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Finding James – An Irish World War I Journey

A Family World War I History Revisited Aedin Johnston first started researching Finding James in 2006 when she started looking into the life of her grand uncle who fought in World War I. Little was known about why James O’Connor joined the British army, particularly as he came from a largely Republican family. “They knew nothing of the life he led during the war, the battles he fought or where he died… As a result I did a huge amount of research and followed his footsteps through the war. In doing […]

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The Boys of Ballycroy – Kieran Ginty

A full-time public servant, Kieran Ginty qualified from the University of Limerick with a BA degree in Public Administration. Originally from Ballycroy in Co. Mayo, he is now settled in Limerick. This week, I had a quick chat with Kieran about his newly printed novel, his first, The Boys of Ballycroy. First off, I asked Kieran how it all started. “People who have read the book estimated that it must have taken me at least three years to write,” he said, “but I actually did it in less than 6 […]

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Kilclooney Woods by Micheal O’h-Aonghusa

Last week, Selfpublishbooks.ie printed Micheal O’hAonghusa’s new book, Kilclooney Woods, a brief history of Fenianism and the events of 1867 in East Cork. I had a quick chat with Micheal and asked him if he had always wanted to write. “I have never been into writing,” says Micheal, “but I have always been into history, and especially local history. I was involved for years in Republican politics, and at the age of 23 (I am now 76) I was organising commemorations of Peter O’Neill-Crowley at Kilclooney Wood. That wasn’t surprising, […]

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