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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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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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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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