Books: Two towering rivals and friends, appraised together

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John Redmond and Edward Carson were the defining figures of Irish politics in the Home Rule era Pic: Getty

This is the fifth volume in the Royal Irish Academy’s superbly produced and illustrated Judging series, which seeks to reassess major Irish historical figures

HISTORY: Judging Redmond and Carson, By Alvin Jackson, Royal Irish Academy, €30

I don’t mean to engage in oneupmanship by mentioning that my great-uncle was the town clerk in Wexford. Frankly, I don’t even know what a town clerk does. I just know that when my father succumbed to dementia and could no longer remember who I was, he still clearly remembered and talked about how his uncle’s status within the town was signified...

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