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Collins, The Cosgrave Legacy. Collins, Stephen. The Cosgrave Legacy. Dublin, Blackwater Press, 1996. 15.5cm x 24.5cm. (7), 230 pages. Original hardcover with dustjacket in protective Mylar. Excellent condition.

An examination of the pivotal role W.T. Cosgrave and his son Liam have played in shaping modern Ireland. W.T. Cosgrave succeeded Michael Collins as Chairman of the Provisional Government of the Irish Free State from August to December 1922. He served as the first President of the Executive Council of the Irish Free State from 1922 to 1932. Liam Cosgrave served as Taoiseach (1973–77) and as Leader of Fine Gael (1965–77). He was a TD from 1943 to 1981.

Stephen Collins is the political editor of the Irish Times.

Keywords: 20th century, Irish History, Irish Politics

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Coogan, De Valera: Long Fellow, Long Shadow. Coogan, Tim Pat. De Valera: Long Fellow, Long Shadow. London, Hutchinson, 1993. 16 cm x 24 cm. XII, 772 pages. Original hardcover with original dustjacket in protective collector’s Mylar. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear. Inscription by preowner. Clean inside with solid binding.

Includes for example the following essays: The Harsh Reality of a Nursery / ’ Taking the Oath / Bearding the Bishops / Priomh Aire Meets Galowglas / The ‘Long Hoor’ v. Collins / Saorstat v. Phoblacht / The Scapegoats Go Forth / Binoculars and Beal na mBlath / The Warriors of Destiny / De Valera’s Decade / The Unique Dictator / Getting de Valera on the Record / Hash Justice / When Bishops Were Bishops / Borne Down by What Bore Him Up etc.

″Eamon de Valera is the subject of this biography. From the 1916 Rising, the troubled Treaty negotiations and the Civil War, right through to his retirement after a longer period in power than any other twentieth century leader, de Valera has both defined and divided Ireland. He was directly responsible for the Irish Constitution, Fianna Fail (the largest Irish political party) and the Irish Press Group. He helped create a political church-state monolith with continuing implications for Northern Ireland, the social role of women, the Irish language and the whole concept of an Irish nation. Many of the challenges he confronted are still troubling the peace of Ireland and of Britain, and some of the problems are his legacy.” (Amazon)

Keywords: 20th century, De Valera, Irish History, Irish Interest, Irish Revolution, Politics

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Corcoran, RTE and the Globalisation of Irish Television. Corcoran, Farrel. RTE and the Globalisation of Irish Television. Bristol and Portland, Intellect Ltd., 2004. 17.5 cm x 23 cm. 256 pages. Original softcover. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear. Clean inside with solid binding.

Includes the following chapters: RTE Unsettled / Regulating Irish Broadcasting / Broadcasting and Government / The Economics of Broadcasting / Digital Television / Children and Television / The Difficult Birth of Irish Language Television / Globalisation etc.

″For about 40 years, RTE’s radio and television channels have played an enormous role in shaping Irish social and cultural life.

This work is a study of the structual transformation now taking place in Irish broadcasting. The book focuses on the television sector generally, but primarily on RTE, as it adjusts to a number of radical changes in the global field of forces whose impact began to accelerate in the mid-1990s.

RTE’s work is frequently shrouded in secrecy and mystique, which means that conspiracy theories abound about how it is governed and how it relates to various power centres in Irish life. This book is firmly aimed at increasing the transparency that should characterise public broadcasting, and demystifying this national institution that plays such an enormous role in the cultural and political life of Ireland.” (Publisher)

Keywords: 20th century, Broadcasting, Globalisation, Ireland, Irish History, Irish Interest, RTE, Television

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Electricity Supply Board, Generation and Transmission System. Electricity Supply Board, Ireland. Generation and Transmission System. Dublin, Electricity Supply Board, 1958. 14 cm x 22.5 cm. 79 pages. Original softcover pamphlet including many photographs and maps. Good condition with signs of external wear. Water-damaged, with several pages stuck together. Cover partially detached.

Includes for example the following essays: River Shannon – Ardnacrusha / River Erne – Cathaleen’s Fall and cliff / River Liffey – Pollaphuca, Golden Falls and Leixlip / River Lee – Inniscarra and Carrigadrohid / Portarington / Allenwood / Ferbane / Miltown-Malbay, Screeb, Cahirciveen and Gweedore / Pigeon House / North Wal / Marina / Ringsend / Ginglas / map showing Generation and Trnasmission at 31st march, 1958 / Diagram Showing Annual Generation – 1930 to 1958 / Diagram Showing Generating Stations and Transmission System at 31st March, 1958 / Chart Showing Weekly Generation Throughout the Year Ending 31st March, 1958.

Keywords: 20th century, Economic history, Electricity, Electricity Supply Board, ESB, Irish History, Irish Interest

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Falls, The History of the 36th (Ulster) Division. Falls, Cyril. The History of the 36th (Ulster) Division. London, Constable and Company Ltd., 1998. 14 cm x 21.5 cm. XIX, 359 pages. With six illustrations. Original softcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Slight spotting on edge of pages and several inside pages. Otherwise clean inside with solid binding.

Includes the following: The Raising annd Training of the Division: September 1914 toSeptember 1915 / The Division in France: October 1915 to June 1916 / The Battle of the Somme: July 1st, 1916 / From the Somme to Messines: July 1916 to June 1917 / Messines: June 1917 / The Battle of Langemarck: August 1917 / Ypres to Cambrai: September to November 1917 / Cambrai and After(I): November 20th to 22nd, 1917 / Cambrai and After (II): November 23rd to December 31st, 1917 / The German Offensive on the Somme (I): January to March 22nd, 1918 / Flanders: The 108th Brigade in the Messines-Kemmel Battle: April to June 1918 / Back to the Messines Ridge: July to September, 1918 / The Advance to Final Victory (I): September 28th to October 17th, 1918 / The End: November 1918 to June 1919 / Order of Battle / List of Honours and Awards etc.

″There have been many chronicles of the First World War, but Cyril Falls’ history of the 36th (Ulster Division – raised in 1914, prime movers in the battle of the Somme, at Messines, at Cambrai, at Ypres and Courtrai, disbanded in 1919 – must have a special place. Falls himself was a Captain in the Division and, writing only four years after the end of the war, was able to draw on hundreds of first-hand accounts by fellow-officers and men. First published in 1922 his History of the 36th is both a labour of love and the work of a keen historical intelligence. Much more than a mere record of battles, it is a complete account of life at war and how the Division found ways to survive ‘one of the greatest and most curious catastrophes the world has known.” (Publisher)

Keywords: 20th century, Irish Military History, Military History, Ulster, World War Two

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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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