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01-05-2019, 23:44   #226
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Am eyeing the new book on the Irish Citizen Army, The ‘Labour Hercules’: The Irish Citizen Army and Irish Republicanism, 1913–23, by Jeffrey Leddin, anyone read it?

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02-05-2019, 13:54   #227
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Seán Ó Faoláin's King of the Beggars is an oldie but goldie.
Thanks Ascendant, will dig that out of the library
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25-06-2019, 23:35   #228
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Peter Taylors series of books on the Troubles (Provos 1997), (Loyalists 1997) & (Brits 1999.

Here's a small bit about the IRA's descion on bombing London in 1973.
Peter Taylor asks Billy mcKee who died a few weeks ago on the thought process behind taking the war to England.
"There had been a dicussion early on about bombing England. I thought we should wait until there was a crisis (in the IRA) before we should start. I agreed with the strategy but I didn't agree with bombing civilians, pubs that were full of people and so forth. I didn't condone that. Blowing up the Houses of Parliament wouldn't have made any difference to me but not ordinary civilians."
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02-07-2019, 14:11   #229
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Another interesting book I read latley was a about journalist stories from the North when the war was in full swing, say Ian woods would write 2-3,4 pages about an event he witnessed like Sean Grahams Bookmakers Massacre, Peter Taylor wrote about Bloody Sunday, Jim McDowell wrote about the murder of Martin O'Hagan, Sam Smyth wrote about a night spent visisting Loyalists clubs with drag Sammy Duddy & UDA Commander David Payne & so on,
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08-07-2019, 21:25   #230
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Ordered two books the other day.

Kieran Allen's -1916: Ireland's Revolutionary Tradition - which takes a Socialist view of the Irish revolutionary period. https://www.mayobooks.ie/1916-Irelan...radition-Allen
I really like this description of it.
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The six days of intense fighting that followed set the course for the next 100 years of Irish history. Today, however, the radical vision of the Easter Rising sits awkwardly with an Irish state which has become a haven for big business.
Kieran Allen's fascinating alternative history follows the thread of Ireland's 'revolutionary tradition' - an uneasy marriage of socialism and republicanism- as it has unraveled over a century. From the strikes and land redistribution in the aftermath of the Rising, to the current campaigns against privatizations and austerity, the book reveals the complexities of a revolutionary tradition that continues to haunt the establishment today. "


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Jim Cusack & Henry McDonald's - UDA: Inside The Heart of Loyalist Terror - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Uda-Inside-.../dp/1844880206
Which will then mean I have a book on all the 3 main paramilitaries of the war (the Provos & Sticks were guerrillas not paramilitaries and I have tons on the Provos & one on the Sticks.), the Red Hand Commando is covered in the "UVF: End Game" book and the IPLO is covered in "INLA:Deadly Divisions".

And while typing this I realized the main units are covered in books, UVF, UDA, INLA, IPLO, RHC, Dissidents, Glenanne Gang, IRA's South Armagh &, Derry & Belfast Brigade, English units, but no East Tyrone Brigade.

Would anyone like to help a book on the IRA's East Tyrone Brigade?
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09-07-2019, 14:45   #231
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Can anyone recommend some good books on the struggle for Catholic Emancipation? My son is doing a project as part of his A level course work. It is taught very differently in the UK than I remember and he is keen to get a different perspective. Is it covered well in the Oxford Companion to Irish History for example or perhaps an objective biography of O'Connell if one exists?
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Can anyone recommend some good books on the struggle for Catholic Emancipation? My son is doing a project as part of his A level course work. It is taught very differently in the UK than I remember and he is keen to get a different perspective. Is it covered well in the Oxford Companion to Irish History for example or perhaps an objective biography of O'Connell if one exists?
I used to have a O'Connell biography but gave it away, but the "The OXford Illustrated History of Ireland" does cover a good section of the book to Catholic Emancipation, starting with the origins of the Catholic Association, certainly worth a read.
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