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IHB April 2024 Newsletter

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IHB April Newsletter 2024

The launch of “Anglicizing Tudor Connacht” by Dr Joseph Mannion (published by Four Courts Press) took place during April at The Irish History Bookshop in Cong.

The book charts the expansion of English rule into the south Connacht lordships of Clanrickard and Hy Many in the sixteenth century.

We are very grateful to Joe Mannion for giving a very interesting and informative talk about his latest book.

Copies of the book are available for sale here.

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Genealogy on Sale

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Searching for your ancestry or families history in Ireland is made more complicated by the absence of many of the civil records for Ireland prior to 1922.

During the opening salvoes of the Irish Civil War the bombardment of the Four Courts in Dublin led to the destruction of 700 years of records in the adjacent Public Records Office.

Thousands of records were saved and a restoration project is underway to preserve and recover as much information as possible from the salvaged records. More information about the process is available at The Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland.

In the meantime a wealth of information for those looking for their Irish ancestors is available in local and national records and other sources.

Guides to the content and location of the sources is available in a range of books about Irish genealogy and to get you started we have put all of our genealogy books on sale.

Check the titles here

Three Forthcoming Titles from UCD Press

UCD Press will be publishing three new titles at the beginning of May which are available to pre-order through our website.

Wild-Looking But Fine: Abbey Theatre Actresses of the 1930s by Ciara O’Dowd

The discovery of an archive of letters from the actress Aideen O’Connor in the James Hardiman Library in Galway led Ciara O’Dowd on a journey to discover more about the lives of the women of the Abbey Theatre. “Wild-Looking But Fine: Abbey Theatre Actresses of the 1930s” traces the lives of Aideen O’Connor and Ria Mooney from their debuts on the Abbey stage, to performing in New York in 1937, and the lives they made for themselves after that tour.

O’Dowd grapples with their artistic theories; their economic situations; their personal dilemmas. These biographies offer a new perspective on Ireland in the 1930s, on the treatment of women at the Abbey Theatre and in Hollywood, and on theatre practices in Ireland and America. It charts an internationalism in Irish acting and directing, connecting it with the work of feminist artists overseas and paints a vivid portrait of the artistic and inter-personal cultural milieu of the Abbey Theatre of the era.

Illustrated with original black and white images from the period, the book is a reflection on how we can construct life stories from the disparate traces left behind.

More information about the origins of the book and the Abbey Theatre Actresses of the 1930’s is available on Ciara O’Dowd’s blog at

Foreign Tongues. Victorian Language Learning and the Shaping of Modern Ireland by Phyllis Gaffney

Back in 2022, Paul Lay, in his final editorial comment in “History Today” magazine, cited languages as key to engaging with the history of our world – “if historians are to see the world through the eyes of others, now and then, as they must, they are the essential tools of the task”.

“Foreign Tongues. Victorian Language Learning and the Shaping of Modern Ireland by Phyllis Gaffney” draws on multiple sources to cast a fresh light on aspects of Irish history, viewed through the complex lens of language education.

Starting with the premise that “history shifts languages; languages shape history” Gaffney considers the revitalisation of continental influences on Ireland during the 19th century. She describes the development of language learning in the expansion of university education and in the development of the Gaelic League alongside the involvement of the Irish in European colleges and the British colonial service. Finally, she links the development of language learning in the 19th century to the shaping of Irish identities and the Ireland of the twentieth century.

John Redmond And Irish Parliamentary Traditions edited by Martin O’Donoghue and Emer Purcell

This multi-disciplinary collection of essays considers the Irish Parliamentary tradition with Redmond at its heart. Ranging from the 19th century to the middle of the 20th century the essays consider the emergence of the Irish Parliamentary Party; the relationship between Redmond and Charles Stewart Parnell and between Redmond and Edward Carson; an analysis of gender and politics in independent Ireland through a reassessment of Redmond’s attitudes towards the cause of women’s suffrage and the career of Bridget Redmond and finally a consideration of the legacy of the Irish Parliamentary Party.

The essays together situate Redmondism and the Irish Parliamentary Party within the context of the politics of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; the British Empire, Home Rule, Nationalism, Unionism, World War I and the 1916 Rising.

Bookfinding Service

Are you looking for a book about Irish history that is out of print or hard to find? We provide a specialist bookfinding service at no charge.

To use the service please send an email to [email protected] with the following information:

Title of the book;
Author of the book;
ISBN (if the book has one);
Edition or publication date you are looking for;
Your Name, Telephone Number and Address.

Please include the word “Booksearch” in the subject line.

If we are successful in locating a copy of the title we will contact you with the price and the cost of postage. If we are not successful in locating a copy immediately we will keep the details on file and notify you if a copy becomes available.

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