I am so at home in Dublin, more than any other city, that I feel it has always been familiar to me. It took me years to see through its soft charm to its bitter prickly kernel - which I quite like too.

Ireland 1912 - 1922

The War of Independence in Kildare

Despite the obstacle of being based in the same county as one third of Britain's military strength in Ireland, the Kildare IRA played an important role in the War of Independence running a successful military campaign and playing a crucial role in intelligence gathering.

The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916- 1918

The city of Cork experienced a political odyssey between Easter 1916 and the end of 1918. Irish Republicans evolved from a marginalised group to become undisputed political masters. The First World war created the context for this political transformation in Ireland's third- largest city.

Towards Commemoration

Contemporary Ireland, north and south, was founded in the decade 1912-23. From the signing of the Ulster Unionists' Solemn League and Covenant to the partitioning of the country and subsequent civil war in the Irish Free State, a series of events shaped Ireland for the century to come.

Field of Fire: The Battle of Ashbourne, 1916

A study of the Battle of Ashbourne in 1916, when the 5th Batallion of the Irish Volunteers confronted the RIC.

Ireland’s 1916 Rising

Explorations of history-making, commemorations and heritage in modern times.

Easter Widows

Tells the story of seven Irish women who became widows after their husbands were executed in the aftermath of the 1916 Rising. These women all knew each other and their lives became intertwined.

Neither Unionist Nor Nationalist

The first major history of the relatively overlooked 10th (Irish) Division sheds new light on ethnicity, age, religion, employment and social background and reveals that the 10th was neither as Irish nor as nationalist as previously believed.

Dublin 1916: The French Connection

Bill Mc Cormack demonstrates the profound French influence in Ireland leading up to the Easter Rising. However, it was not the traditions of the Tennis Court Oath or Bastille Day that motivated the Irish rebels, but a new French Catholic nationalism which reached its apogee with the Dreyfus Affair and which pervaded literature as well as politics.

Freedom and the Fifth Commandment

Addressing the close relationship between Irish nationalism and Catholicism when a new republicanism emerged after the 1916 Easter rising, this book examines the War of Independence from the perspective of a powerful social elite: the Catholic clergy.

A Nation and Not a Rabble

Diarmaid Ferriter’s account of the Irish Revolutions and their legacy; drawing on newly released archival material, witness statements and testimony from the people who lived and fought 1913-1923.

Con Colbert

Biography of Con Colbert, member of Na Fianna Éireann, the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Republican Brotherhood, who faced the firing squad at Kilmainham Gaol on 8 May 1916, aged twenty-seven.

Willie Pearse

Biography of Willie Pearse, the younger brother of Patrick Pearse, a leader of the 1916 Rising.