Tag: pre-WW1

An answer to my question?

A few weeks ago I posed the question both here and on Twitter about what were the “six times [meaning six rebellions] during the last three hundred years” referred to on the 1916 Proclamation. I didn’t get any response. Having…

Scenes of old Ireland from ‘The Two Hemispheres’

The Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge, Co. Antrim, Ireland. Still in existence (and open to visitors!) today. Illustration from 'The Two Hemispheres' by George Goudie Chisolm, 1885.

The Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge, Co. Antrim, Ireland. Still in existence (and open to visitors!) today. Illustration from The Two Hemispheres by George Goudie Chisolm, 1885.

The book The Two Hemispheres: a popular account of the countries and peoples of the world … Illustrated, etc. (1885) covers, as its title suggests, the whole world. Scans of its illustrations were among the thousands recently uploaded to Flickr by the British Library. I’ve extracted and added to the Irish History Compressed Pinterest account the ones of sights in Ireland.

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…

Roger Casement: traitor and hero

I just spotted a new article on the BBC’s website about Roger Casement, so I thought I’d link to it. The main ‘thesis’ is as follows: Author Angus Mitchell, who has written several books on Casement, believes he was not…

Reposted: Patrick Pearse: A Short Biography

The intellectual leader behind the Easter Rising of 1916, Pearse, born 10 November 1879, had qualified as a lawyer but his interests ranged widely beyond that. He was a proponent of both the revived Irish language and educational reform; combining…