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The Country House and the Great War
Irish and British Experiences
Terence Dooley & Christopher Ridgway, editors

Drawing on archival materials, and incorporating never-before-seen images, this volume presents a spectrum of experience: from owners, to servants and tenants, as well as the local communities that lived in the shadows of the country houses. These personal narratives identify lost or forgotten figures, uncover unknown stories and military records and excavate the more hidden histories of those who endured the war at home. They are a powerful reminder of the experiences common to many during the 1914–18 period, as well as a record of how individual lives were shaped by personalities and unique circumstances.

Contributors: Fergal Browne (ind), Edward Bujack (Harlaxton College), Philip Bull (La Trobe U, Melbourne), Fidelma Byrne (Maynooth U), Caroline Carr-Whitworth (English Heritage), Ian d’Alton (TCD), Terence Dooley (Maynooth U), Ronan Foley (Maynooth U), Donal Hall (ind), Paul Holden (Lanhydrock, Cornwall), Christopher Hunwick (Alnwick Castle), Brett Irwin (ind), Ida Milne (Maynooth U), David Murphy (Maynooth U), Colm McQuinn (Fingal County Council), Ciarán Reilly (Maynooth U), Christopher Ridgway (Castle Howard, North Yorkshire), Dawn Webster (Kiplin Hall, North Yorkshire).

Terence Dooley is director of the Centre for Historic Irish Houses and Estates, Maynooth University. Christopher Ridgway is curator at Castle Howard in Yorkshire. Together they co-edited The Irish country house: its past, present and future (2015).

ISBN: 978-1-84682-617-7. Retail €24.95. 208pp; ills.
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Comment by Nollaig 2016 on November 11, 2016 at 11:35am

Wilhelmina Geddes
Life and Work

Nicola Gordon Bowe 

Wilhelmina Geddes (1887–1955) was a vital figure in the Irish Arts and Crafts movement and the 20th-century British stained glass revival – a medieval-modernist painter of rare intellect, skill and aesthetic integrity. On her death she was described as ‘the greatest stained glass artist of our time’ but since then she has been largely forgotten. 
This magisterial account aims to bring Geddes, her world and her work to the wider audience that she deserves. As she moved from Belfast (where she attended art school), to Dublin (where she studied under William Orpen and worked with Sarah Purser at An Túr Gloine) to London (where she lived and worked throughout the Second World War and its aftermath), Geddes continued to produce stained glass and other works of unique power and originality. 
Concentrating on the remarkable stained glass for which she is best known but also including other media such as printmaking and textiles, this study draws on hitherto-unpublished primary sources and images to fully celebrate Geddes’ remarkable artistic achievement.

Nicola Gordon Bowe, associate fellow, National College of Art & Design, has lectured and published widely on the applied arts and design. Publications include The Arts and Crafts Movements in Dublin and Edinburghwith E.S. Cumming (1998); Harry Clarke: the life and work (4th edition, 2012).

ISBN: 978-1-84682-532-3. Retail €50.00. 508pp; Full Colour ills.
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Comment by Nollaig 2016 on November 14, 2016 at 7:09am

He was Galway
Máirtín Mór McDonogh, 1860–1934
Jackie Uí Chionna 

Martin ‘Máirtín Mór’ McDonogh was, in every sense of the word, Galway’s ‘big man’. A natural entrepreneur, and a man of drive, ambition and no small intellect, he took his father’s company, Thomas McDonogh & Sons, and expanded it to the extent that he became the largest employer in Connacht and one of Galway’s richest men. In turn a merchant, farmer, industrialist and politician, McDonogh entered the national political stage when he was elected to Dáil Eireann, where he represented Galway as a Cumann na nGaedheal T.D. from 1927 until his death in 1934. McDonogh came to dominate every aspect of Galway life, from the world of business to its sporting and civic life. A colourful character, who never married and lived a frugal – and somewhat reclusive – life, he was acknowledged as ‘impatient’ and ‘brusque’ by his friends, and ‘terrifying’ by his enemies, but following his death it was widely recognised, by friend and enemy alike, that ‘For half a century he was Galway’. 

Jackie Uí Chionna received her Doctorate from the School of History at NUIG in 2010. Currently engaged in post-doctoral research at NUIG, where she specialises in modern Irish history, she is a graduate of UCD, and holds an M.A. in Heritage Management from UCC. A fluent Irish speaker, and traditional singer, she has combined a career in heritage management with academia.

304pp; illustrations. €19.95 

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Comment by Nollaig 2016 on November 14, 2016 at 7:11am

More than Concrete Blocks
Dublin city's twentieth-century buildings and their stories: vol. I, 1900–1939

Ellen Rowley, editor


More than Concrete Blocks: Dublin City’s twentieth-century buildings is a three-volume series of architectural history books which are richly illustrated and written for the general reader. Unpacking the history of Dublin’s architecture during the twentieth century, each book covers a period in chronological sequence: Volume I, 1900–40; Volume II, 1940–73; Volume III, 1973–2000. The series considers the city as a layers and complex place. It makes links between Dublin’s buildings and Dublin’s political, social, cultural and economic histories.


Volume I, 1900–40 contains introductory historical essays of building culture in Dublin from 1900 to 1939, followed by twenty-six case studies and an overview, in guidebook style, of c. 95 sites. This volume covers the years in the run-up to – and during – the battle for Irish independence, as well as the period of the early Free State. Much of the history touches on the roles of streets in revolution and of buildings in the construction of a new state; the book serves as a survey of the city’s buildings over the period 1900 to 1939, not as a ‘best of’ but as a representation of architectural endeavour at the time.


368pp; colour illustrations throughout. Paperback. ISBN 978-1-902703-44-2  [Retail: €24.95]

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Comment by Nollaig 2016 on November 15, 2016 at 8:28am

The Royal Irish Constabulary
A short history and genealogical guide with a select list of medal awards and casualties
Jim Herlihy 

In the period 1816 to 1922 some 85,000 men served in the Royal Irish Constabulary and its predecessor forces. In this book Jim Herlihy shows how to find information on these policemen, providing an excellent resource for those interested in the history of the RIC, and the revolutionary period generally.

Chapters on the history of policing in Ireland (to illustrate the type of men in the force, their backgrounds and their lifestyles etc.), are followed by a section on tracing ancestors in the RIC. This new edition details members of the RIC who were rewarded for their service during the Young Ireland Rising, 1848, the Fenian Rising, 1867, the Easter Rising, 1916 and the War of Independence, 1919–21. Also identified are members of the RIC who were killed in the line of duty from 1916 to 1922, members who volunteered for service in the Mounted Staff Corps or the Commissariat during the Crimean War, members who served as drivers or orderlies on secondment to the Irish Hospital Corps in the Boer War in 1900, as well as members who volunteered and served in the British Army in the First World War. RIC recipients of the Constabulary Medal (Ireland), the King’s Police Medal or the King George V, Coronation (Police) Medal, 1911, are also listed, as are ex-RIC men who transferred to the Garda Síochána or the Royal Ulster Constabulary in 1922 and received bravery medals.

‘This book combines a short history of policing in Ireland with a detailed description of how to trace ancestors who were members of police forces operating in this country between 1816 and 1922. This combination of history and genealogy gives the book a wide appeal’, Irish Roots.

‘[A] valuable source of information about the later years of the RIC’, Irish Times.

Jim Herlihy, a retired member of the Garda Síochána and a co-founder of the Garda Síochána Historical Society, has worked on these sources for many years. His publications include Royal Irish Constabulary Officers: A biographical dictionary and genealogical guide, 1816–1922 (2016. Paperback Reprint).

Paperback. 336 pages. Ills. €24.95.

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Comment by Nollaig 2016 on November 15, 2016 at 8:29am

The Geraldines and medieval Ireland
The making of a myth

Peter Crooks & Sean Duffy, editors

Geraldines (or FitzGeralds) are the most celebrated of the dynasties established in Ireland at the time of the Anglo-Norman invasion; and the dynasty’s most celebrated member during the Middle Ages was Gearóid Mór, the Great Earl of Kildare. This inaugural volume in the Trinity Medieval Ireland Series arises from a symposium held in September 2013 to mark the 500th anniversary of the Great Earl’s death in September 1513. The book traces the history of the Great Earl’s family from its origins to the sixteenth century. Some of Ireland’s finest historians offer fresh appraisals of the origins of the Geraldines (Seán Duffy); the role of Giraldus Cambrensis in shaping the self-image of his own family (Huw Pryce); the significance of the Geraldines as conquerors (Colin Veach), castle-builders (Linzi Simpson) and colonizers (Brendan Smith); the astonishing ramification of the family (Paul MacCotter); the ‘rebellious’ reputation of the first earl of Desmond (Robin Frame); and the brutal execution in 1468 of his great-grandson, the seventh earl of Desmond (Peter Crooks). The authors also investigate Geraldine engagement with Gaelic culture (Katharine Simms) and the culture of early Renaissance Europe (Aisling Byrne), as well as the family’s dealings with the native Irish (Sparky Booker), culminating in the remarkable career of the Great Earl (Steven G. Ellis) and the disastrous Desmond Rebellion (David Edwards). The book considers, too, the reception of the ‘myth’ of the Geraldines from the sixteenth century onwards, including the romance of ‘Silken Thomas’ (Ciaran Brady) and the battle for the legacy of the Geraldines in nineteenth-century Ireland (Ruairí Cullen).

Peter Crooks
 is a lecturer in medieval history at Trinity College Dublin. Seán Duffy is a fellow of Trinity College Dublin, where he is professor in medieval Irish history. 

Four Courts Press. 448pp. Hardback. €50.00

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Comment by Nollaig 2016 on November 18, 2016 at 12:24am

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Comment by Nollaig 2016 on November 20, 2016 at 6:19pm

#BookoftheYear: Congratulations to Nicola Gordon Bowe, whose biography of phenomenal Irish artist WILHELMINA GEDDES has been shortlisted as a 'Book of the Year; by international art magazine #Apollo…/


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