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Crisis and Comeback

by Michael Moynihan The Collins Press (October 29, 2018)

How does a city survive its worst recession in living memory?

Cork entered the 1980s with swagger. The 1970s had been dominated nationally by the city's favourite son, Jack Lynch, who was Taoiseach for much of...

Michael Collins

by Anne Dolan & William Murphy The Collins Press (October 05, 2018)

‘It was the most providential escape yet. It will probably have the effect of making them think that I am even more mysterious than they believe me to be, and that is saying a good deal.’ 

Michael Collins...

The Irish Labour Party 1912-2012: Making the Difference?

by Paul Rouse, Paul Daly & Ronan O'Brien The Collins Press (April 30, 2012)

In 2011, on the cusp of its centenary year, the Labour Party recorded its greatest ever electoral success, with 37 TDs elected and a President. In doing so the party has succeeded, temporarily at least, in breaking...

Revolutionary Dublin, 1912–1923

by John Gibney & Donal Fallon The Collins Press (July 20, 2018)

Step back in time with this accessible walking guide to the revolutionary history of Dublin. John Gibney and Donal Fallon have spent years leading historical walking tours through the city, and now guide readers...

The Great Cover-Up

by Gerard Murphy The Collins Press (June 08, 2018)

Why were both sides of the Civil War divide so evasive when it came to the death of Michael Collins? Why were they still trying to effect cover-ups as late as the 1960s?

Determined to find the truth despite the...

Frederick Douglass in Ireland

by Laurence Fenton The Collins Press (March 04, 2014)

‘When we strove to blot out the stain of slavery and advance the rights of man,’ President Obama declared in Dublin in 2011, ‘we found common cause with your struggle against oppression. Frederick Douglass,...

Hanged for Murder

by Tim Carey The Collins Press (September 15, 2013)

Between 1923 and 1954 the Irish state executed twenty-nine people convicted of murder. Almost all executions were carried out in the hanghouse of Mountjoy Prison by members of the Pierrepoint family. The often...

Hopscotch and Queenie-i-o

by Damian Corless The Collins Press (October 01, 2016)

Before the 1970s flipped the switch to colour, Irish children ere raised in a world of black, white and an awful lot of grey. But kids, being kids, found endless ways to have fun. Do you remember Dáithí Lacha,...

Have Ye No Homes To Go To?

by Kevin Martin The Collins Press (May 01, 2016)

The pub has been at the centre of Irish life for centuries. It has played many roles: funeral home, restaurant, grocery shop, music venue, job centre and meeting place for everyone from poets to revolutionaries....

When the Clock Struck in 1916

by Derek Molyneux & Darren Kelly The Collins Press (March 20, 2015)

‘Well, I’ve helped to wind up the clock – I might as well hear it strike.’ Michael Joseph O’Rahilly. The Easter Rising of 1916 was a seminal moment in Ireland’s turbulent history. For the combatants...

The Way That We Climbed

by Paddy O'Leary The Collins Press (March 20, 2015)

Hillwalking is one of Ireland’s most popular leisure activities today. Rock climbing has developed to a level of technical excellence with crags in almost every county and numerous indoor climbing walls. Irish...

Captain Francis Crozier

by Michael Smith The Collins Press (June 12, 2006)

Irishman Francis Crozier was a major figure in nineteenth-century polar exploration. His voyages with Parry, Ross and Franklin lifted the veil from the frozen wastes of the Arctic and Antarctic, paving the way...

Stones of Dublin

by Lisa Marie Griffith The Collins Press (September 29, 2014)

Stand on any street in Dublin and one is confronted with history. Behind the façades of the ten buildings featured here is the story of Dublin, bringing to life key events and characters from the past. The...

Surplus People

by Jim Rees The Collins Press (March 04, 2014)

The Great Famine in Ireland was a catastrophe of immense proportions. Eviction, emigration and death from starvation were widespread. Landlords, eager to dispose of ‘surplus’ tenants, engaged in ‘assisted...

Rory Gallagher

by Marcus Connaughton The Collins Press (September 07, 2012)

Rory Gallagher is a hero and icon of rock music. He inspired guitar players from The Edge to Johnny Marr, Slash to Gary Moore, Johnny Fean to Philip Donnelly, Declan Sinnott to Brian May. He toured incessantly...

Seek the Frozen Lands

by Frank Nugent The Collins Press (September 15, 2013)

High on any list of Polar explorers would be the names Crozier, McClintock, McClure and Shackleton. But how many know they were all Irish? Seek the Frozen Lands unveils an array of Irish heroes largely unknown...

The IRA in Kerry 1916–1921

by Sinead Joy The Collins Press (April 10, 2005)

The traditional view of the IRA in Ireland in the period 1916–1921 of heroes living only for the republic, courageous and undeterred, has come in for close scrutiny in recent years. Who joined and what were...

Striking Back

by Mary Manning & Sinead O'Brien The Collins Press (November 10, 2017)

‘Young shopworkers on Henry Street in Dublin, who in 1984 refused to handle the fruits of apartheid, provided me with great hope during my years of imprisonment, and inspiration to millions of South Africans.’...

Those of Us Who Must Die

by Derek Molyneux & Darren Kelly The Collins Press (November 10, 2017)

The 1916 Rising is one of the most documented and analysed episodes in Ireland’s turbulent history. Often overlooked, however, is its immediate aftermath. This significant window in the narrative of Irish...

Ireland's Ancient East

by Neil Jackman The Collins Press (April 01, 2016)

From medieval Carlingford in Louth to Blarney Castle in Cork, discover the top 100 places to visit in Ireland’s Ancient East. Wander through time at sites such as Clonmacnoise, Newgrange and the Rock of Cashel,...

Looks Like Rain

by Damian Corless The Collins Press (September 09, 2013)

The name the Romans gave to Ireland was Hibernia, which means ‘Land of Winter’, and cold feet may have been a factor in their decision to leave the Irish to their own devices. The weather is our main topic...

From Clery's Clock to Wanderly Wagon

by Damian Corless The Collins Press (September 15, 2014)

Kerrygold butter. The Dublin Spire. The Buntús Cainte booklet. The DeLorean sports car. All of these things are an indisputable part of Irish history, yet never quite made the school curriculum. Damian Corless...

Daniel O'Connell

by Jody Moylan The Collins Press (April 01, 2016)

Daniel O’Connell – ‘The Liberator’ – lived a big, great and graphic life. Born in Kerry in 1775, he witnessed some of the most pivotal events in European history: the Penal Laws, the French Revolution,...

Troubled Epic

by Michael Tanner The Collins Press (May 22, 2012)

Ryan's Daughter, winner of two Oscars, was a very successful film that lured Michael Tanner to the Dingle Peninsula. He researched this story by focusing on identifying locations and interviewing local people...

46 Men Dead

by John Reynolds The Collins Press (April 01, 2016)

IN JANUARY 1919, AT SOLOHEADBEG IN COUNTY TIPPERARY, two members of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) were killed by the IRA. In the four bloody years that followed, nearly 500 RIC men were killed and hundreds...

Cumann na mBan and the Irish Revolution

by Cal McCarthy The Collins Press (April 03, 2007)

Cumann na mBan, a women’s support group to the Irish Volunteers, was founded in 1914. Nationalist in outlook, its aims centred on arming Irish men, generating propaganda and presenting a united Irish opposition...

The GAA v Douglas Hyde

by Cormac Moore The Collins Press (September 07, 2012)

On 13 November 1938, just months after his inauguration, President Douglas Hyde attended a soccer match between Ireland and Poland. In a passionate reaction, the GAA declared that by attending a ‘foreign game’,...

The Loneliest Boy in the World

by Gearoid Cheaist O Cathain & Patricia Ahern The Collins Press (May 01, 2014)

* ‘The Loneliest Boy in the World – he has only seagulls as playmates.’ 1949 newspaper article * Gearóid Cheaist Ó Catháin had a unique childhood – he was the last child brought up on the Blasket...

The Legendary Casey Brothers

by Jim Hudson & Jim Casey The Collins Press (September 15, 2013)

Nowhere in the annals of sport is there a family so gifted. In 1982 the seven Casey brothers were inducted into the Irish Sports Hall of Fame, the only family ever to receive that honour. The brothers, from...

The Sinking of the Lusitania

by Patrick O'Sullivan The Collins Press (September 10, 2014)

In May 1915, the RMS Lusitania, then the world’s fastest liner, departed from New York. Seven days later she was torpedoed off the Irish coast with the loss of 1,198 lives. Suspected by the Germans of carrying...


by Paul O'Brien The Collins Press (May 31, 2017)

They were sent over here to break the people and they were a far more dangerous force than the Black and Tans. - Commandant Tom BarryIn 1919, Ireland was plunged into a brutal guerrilla war. Although unconventional...

The Framing of Harry Gleeson

by Kieran Fagan The Collins Press (April 20, 2015)

In November 1940 the body of Moll McCarthy, an unmarried mother, was found in a field in Tipperary. She had been shot. The man who reported the discovery was neighbour Harry Gleeson. Although Harry had an alibi,...

According to their Lights

by Neil Richardson The Collins Press (September 21, 2015)

e eclectic scientist and inventor Prof. John Joly from Co. Offaly who, at fifty-eight, helped to defend Trinity College Dublin throughout the Rising. Many enlisted to fight for Irish Home Rule or Ulster Unionism,...

We Bled Together

by Dominic Price The Collins Press (November 10, 2017)

There is no crime in detecting and destroying in wartime the spy and informer...I have paid them back in their own coin. - Michael CollinsMichael Collins' development of a formidable intelligence network transformed,...