Author: Bruce Gaston

Film: The Enigma of Frank Ryan

Reading a review of this film in Scoláire Staire – History Scholar Magazine (http://scolairestaire.com/index.php) I was brought up short by this picture: “Wait a minute – I recognise that red brick facade!” And yes, indeed, it’s the Whitla Hall at Queen’s…

The Good Friday Agreement

To mark Good Friday, here’s a piece on the build-up to the Belfast Agreement, better known as the Good Friday Agreement after the day it was concluded. Background Events that took place over a long period before 1994 had prepared…

A new book on Joseph P. Kennedy, patriarch of the Kennedy family, reveals that he had New York Times columnist Arthur Krock, who was on his payroll, secretly approach President Roosevelt in December 1940 with a plan to send Kennedy to Ireland to secretly negotiate with Irish leader Eamon De Valera for the use of Irish military bases and ports.The British government immediately intervened and stated that “For your own information we regard Mr. Kennedy as a highly unsuitable emissary though we appreciate that we must not antagonize him or such Irish American opinion as is under his influence.”

Original article: http://rdd.me/fve1ww7d

Irish History Compressed E-book is DRM-free

There’s been some controversy recently about ebooks protected by DRM (Digital Rights Management) and what that allows the retailer to do with an ebook you thought you owned.* It’s not very apparent unless you search quite hard on the Amazon…