New Book: Working in Cork: Everyday life in Irish Steel, Sunbeam Wolsey and the Ford Marina Plant, 1917-2001 by Liam Cullinane. Cork University Press

This book deals with the history of the working class in twentieth-century Ireland through a close examination of three Cork factories (Irish Steel, Sunbeam-Wolsey and the Ford Marina Plant) and the men and men who worked therein. Departing from previous labour history in Ireland, this book uses a comparative factory study approach – combined with extensive oral testimony – to

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New Book: Irish Country Furniture and Furnishings, 1700-2000 by Claudia Kinmonth. Cork University Press.

This major illustrated study, encompassing three centuries, illuminates a way of life in Ireland that has almost vanished. ‘Claudia Kinmonth’s astonishing work of scholarship and preservation records the richness of Irish furniture and furnishings across three centuries – an intimate and powerful expression of domestic life and material culture in a vanishing world. — Professor Daniel Carey, Vice President of

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New Book Who Was Responsible for the Troubles by Liam Kennedy. McGill Queens University Press

The Troubles claimed the lives of almost four thousand people in Northern Ireland, most of them civilians; forty-five thousand were injured in bombings and shootings. Relative to population size this was the most intense conflict experienced in Western Europe since the end of the Second World War. The central question posed in this book is fundamental, yet it is one

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New Book: The New Irish Studies, edited by Paige Reynolds (Cambridge University Press, 2020)

New Book: The New Irish Studies, edited by Paige Reynolds (Cambridge UP, 2020). The New Irish Studies demonstrates how diverse critical approaches enable a richer understanding of contemporary Irish writing and culture. The early decades of the twenty-first century in Ireland and Northern Ireland have seen an astonishing rate of change, one that reflects the common understanding of the contemporary

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New Special Issue of Journal Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Philologica. Free full download available

This is a special issue of the journal Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Philologica, based at the Hungarian University of Transylvania in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The theme of this special issue that I have guest edited is Irish Writing and Central/Eastern Europe. All of the 7 articles plus the introduction are free to download in PDF format from the following web-site page of

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New Book: Limits and Languages in Contemporary Irish Women’s Poetry by Daniela Theinová. Palgrave Macmillan

New Book: Limits and Languages in Contemporary Irish Women’s Poetry by Daniela Theinová Limits and Languages in Contemporary Irish Women’s Poetry examines the transactions between the two main languages of Irish literature, English and Irish, and their formative role in contemporary poetry by Irish women. Daniela Theinová explores the works of well-known poets such as Eavan Boland, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Nuala Ní

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New Collection: Cultural Convergence: The Dublin Gate Theatre, 1928-1960 Eds: Ondřej Pilný, Ruud van den Beuken and Ian R. Walsh Palgrave Macmillan

Cultural Convergence: The Dublin Gate Theatre, 1928-1960 Edited by Ondřej Pilný, Ruud van den Beuken and Ian R. Walsh Palgrave Macmillan, 2021 Based on extensive archival research, this open access book examines the poetics and politics of the Dublin Gate Theatre (est. 1928) over the first three decades of its existence, discussing some of its remarkable productions in the comparative contexts of avant-garde theatre,

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New Book: Flann O’Brien: Gallows Humour by Ruben Borg and Paul Fagan. Cork University Press.

The essays collected in this volume draw unprecedented critical attention to the centrality of politics in Flann O’Brien’s art. The organising theme of Gallows humour focuses these inquiries onto key encounters between the body and the law, between death and the comic spirit in the author’s canon. These innovative analyses explore the place of biopolitics in O’Brien’s modernist experimentation and

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New Book: Politics, Culture, and the Irish American Press 1784–1963. Edited by Debra Reddin van Tuyll, Mark O’Brien, Marcel Broersma. Syracuse University Press

From the Revolutionary War forward, Irish immigrants have contributed significantly to the construction of the American Republic. Scholars have documented their experiences and explored their social, political, and cultural lives in countless books. Offering a fresh perspective, this volume traces the rich history of the Irish American diaspora press, uncovering the ways in which a lively print culture forged significant

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New Book: Avant-Garde Nationalism at the Dublin Gate Theatre, 1928-1940 by Ruud van den Beuken. Syracuse University Press

In 1928, Hilton Edwards and Micheál mac Liammóir founded the Dublin Gate Theatre, which quickly became renowned for producing stylistically and dramaturgically innovative plays in a uniquely avant-garde setting. While the Gate’s lasting importance to the history of Irish theater is generally its introduction of experimental foreign drama to Ireland, Van den Beuken shines a light on the Gate’s productions

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