Friday June 5, 2020

The Irish Revolution: Weighing up a pivotal stretch of Irish history

A doorstopper of a hardback book, nearly 1,000 pages in length, is a hefty tome which deals with equally weighty events

27th August, 2017
Éamon de Valera addressing a crowd outside Ennis Court House, Clare, in 1917

History: Atlas of the Irish Revolution, Edited by John Crowley, Donal Ó Drisceoil and Mike Murphy, Cork University Press, €63.25

There is an oddly attractive image that could be helpful when it comes to considering the subject of this book. The heavy-duty German philosopher, Hegel, wrote how the owl of Minerva – the Roman goddess of wisdom – only spreads its wings with the falling of dusk. I suppose this means that understanding...

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