Monthly Archives: November 2012
Patrick Pearse has not been very well-served by biographies. Louis Le Roux’s life of Pearse in the 1930s was too weighed towards the hagiographic and Ruth Dudley Edwards’ 1977 effort was towards the revisionist hatchet-job end of the scale. Sean Farrell Moran’s attempt to look into Pearse’s mind was simply bizarre and told us more about the peculiar workings of Moran’s own mind than it did about the 1916 leader. Brian Murphy’s Patrick Pearse and the lost Republican Ideal (1991) is excellent, but not a biography.
Augusteijn’s book is the first new bio of Pearse in over 30 years and stands head and shoulders above Read the rest of this entry
I’m still trying to catch up with things promised long ago. Because I got so far behind with stuff I wanted to get up, I’m reluctant to make any promises re actual dates for stuff, but here is what is in the pipeline:
Review of the Augusteijn bio of Pearse (it’s turning into quite a lengthy review but it’s about two-thirds done)
Review of O Beachain’s book on Fianna Fail and the IRA up to 1973 (haven’t started yet but aim to this week)
Review of O Ruairc book on the battle for Limerick during the civil war (have begun)
Markievicz 1923 pamphlet on What republicans stand for (half done – thanks Nick!)
I’m currently reading Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc’s riveting little book The Battle for Limerick City, the first work in a projected series by Mercier on the military history of the civil war. I’ll get a review up when I’m done. (As an aside, Liam Lynch’s role in Limerick was absolutely appalling – he really was the architect of republican defeat there, as well as in general in the war. But more on that when I do the review!)
Reading it made me do a google search on Pádraig and I came across some very interesting stuff. Here’s a good little piece by him about the recent attempt to whitewash and celebrate the old RIC: http://www.theirishstory.com/2012/09/03/ric-memorial/
I’m still well behind, however, with reviews of the Augusteijn bio of Pearse and the Ó Beacháin book on Fianna Fail and the IRA up to 1973. However, at least I got up the review of Ireland’s Credit Crunch at long last. . .