional Irish music session, on a rainy evening in Dublin City and at the graveside of a poet in Flanders. Readers are invited to join in this world of awareness, to see the extraordinary in the ordinary, to see the poetry in life all around them.”(Sean Brophy)

Keywords: 20th Century Literature, Irish Literature, Irish Poetry, Poetry

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Brown, Down All The Days. Brown, Christy. Down All The Days. London, Secker & Warburg, 1970. 14 cm x 20 cm. 266 pages. Original hardcover with original dustjacket in protective Mylar. Good condition with stronger signs of external wear to the dustjacket. Small tears at corners of cover, and top and bottom of spine. Browning of page-edges. Inscription by preowner. Otherwise clean inside with solid binding.

“A novel which focuses on a young cripple, his childhood and his coming of age, who acts as a detached observer of life in the slums of Dublin, during the 1940s and 50s.” (Amazon)

″Brown’s self-proclaimed masterpiece, Down All the Days, was an ambitious project drawn largely from a playful expansion of My Left Foot; it also became an international best-seller, translated into fourteen languages. The Irish Times reviewer Bernard Share claimed the work was “the most important Irish novel since Ulysses.” Like James Joyce, Brown employed the stream-of-consciousness technique and sought to document Dublin’s culture through the use of humour, accurate dialects and intricate character description. Down All the Days was followed by a series of other novels, including A Shadow on Summer (1972), Wild Grow the Lilies (1976) and A Promising Career (published posthumously in 1982). He also published three poetry collections: Come Softly to My Wake, Background Music and Of Snails and Skylarks. All the poems are included in The Collected Poems of Christy Brown.” (Wikipedia)

Keywords: 20th Century Literature, Irish History, Irish Literature, Novel

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Cork County Library and Arts Service. Cranes and other short stories. Cork County Library and Arts Service. Cranes and other short stories. From the Cork County Library and Arts Service Bealtaine short story competition 2004. Cork, Cork County Library and Art Services, 2004. 15 x 21 cm. II, 106 pages. Original Softcover. Very good condition with minor signs of external wear.

Contains among others the following chapters:Cranes (Richard Cotter); Gluten Free (Mona Lynch); Mrs. Thomas (Barbara Kinderman); Passing (Gai Charis); Sweet and Sour on the Cuban Sugar Run (Bill Byrne); Built For a Purpose (James Galvin); The Tree (Pauline Jones) etc.

Keywords: County Cork, Irish Literature

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Corkery, Earth Out of Earth. Corkery, Daniel Earth Out of Earth. Dublin, The Phoenix Publishing Company Ltd., no year (c.1920’s). 20 cm x 13 cm. 271 pages. Original Hardcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. [The Library of Modern Irish Fiction]

Includes for example the following essays: The Sisters Dufreno / The Old Stevedore / Richard Clery’s Sunday etc etc.

Daniel Corkery (Irish: Dónall Ó Corcora; 14 February 1878 – 31 December 1964) was an Irish politician, writer and academic. He is unquestionably best known as the author of The Hidden Ireland, his 1924 study of the poetry of eighteenth-century Irish Language poets in Munster. (Wikipedia).

Keywords: Irish Literature

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Corkery, The Threshold of Quiet. Corkery, Daniel. The Threshold of Quiet. Dublin, The Phoenix Publishing Company, no date (c.1940). 13 x 19 cm. 310 pages. Hardcover. Blue cloth with gilt lettering on the spine. Very good+ condition. Minor signs of edgewear and slight foxing.

Daniel Corkery (Irish: Dónall Ó Corcora; 14 February 1878 – 31 December 1964) was an Irish politician, writer and academic. He is unquestionably best known as the author of The Hidden Ireland, his 1924 study of the poetry of eighteenth-century Irish Language poets in Munster.
He was born in the city of Cork and educated at the Presentation Brothers and St. Patrick’s College of Education, Dublin where he trained as a teacher. He taught at schools in Cork but resigned from St Patrick’s School there in 1921 when he was refused the headmastership. He then taught art for the local technical education committee, before becoming inspector of Irish in 1925, and later Professor of English at University College Cork in 1930. Among his students were Frank O’Connor, Seán Ó Faoláin and Seán Ó Tuama. Corkery was often a controversial figure in academia for his ‘nativist’ views on Irish literature, views which resulted in conflict with many Irish Language scholars, most notably Pádraig de Brún and his niece Máire Mhac an tSaoi. Ó Tuama, however, was frequently a staunch defender of Corkery’s reputation.

In his late twenties he learnt Irish and this brought him into contact with leading members of the Irish Language revival movement, including Terence MacSwiney, T. C. Murray and Con O’Leary, with whom he founded the Cork Dramatic Society in 1908. His plays Embers and The Hermit and the King were performed by the society. Later plays were staged at the famous Abbey Theatre, including The Labour Leader (1919) and The Yellow Bittern (1920).

He was also a writer of short stories, including the collections A Munster Twilight (1916), The Hounds of Banba (1920), The Stormy Hills (1929), and Earth Out of Earth (1939), and a novel, The Threshold of Quiet (1917).

He also wrote non-fiction works, including The Hidden Ireland (1924), a highly influential work about the riches of eighteenth-century Irish poetry. In this he attempted to reconstruct a worldview preserved by Gaelic poets amongst the poor and oppressed Catholic peasantry of the Penal Laws era, virtually invisible in the Anglo-Irish tradition that had dominated the writing of Irish history. “An instant, influential classic”, wrote Patrick Walsh, “its version of the past provided powerful cultural underpinning to the traditional nationalist history that became, in the 1930s, the educational orthodoxy of the new state.” Daniel Corkery’s papers are held in the Boole Library of University College Cork. (Wikipedia)

Keywords: Cork, Cork Author, Cork City, Ireland, Irish Literature

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O'Sullivan, Cultural Nationalism as an Influence in the Works of Daniel Corkery. [Corkery, Daniel] O’Sullivan, Jeremiah Dominic. Cultural Nationalism as an Influence in the Works of Daniel Corkery. A Thesis submitted for the degree of Master of Arts. Mode B. University College Cork. Cork, Privately Printed, 1985. 30 cm x 21 cm. X, 108 pages. Original Hardcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Inscribed by the author.

Includes for example the following essays: Daniel Corkery, Cultural Nationalist: the evolution of a myth / The Essential Trinity / History Mediated by Concept / The Stories etc etc.

Keywords: Irish History, Irish Literature

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Curtayne, House of Cards. Curtayne, Alice. House of Cards. Dublin, The Phoenix Publishing Company Ltd., no year [c1920’s]. 20 cm x 13 cm. 317 pages. Original Hardcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Corners slightly rubbed. [The Library of Modern Irish Fiction]

Alice Curtayne (1898–1981) was an Irish author and lecturer. She was born on 6 November 1898, 2 Upper Castle St, Tralee, Co. Kerry. She was a daughter of John Curtayne, carriage builder, or coach builder, of Castle St, Tralee, by his wife Bridget Mary O’Dwyer.

She was educated at St. Anne’s, Southampton. Married Stephen Rynne with two sons and two daughters.
Her first book was St Catherine of Siena (1929). After Catherine of Siena she wrote several works of nationalist history including a life of Patrick Sarsfield (1934). The novel House of Cards (1940) concerns an Irish girl who marries an Italian industrialist. (Wikipedia).

Keywords: Irish Literature

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