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Boydell, Rotunda Music - In Eighteenth Century Dublin. Boydell, Brian. Rotunda Music – In Eighteenth Century Dublin. Blackrock (Dublin), Irish Academic Press, 1992. 16 cm x 24 cm. 240 pages. Original Hardcover with original dustjacket in protective Mylar. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear.

Includes for example the following essays: Uncertainties and Rivalry 1750-58, The Sirens, Male Singers boys and Italians, A decade of consolidation and the building of the Rotunda 1759-68, The peak of popularity with Thomas Pinto 1776-82, and Music performed at the Rotunda concerts- changes in musical taste. Appendices include an Analysis of music performed 1771-91.

Keywords: Irish History, Military History, World War I, World War One

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Memoirs Of The Lives And Characters Of The Illustrious Family Of The Boyles [Boyle, Family] Budgell, Eustace. Memoirs Of The Lives And Characters Of The Illustrious Family Of The Boyle’s. Containing Many Curious Pieces Of English History The Whole Extracted From Original Papers And Manuscripts Dublin, J.Esdall, 1754. 17,3 cm x 11 cm. 268 pages. Original Hardcover. Good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Spine damaged. Bookblock tight and clean. Needs some attention from a bookbinder. Ex-libris label on pastedown.

Eustace Budgell (19 August 1686 – 4 May 1737) was an English writer and politician.
Born in St Thomas near Exeter, Budgell was educated at Oxford University. His cousin, the writer Joseph Addison, took him to Ireland and got him appointed to a lucrative office. However, when he lampooned the Viceroy, he lost his position.
Budgell assisted Addison with his magazine, The Spectator, writing 37 numbers signed X. In these he imitates Addison’s style with some success. Between 1715 and 1727, he represented Mullingar in the Irish House of Commons.
Budgell, who was vain and vindictive, fell on evil days; he lost a fortune in the South Sea Bubble and was accused of forging the will of Dr Matthew Tindal at the expense of his nephew, Nicolas Tindal. He committed suicide by throwing himself out of a boat at London Bridge. His suicide note famously said: “What Cato did, and Addison approved, cannot be wrong.” (Wikipedia).

The book is a collection of memoirs that document the exploits of one of the most charismatic and influential families in 16th and 17th century Irish history.

Keywords: Boyle, Family History, Family Names, Genealogy, Irish Family Names, Irish History

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Brady, Ulster An Illustrated History. Brady, C. (Editor) / O’Dowd, M. (Editor) / Walker, B. (Editor). Ulster – An Illustrated History. London, B.T. Batsford Ltd., 1989. 14 cm x 22 cm. 256 pages. With many photographs and maps. Original softcover. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear. Clean inside with solid binding.

Includes the following: Foreword by J.C. Beckett / Ulster before the Normans: ancient myth and early history Charles Doherty / Lordships and invasions: Ulster, 1177-1500 T.E. McNeill / Sixteenth-century Ulster and the failure of Tudor reform Ciaran Brady / Continuity and change: Ulster in the seventeenth century Raymond Gillespie / The political economy of linen: Ulster in the eighteenth century W. H. Crawford / Ulster society and politics, 1801-1921 Brian Walker / Northern Ireland: from birth pangs to disintegration, 1920-1972 Eamon Phoenix / Living with the troubles: Northern Ireland since 1972 David Harkness.

″During the present century, ‘Ulster’ has come to signify the six counties of present-day Northern Ireland. Historic Ulster, however was one of the four provinces of Ireland embracing in addition the counties of Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan. This concise account traces the long and varied history of the region, from the pre-Norman Celtic period to the Anglo-Irish Agreement of 1986.

While Ulster through the centuries has in many ways developed in accordance with general Irish social, political and economic trends, it has also been subject to a number of special factors – Scots immigration, religious differences, the growth of its own distinctive industrial base – which have increasingly set it apart from the rest of the island. As a result, the history of the province is both intellectually problematic and politcally controversial.” (Publisher)

Keywords: History, Irish History, Northern Ireland, Ulster

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Brady, Up With The Times. Brady, Conor. Up With The Times. Dublin, Gill & Macmillan Ltd, 2005. Octavo. X, 286 pages with illustrations. Original hardcover with dustjacket in protective mylar. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear.

Includes the following contents:– Editor as Express Train Driver / First Lessons / Earlier Times / ‘It Sure Beats Honest Work’ / In and Out at The Irish Times / The Wider World / The North Went On / The Economy, the Economy, the Economy / The Growing Times etc.

″Conor Brady edited “The Irish Times” for sixteen years between 1986 and 2002. It was a period of extraordinary change both in Ireland and in the wider world. This book reveals with intriguing detail how the paper both managed and made the news during two turbulent decades. It tells of encounters, not all friendly, with politicians, such as Charles Haughey, Dick Spring, Albert Reynolds (who sued the paper serially), John Hume, Mary Robinson, Bertie Ahern and many others. It describes the meticulous investigations – and sometimes the crises of decision making – that preceded pivotal stories, including Bishop Casey, the X Case, the Lenihan tapes, the fall of Albert Reynolds and others. It addresses the personal and corporate tensions at the heart of Ireland’s longest-established national newspaper, while providing close insights into the working of modern media with an honest recognition of the good and bad that is contemporary journalism. “The Irish Times” has been at the centre of public life in Ireland for almost 150 years. It has been lauded as the mouthpiece of the establishment and decried as subversive of public order and morality. It has always been controversial. Conor Brady likens the job of editor of a national newspaper to being the driver of an express train: ‘There is no time to dwell on the wonders of the landscape or the novelty of the events that have just passed by.’ His account of editing “The Irish Times” is a frank and engaging journey to the heart of a great Irish institution”.(Amazon).

Keywords: 1986 -2002, Charles Haughey, Irish History, Newspaper, politicians

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Briody- The Road to Avondale Briody, Thomas (Tosty). The Road to Avondale. / In the Service of the State. [ The Memoirs of an Irish Forester. Volume 1 and Volume 2]. Edited by Michael Briody. 2 volumes complete. Louth, Choice Publishing & Book Services Ltd., 2009. 21.5cm x 13.8cm. (12) 373, xxiv, 505 pages. Original illustrated softcover. Excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear.

At the age of 96, Thomas (Tosty) Briody is one of the oldest foresters in Ireland. To date he is the only Irish forester to write an extensive account of his career in Forestry. In this book, the first volume of his memoirs, he describes the Cavan of his youth and early manhood: the traditional way of life he witnessed passing as well as the harsh years of the economic war, which he spent at home.

Keywords: Irish History

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  Brooke, Esq., W.H. Traits and Stories of The Irish Peasantry. With twelve Etchings, and Engravings on Wood. Third Edition, corrected. Two volumes (complete). Dublin/London, William Frederick Wakeman, Simpkin and Marshall, and Rich. Groombridge, 1830-1834. 17.7cm x 11.5cm. X, 235, 372 pages. Original Hardcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of wear.

Volume I includes for example:
Etchings and Engravings on Wood: “An Irish Wedding”, “The Three Tasks”/ Ned McKeown/ The Three Tasks, or The Little House Under the Hill – a Legend/ Shane Fadh’s Wedding/ Larry McFarland’s Wake/ The Battle of the Factions/ Pastimes, festivals, feasts and feuds are described/ vices, terrors and superstitions/ candid, affectionate and playful qualities of the Irish/ fact on Irish life/ language and expressions of the northern peasantry.
Volume II includes for example:
Etchings and engravings on wood by W.H. Brooke, for example “The Hedge School” and “The Station”/ The Party Flight and Funeral/ The Hedge School, and the Abduction of Mat Kavanagh/ The Station/ Pastimes, festivals, feuds and feasts are described/ vices, terrors and superstitions/ candid, affectionate and playful qualities of the Irish/ facts on Irish life/ language and expressions of the Irish peasantry.

Keywords: Irish History

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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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Brunicardi, John Anderson of Fermoy: The Forgotten Benefactor. Brunicardi, Niall. John Anderson of Fermoy: The Forgotten Benefactor. Being a Paper Read to the Fermoy Field Club, 23 January 1980, with Illustrations and Further Material Annexed. Fermoy, Eigse na Mainistreach Publications, 1980. 14 cm x 21 cm. VI, 45 pages including photographs and illustrations. Original softcover pamphlet. Excellent condition with minor signs of external wear. Some browning of end pages. Fading along spine. Inscription by preowner. Otherwise clean inside with intact staple binding.

Includes the following essays: The Forgotten Benefactor / The Story of the Mail Coach / The Charleston Maltings / The New Town of Fermoy / Provision for Religion / The Bridge Widened / The Post Office / The Military Establishment / The Man of Affairs / Lord Edward / Fermoy’s First Dispensary and Hospital / Schools and Industries / The Banker / Last Known Transaction / Family Man / Summary / Appreciation / Annex A: Anderson to Marsden, letter and accompanying handbill / Annex B: The Anderson Family / Annex C: Minutes of Meeting of Creditors, with biographical notes / Annex D: Obituaries / Annex E: Sa Mhainistir La, and translation One Day in Fermoy / Sources and Further Reading.

Keywords: Cork, Fermoy, Irish History, Irish Interest, Irish Local History, John Anderson

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Brunicardi, The Bridge at Fermoy. Brunicardi, Niall. The Bridge at Fermoy. Fermoy, Eigse Books, 1985. 15 cm x 21 cm. 14 pages including several illustrations. Original softcover pamphlet. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear. A couple of faint stains on back cover. Inscription by preowner. Otherwise clean inside with intact staple binding. [Fermoy Heritage Series No. 3]

Includes the following sections: The Monastery Ford / The “Great” Earl of Cork / The So-Called Battle of Manning Ford Ends at the Ford of the Monastery / Cromwell’s March / The Death March / The Bridges is Widened / The Modern Bridge / Sources.

Keywords: Cork, Fermoy, Irish History, Irish Local History, Robert Boyle

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