Irish Studies

Linenopolis, loyalism and literary afterlives… upcoming books in our Irish list

October is Irish Studies month at #LUP120, and here’s a sneak preview of three titles appearing in Spring 2020. The Literary Afterlives of Roger Casement, 1899-2016 by Alison Garden explores the literary and cultural legacy of one of Ireland’s most enigmatic and controversial figures. Casement can be found in the most curious of places: from … Continue reading

Irish Studies

The Voice of the Provinces

Christopher Doughan is the author of The Voice of the Provinces, one of the first books examining the history of Ireland’s regional newspapers. Ireland’s regional and provincial newspapers have played a largely unrecognised role in Irish history: this book charts their experiences in the dramatic and sometimes violent years leading up to independence. In this … Continue reading

Irish Studies

A Parnellite in the Free State? Henry Harrison and the legacy of the Irish Parliamentary Party

The Legacy of the Irish Parliamentary Party in Independent Ireland, 1922-1949 by Martin O'Donoghue offers a new perspective on the early years of independent Ireland. Providing statistical analysis of the extent of Irish Party heritage in each Dáil and Seanad in the period, it analyses how party followers reacted to independence and examines the place … Continue reading

Irish Studies

Begging, Charity and Religion in Pre-Famine Ireland – In Conversation with Ciarán McCabe

Beggars and begging were ubiquitous features of pre-Famine Irish society, yet have gone largely unexamined by historians. Begging, Charity and Religion in Pre-Famine Ireland explores for the first time the complex cultures of mendicancy, as well as how wider societal perceptions of and responses to begging were framed by social class, gender and religion. The … Continue reading

Irish Studies

Artistic works inspired by the Great Famine struggle to do it justice, but they keep the memory alive

This piece was originally published on The Conversation. How do you represent in film an experience as keen and painful as hunger? Director Lance Daly’s recently released film Black ‘47 – a revenge epic set during the 1840s Irish famine – is the latest attempt to depict the devastating catastrophe which left more than a million dead … Continue reading