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On the Web: Articles

On the Web: Specialized Sites

WWW Virtual Library

In the Library: Articles

Gray, Breda & Louise Ryan. "The politics of Irish identity & the interconnections between feminism, nationhood & colonialism," in R. Pierson & N. Chaudhuri (eds.) Nation, Empire, Colony (Bloomington: Indiana U, 1998), pp. 121-38.

Hayden, Tom. “Sinn Fein rising,” Nation (6/24/02):6-7.

Hazelkorn, Ellen. "Why is there no socialism in Ireland? Theoretical problems of Irish Marxism," Science & Society 53 (sum 1989):136-64.

Larkin, Emmett. "Socialism & Catholicism in Ireland," Church History 33 (1964):462-83.

Mahon, Evelyn. "Women's rights & Catholicism in Ireland," New Left Review 166 (11-12/87):53-78.

Rolston, Bill. "The training ground: Ireland, conquest & decolonisation," Race & Class 34,4 (1993): 13-24.

Whelan, Kevin. "The Catholic parish, the Catholic chapel & village development in Ireland," Irish Geography 16 (1983):1-15.

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Bradley, Anthony & Maryann Gialanella Valiulis (eds.) Gender & Sexuality in Modern Ireland (Amherst MA: 1997).

Brennan, Paul & Catherine de Saint Phalle (eds.) Arguing at the Crossroads: Essays on a Changing Ireland (Dublin: New Island, 1997).

Broderick, Marian. Wild Irish Women: Extraordinary Lives from History (Madison: U. of Wisconsin, 2004).

Brown, Terence. Ireland: A Social & Cultural History, 1922 to the Present (Ithaca: Cornell, 1986).

Byrne, A. & M. Leonard (eds.) Women & Irish Society: A Sociological Reader (Belfast: Beyond the Pale, 1997).

Carbery, Mary. The Farm by Lough Gur: The Story of Mary Fogarty [1937] (Cork: Mercier, 1973).
Classic introduction to lifeways of Catholic "strong farmers" in late 19th c.

Carmody, P. &. M. McEvoy. A Study of Irish Female Prisoners (Dublin: Stationery Office, 1996).

Coulter, C. The Hidden Tradition: Feminism, Women & Nationalism (Cork: Cork U, 1993).

Cronin, Mike & John M. Reagan (eds.) Ireland: The Politics of Independence, 1922-1949 (NY, 2000).

Dillon, Martin. God & the Gun: The Church & Irish Terrorism (London: Routledge, 1990).

Edwards, Ruth Dudley & Bridget Hourican. An Atlas of Irish History (3rd ed.; NY: Routledge, 2005). Useful for developments of 70s, 80s & 90s as well as earlier periods.

Fitzpatrick, David. The Two Irelands: 1912-1939 (NY: Oxford, 1998).

Doherty, Richard. Irish Men & Women in the Second World War (Dublin: Four Courts, 1999). Volunteers on both sides.

Feeney, Brian. Sinn Fein: 100 Turbulent Years (Dublin: O'Brien, 2002).

Freeman, T.W. Ireland: A General & Regional Geography (London, 1969).

Hickey, Margaret. Irish Days: Oral Histories of the 20th C. (London: Kyle Cathie, 2001).

Howe, Stephen. Ireland & Empire: Colonial Legacies in Irish History & Culture (NY: Oxford, 2001).

Hutchinson, John. The Dynamics of Cultural Nationalism: The Gaelic Revival & the Creation of the Irish Nation State (Winchester, 1987).

Inglis, Tim. Moral Monopoly: The Rise & Fall of the Catholic Church in Modern Ireland (2nd ed.; Dublin, 1998).

Jackson, Alvin. Home Rule: An Irish History 1800-2000 (NY: Oxford, 2004).

Joyce, Nan. My Life on the Road ( 2000). Autobiography of a Traveller woman & Travellers' rights advocate.

Kee, Robert. The Green Flag: A History of Irish Nationalism (NY: Penguin, 2000).

Kiberd, Declan. Inventing Ireland (London, 1995).

Lander, Ben. Irish Voices, Irish Lives (Dingle, 1997).

Luddy, Maria & Cliona Murphy (eds.) Women Surviving: Studies in Irish Women's History in the 19th & 20th c. (Dublin, 1990).

Mahoney, Rose. Whoredom in Kimmage: The World of Irish Women (NY: Doubleday, 1993).

McCann, Eamonn. Dear God: The Price of Religion in Ireland (London: Bookmarks, 1999).

McCashin, A. Lone Mothers in Ireland: A Local Study (Dublin: Oak Tree, 1996).

McCourt, Frank. Angela's Ashes: A Memoir (NY: Scribner, 1996).

McGonagle, Declan & Fintan O'Toole. Irish Art Now: From the Poetic to the Political (London: Harold Holberton, 1999).

Murphy, Annie with Peter de Rosa. Forbidden Fruit: The True Story of My Secret Love Affair with Ireland's Most Powerful Bishop (Boston: Little, Brown, 1993). Irish-American woman writes of scandalous affair with Bishop of Galway..

Murphy, Dervla. Wheels within Wheels (London, 1979). Growing up in small town during the Depression, World War II & post-War years.

Murphy-Lawless, Jo. Fighting Back: Women & the Impact of Drug Abuse on Families & Communities (Dublin: Liffey, 2002).

Nolan, B. & D. Watson. Women & Poverty in Ireland (Dublin: Oak Tree, 1999).

O'Connor, P. Emerging Voices: Women in Contemporary Irish Society (Dublin: IPA, 1998).

O'Faolain, Nuala. Are You Somebody? The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman (NY: Henry Holt, 1996).

O'Farrell, Patrick. England & Ireland since 1800 (NY: Oxford, 1975).

O'Toole, Fintan. A Mass for Jesse James: A Journey Through 1980s Ireland (Dublin: Raven Arts, 1990).

__________. Black Hole, Green Card: The Disappearance of Ireland (Dublin: New Island, 1994).

__________. The Ex-Isle of Erin: Images of a Global Ireland (Dublin: New Island, 1997).

__________. The Lie of the Land: Irish Identities (London: Verso, 1997).

Paseta, Senia. Modern Ireland: A Very Short Introduction (NY: Oxford,2002).

Patterson, Henry. Ireland Since 1939 (NY: Oxford, 2002).

Ross, Eric B. Ireland: The 'Promised Land' of Malthusian Theory? (The Hague: Institute of Social Studies, 1996).

Smyth, A. (ed.) Irish Women's Studies Reader (Dublin : Attic, 1993).

Stivers, Richard. The Hair of the Dog: Irish Drinking & Its American Stereotype (NY: Continuum, 2000).

Stradling, Robert. The Irish & the Spanish Civil War, 1936-39 (Manchester: Manchester U, 1999). Impact on society of Irish having fought on both sides there.

Tanner, Marcus. Ireland's Holy Wars: The Struggle for a Nation's Soul, 1500-2000 (New Haven: Yale, 2001).

Tóibin, Colm. The Trial of the Generals: Selected Journalism, 1980-1990 (Dublin: Raven Arts, 1990).

__________. The South (NY: Penguin, 1992).

In the Library: Fiction

Brown, Christy. Down All the Days (NY: Stein & Day, 1970).

McGahern, John. By the Lake (NY: Knopf, 2002).

Miner, Valerie. Blood Sisters: An Examination of Conscience (NY: St. Martin's, 1982).

Tóibin, Colm. The Heather Blazing (London: Pan, 1992).

__________ (ed.) New Writing from Ireland: A Soho Square Anthology (Winchester MA: Faber & Faber, 1994).

__________. The Blackwater Lightship: A Novel (London: Picador, 1999).

__________ (ed.) The Penguin Book of Fiction (NY: Viking, 1999).

Trevor, William. A Bit on the Side (NY: Viking, 2004). Stories.

Uris, Leon. Trinity (NY: Doubleday, 1976).

In the Library: Poetry

In the Library: Photography

CD & Audio:

Film & Video:

"Angela's Ashes" [1999], dir. Alan Parker, ?m. In video stores. A family's life in the urban poverty of Limerick in the 1930's.

"Dancing at Lughnasa" [1998], dir. Pat O'Connor, 96m. In video stores. Five unmarried sisters make most of life in rural Ireland during 1930s.

"The Matchmaker" [1997], dir. Mark Joffe, 97m. In video stores.

"The Magdalene Sisters" [2002], dir. Peter Mullan, ?m. In video stores. Cruel treatment of young women condemned to labor in Magdalene Laundries (in operation until 1996).

"Man of Aran" [1934], dir. Robert J. Flaherty, ?m. Docu-drama of island life in the Depression years.

"Odd Man Out" [1947], dir. Carol Reed, ?m.

"The Snapper" [1993], dir. Stephen Frears, 87m. In video stores. The daughter's pregnancy out of wedlock upsets a family.

"Veronica Guerin" [2003], dir. Joel Schumacher, ?m. In video stores. Profile of crime reporter whose murder led to sweeping reforms in Irish judicial system.

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