The Royal Irish Constabulary are often portrayed as the villains of the War of Independence in Ireland, Irishmen who betrayed their country by serving the British regime. No memorial has been raised in Ireland to those who died during the conflict and their names are largely forgotten, apart from a few who gained notoriety through the fact that Michael Collins himself ordered their killing. As a result, while their deaths are recorded in histories of the time, little attention is paid to the men themselves.
The extraordinary story of the fight between two unequal forces, which ended in the withdrawal of the British from twenty-six counties. Before the Truce of July 1921, the British presence in County Cork consisted of over 12,500 men. Against these stood the Irish Republican Army whose flying columns never exceeded 310 riflemen in the county.
A priest and his housekeeper abandon a baby girl on the doorstep of a house near the Black Church in Dublin’s north inner city in February 1923. Three local women notice the couple's suspicious behaviour and apprehend them. The two are handed over to the police, charged and sent for trial. A month later, a young doctor is shot dead on the streets of Mohill, Co. Leitrim. The two incidents are connected, but how?
Stephen Bradley has spent a very hectic year and a half promoting his latest film, Noble. What he doesn't know, until now, is that during the same period he was also developing a Stage IV cancer that has now spread to vital organs.
How did Ronan go from a stereotypical country life to the world of theatre performance? Worlds Apart is his open and honest account of his own personal journey from a "normal" life to something very different.
The issue of water charges has divided the country. This book will appeal to both sides of the debate by giving an honest, lively and insightful account of the dramatic events before, during and after water charges. It will speak to the one million people who actullay paid their water charges, but also show the scale and intensity of the anti-water charges movement, which succeeded in getting 100,000 people out onto the street and in ultimately reversing the charges.
The British Widgery and Saville inquiries did not hold Kitson and his elite troops accountable for Bloody Sunday. Kitson's Irish War lays bare the evidence they discounted and unlocks the some of the key secrets of the Dirty War that the British government is still determined to cover-up.