UCD Irish Revolutionary Period Titles

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UCD Press have requested us to pass on details of  Irish revolutionary period titles from the 1913-1922 period available from UCD Press


Hi there,

I would like to bring to your attention a number of our recent Irish Studies titles that may be of interest to you in this year of commemoration in Ireland. Pasted below is a selection of these revolutionary period titles  

All of our books can be ordered at a 10% discount direct from ourselves at www.ucdpress.ie or by calling us on +353 1 716 4680 (postage rates apply). 

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like any further information about any of our titles or if you would like to place an order.

Best wishes,

Damien Lynam

Editorial Assistant

UCD Press

Years of Turbulence: The Irish Revolution and Its Aftermath Jacket Image


Years of Turbulence: The Irish Revolution and Its Aftermath

edited by Diarmaid Ferriter & Susannah Riordan

9781910820070 (hb)


‘UCD Press has produced an appropriately elegant-looking book’ – The Irish Times

‘The book is suitably scholarly, and there’s no doubting the effort taken in winkling out valuable insights from hitherto darkened corners of the period’ – Irish Examiner

‘An excellent new book’ – The Irish Voice


Years of Turbulence powerfully showcases many new perspectives on the Irish revolutionary period of 1912–23, through the vivid and provocative scholarship of leading and emerging historians. The contributors to this fascinating collection not only focus on new angles, they also revisit traditional assumptions, and elaborate on some of the central, current debates on the revolutionary period. Many muted voices of the revolution are given a platform for the first time in these pages. The collection demonstrates a determination to uncover personal experiences and protests that until now have remained relatively undocumented and ignored. The book is lavishly illustrated with images of the period and is in honour of Michael Laffan. RRP €40 £32

Big Jim Larkin: Hero or Wrecker?

Big Jim Larkin: Hero or Wrecker?
by Emmet O’Connor

9781906359935 (hb)

 ‘Emmet O’Connor’s new biography of Jim Larkin is labour history writing at its very best’ – Sunday Business Post

‘It is essential reading for all those seeking to understand Larkinism and the complex history of the Irish working class throughout the first half of the 20th Century’ – Irish Examiner

‘masterly new biography’ – Irish Independent

‘very readable book’ – The Irish Times

Much has been written about ‘Big Jim’ Larkin but, remarkably, this is the first full-length biography. Through the research of leading Labour historian Emmet O'Connor, Larkin – Labour leader and agitator – is thoroughly evaluated. Based on newly uncovered and extensive police records, FBI files, and archives of the Communist International in Moscow, O’Connor goes beyond the public figure of heroism to explore the hidden side of a very private person who hated people knowing his business and kept his ambitions and personal demons behind a veil of silence. In Big Jim Larkin Emmet O’Connor reveals a man who proves to be both hero and wrecker. RRP €40 £32

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The Centenary Classics series

introduced by Fearghal McGarry

9781910820032 (pb)


‘These contemporary accounts by well known personalities of historical events and attitudes have an immediacy that conventional histories do not have’ – Books Ireland

The Centenary Classics series allows the reader to witness the 1913–23 revolutionary period through the eyes of those on the ground, offering a unique and authentic perspective in this unforgettable collection of accounts of the birth of the Irish nation. The series is introduced by Fearghal McGarry and comes packaged in an attractive wrap. The six titles in the series include an analysis from an Ulster Protestant, and supporter of Home Rule, of events leading up to the arming of the Orangemen in the lead up to the Ulster crisis; a jail journal from Darrell Figgis after his arrest in the aftermath of the 1916 Rising; the story of Seán Connolly of Longford, who was fatally wounded during the War of Independence; eye-witness accounts by two reporters from the Irish Independent of the historic Treaty debates of Dáil Éireann; an account of life at the grassroots during the Irish War of Independence and the Civil War by a member of the Irish Volunteers; and an eyewitness account of events in Ireland during the revolutionary period from the viewpoint of the Irish Republican Brotherhood at the dawn of Irish independence. RRP €60 £50 (€15 £11 individually)


Frank Ryan Jacket Image

Frank Ryan (Life and Times New Series)
by Fearghal McGarry

9781906359362 (pb)
One of the most famous revolutionaries in Irish history, Frank Ryan fought in the War of Independence and Irish Civil War, before becoming a leader of the inter-war Irish Republican Army. Embracing socialist republicanism in the 1930s, Ryan became a founding member of the short-lived but influential Republican Congress, and led the Irish contingent within the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War. Following his capture by Franco's forces, his release was secured by the efforts of German military intelligence which sought to use him to further its wartime alliance with the IRA. He spent the final years of his life as an advisor to the Nazi regime. This study provides a concise reinterpretation of Ryan’s controversial life and legacy based on primary sources, including much previously unpublished material. Setting Ryan’s career within the wider context of the violent politics of inter-war Europe, it examines his remarkable ideological journey from socialist republicanism to Nazi collaboration. It concludes by examining why – despite his lack of political success – Ryan became such a widely admired figure in modern Irish politics. RRP €17 £14

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Damien Lynam

Editorial Assistant

UCD Press
UCD Humanities Institute
Room H103
Dublin 4

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Governor's House,



Co. Louth, Ireland,


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