Wednesday January 22, 2020

Books: Two towering rivals and friends, appraised together

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

18th March, 2018
John Redmond and Edward Carson were the defining figures of Irish politics in the Home Rule era Pic: Getty

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...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

The Chinese New Year celebrations begin this Saturday. Here’s your guide to what’s on, what it all means and, most importantly, where to eat the best dumplings

Sarah Taaffe-Maguire | 3 days ago

That casually trendy music that plays in your favourite clothing shop or restaurant is not there by accident: it’s carefully selected, compiled and processed to encourage you to stay and spend

Nadine O’Regan | 3 days ago

When Peter McGovern heard the CCJ being described as a colosseum, he knew he had succeeded

Rosanna Cooney | 3 days ago