Irish History & Political Landscape
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|A Real Paddy. [Egan, Pierce]. Real Life In Ireland: Or, The Day and Night Scenes, Rovings, Rambles and Sprees, Bulls, Blunders and Bodderation and Blarney of Brian Boru, Esq., and his Elegant Friend Sir Shawn O’Dogherty. London, Methuen and Co., 1904. 11 x 17.5cm. Frontispiece, (16), 312 pages, with 18 coloured illustration plates. Additional spine label included in rear of book. Original clothbound hardcover. Very good condition, with minor signs of shelf wear to spine. [The Illustrated Pocket Library of Plain and Coloured Books].
First published in 1821 by an anonymous author calling themselves a ‘Real Paddy’, this edition of Real Life in Ireland, was published in London in 1904. Commentators have observed that Real Life in Ireland was a natural continuation of Pierce Egan’s (1772-1849) hilarious volumes on Life in London. Like Life in London, Real Life in Ireland was initially shunned by educated readers and even a quick glance at the language and misdeeds of the central characters, Brian Boru and Sir Shawn O’Doherty, reveal that such a publication may once have been able to cause and give offence. However, Real Life in Ireland is more akin to the works of Flann O’Brien and although written nearly 200 years ago is very readable and very funny. Opening with the discharge of Shawn O’Dogherty from college in Dublin with a small fortune to spend, he is joined from the country by his friend Brian Boru, who along the way is regaled by the stories of Peg O’Shambles, a one-time cockle picker from Ringsend in Dublin, who has fallen on hard times due to her alcoholic husband’s misdeeds. Accompanied by many humerus cartoons of Brian Boru’s adventures, the characters travel from Belfast to make merry in Dublin. While the characters in Real Life in Ireland might be fictitious the places, events and the Hiberno-Irish featured throughout are not. Real Life in Ireland provides a clear account of Dublin and its inhabitants, as well as the major sights and attractions of its suburbs. All-in-all, the 368 pages of Real Life in Ireland make for a highly entertaining and extremely funny read and has much to recommend it to a modern readership that might be unfamiliar with its kind. [Irish Family History Centre]
Keywords: 19th Century, Comic, Humour, Ireland, Irish Counties, Towns and Cities, Irish Culture, Irish History, Travel
|[Ahern, Bertie]. Collection of four important Biographies on Bertie Ahern (one of them signed / inscribed). The collection includes: 1. John Downing – Most Skilful, Most Devious, Most Cunning – A Political Biography of Bertie Ahern. / 2. Michael Clifford & Shane Coleman – Bertie Ahern and the Drumcondra Mafia / 3. Bertie Ahern – The Autobiography (signed / Inscribed) / 4. John Cooney – Battleship Bertie – Politics in Ahern’s Ireland. Dublin / London, Blackwater Press / Hachette / Hutchinson, 2004 – 2009. Octavo. 242, 377, 372, 346 pages. One book in original Hardcover with dustjacket / Three books in original softcover.. Excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear. Includes one newspaper-article on Bertie Ahern in which he calls himself the last irish socialist.
Bartholomew Patrick “Bertie” Ahern (born 12 September 1951) is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician who served as Taoiseach from 1997 to 2008, Leader of Fianna Fáil from 1994 to 2008, Leader of the Opposition from 1994 to 1997, Tánaiste and Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht from November 1994 to December 1994, Deputy Leader of Fianna Fáil from 1992 to 1994, Minister for Industry and Commerce in January 1993, Minister for Finance from 1991 to 1994, Minister for Labour from 1987 to 1991, Government Chief Whip and Minister of State at the Department of Defence from March 1982 to December 1982 and Lord Mayor of Dublin from 1986 to 1987. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) from 1977 to 2011.
Keywords: Collections, History of Irish Politics, Irish Biographies, Irish Biography, Irish History, Irish Political History, Irish Politics
|Aldous, Richard. Great Irish Speeches. [Includes CD of Ireland’s greatest speakers]. With a Foreword by Colm Tóibín. London, Quercus, 2007. Quarto. 223 pages with many illustrations. Original Hardcover with dustjacket. Excellent, as new condition with only minor signs of external wear.
Includes for example speeches by: Henry Grattan / Robert Emmet / Daniel O’Connell / James Larkin / Patrick Pearse / William Butler Yeats / John A.Costelle / Eamon de Valera / Noel Browne / Sean Lemass / Joe Connolly / Maire Geoghegan-Quinn / Seamus Heaney / David Trimble / Micheal Martin / Gerry Adams / Mary McAleese / Ian Paisley / Bertie Ahern / Joe Higgins / etc.
Keywords: History of Irish Politics, Irish Biographies, Irish Biography, Irish History, Irish Political History, Irish Politics, Speech, Speeches
|Almqvist, Bo / O Cathasaigh, Roibeard / Feiriteár, Bab. Coiglimis an Tine. Cnuasach Seanchais agus sceálta Bhab Feiriteár. Bo Almqvist agus Roibeard O ´Cathasaigh a choírigh agus a chuir in eagar. Baile an Fheirteáraigh, Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne, 2010. 21 cm. 230 pages. With illustrations (colour, and black & white), map, portraits. With two oaudio CD’s. Softcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear.
Keywords: Folk songs, Irish, Gaeilge, Gaelic, Gaelic Language, Ireland, Irish History, Kerry, Storytelling, Tales
|[An Seabhac] Seoda an tSeabhaic. ‘Jimin’ agus ‘An Baile seo againne!. B.A.C, Clodhanna Teo, 1983. 22 cm. 175 pages. Softcover. Very poor condition with stronger signs of wear. Name of preowner on titlepage.
Keywords: Gaeilge, Gaelic, Gaelic Language, Irish History
|Andrews, J.H. Shapes of Ireland: Maps and Their Makers 1564-1839. Dublin, Geography Publications, 1997. 15.5 cm x 24 cm. IX, 346 pages. Original Hardcover with dustjacket and protective Mylar covering. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear.
Includes for example the following chapters: Friends in High Places: Gerard Mercator, 1564 / The Empire of Great Britain: John Speed, 1610 / Eight Times Round the World: William Petty, 1685 / Surveys of a Later Date: Thomas Jefferys, 1759 / A Churchman’s Ireland: Daniel Augustus Beaufort, 1792 / The Shape of Maps to Come: Thomas Larcom, 1839 etc.
Keywords: Irish History, Irish Maps, Maps
|Anonymous. Athbheochan na Gaeilge / The Restoration of the Irish Language. Dublin, Oifig an tSolathair, 1965. 16 cm x 24 cm. 181 pages. Original softcover. Very good condition with some clear signs of wear. Name of preowner on endpaper, dogears, some browning of page-edges.
Contains the following chapters in Irish and English: Introduction / Public Administration / The Gaeltacht / The Educational System / The Language in Media of Culture and Entertainment / The Language in Irish Society / Co-ordination and Implementation of Policy / Appendix: State Aid to the Gaeltacht / Map – An Ghaeltacht.
Keywords: Bilingual, Gaeilge, Gaelic, Gaelic Language, Irish History, Irish Interest, Irish language, Irish Law
|[Anonymous]. Guide to Killarney and Glengariff. With a Map and Six Plates. New Edition, revised and corrected. Dublin, William Curry, Jun. and Company, 1835. 11 cm x 17 cm. Frontispiece, , 130 pages. Hardcover / Original publisher’s cloth with spinelabel and label on frontcover. Some staining to the binding but otherwise firm and with the original endpapers intact. Interior in very good condition besides some pages and illustrations being a little dusty. Few illustrations with faded dampstain. Rare and early publication for the tourist in 19th century Ireland. With name of prewoner in ink on titlepage: “Robert Morrison, Shanakiel, Cork”.
Includes for example the following illustrations:
Keywords: Bandon, Bantry, Bantry Bay, Bay of Glena, Glengarriff, Gougane Barry (Gougane Barra), Inisfallen Island, Innisfallen Island, Irish History, Irish Local History, Killarney, Limerick, Ross Island, Rosscarbery, Turk Lake, West Cork
|Ashton, Robert / Michelburne, John. Two Historical Plays: The Battle of Aughrim, or the Fall of Monsieur St. Ruth / Ireland Preserved, or the Siege of Londonderry. Dublin, C.M. Warren, No date [c.1880] 9 cm x 14 cm. 144 pages. Softcover / Original, titled brochure. Good condition with signs of external wear. Damage to corners of front page. Spotting on page edges, front and rear page and several pages within. Otherwise clean inside and intact.
Robert Ashton; author of Battle of Aughrim or the Fall of Monsieur St. Ruth, a verse tragedy in five acts, first seen in 1728; Dublin edns. of Aughrim in 1756, 1771, 1777, 1780, 1784, 1814, 1839, 1841; another in Strabane, 1785, and one in Limerick, 1819; often printed with Michelburne’s Siege of London-Derry; also wrote unprinted comedy, Love is the Conqueror, and is the prob. author of Congratulatory Poem to Dean Swift (1725), Poem in Honour of the Royal Society of Journeymen Shoemakers (1726), and Poem on the Birth-day of Her Late Majesty Queen Anne (1726), all printed in Dublin as folio sheets by a student of TCD; The Battle of Aughrim, called ‘the Ulster folk play par excellence’ (J. R. R. Adams), was revived in Camden Town, London, in 1990.” (Ricorso)
Keywords: 18th Century Literature, 19th Century, Irish Drama, Irish History, Irish Literature, Ulster
|Bannister, Garry. Proverbs in Gaelic – = Seanfhocail i nGaeilge. Baile Átha Cliath, ForSai Publications, 2005. 15 cm. x, 301 pages. Softcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear.
Keywords: Gaeilge, Gaelic, Gaelic Language, Irish History, Proverbs, Irish, Translations into English
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