Category: Reviews

Book reviews of works about Irish history.


My review of Oscar Wilde’s Elegant Republic: Transformation, Dislocation and Fantasy in Fin-de-siècle Paris by David Charles Rose has just been published online and will be included in the next issue (26.3) of Irish Studies Review.



From one review of Ireland and the British Empire (which I’ve just ordered from

Apparently de Valera was furious with Costello when he announced, in 1948, that the newly declared Republic would be leaving the Commonwealth, shortly before India and Pakistan announced that, as republics, they would stay in, on just the sort of terms as de Valera had wanted.

Full book details: Ireland and the British Empire (Oxford History of the British Empire Companion Series), edited by Kevin Kenny (OUP, 2006)

My top books on Irish history

There are a lot of books on Irish history, and the current Decade of Commemoration has prompted a flood of new ones. Here’s my choice of a few of those that have been around for a while but are still…

Book Review: The Outrages

The Outrages 1920-1922: IRA & Ulster Special Constabulary Pearse Lawlor MERCIER PRESS Cork According to the publishers: The Outrages gives an account of the major incidents, now slipping from local memory, as the War of Independence escalated from attacks on…