1972- ; historian and author of works on local politics in Ireland incl. Famine, Temperance and Local Government; also a synoptic work; also, with Colm Tóibín, The Irish Famine (2001), and a synoptic work, The Transformation of Ireland, 1900-2000 (2004); his newspaper column has been reprinted as What If? (206).
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Mothers, Maidens and Myths: A History of the Irish Countrywomen's Association ([Dublin: FÁS] 1995), vii, 63pp, ill.; Cuimhnigh ar Luimneach: A History of Limerick County Council 1898-1998 (Limerick County Council 1998), 232pp., ill., ports.; A Nation of Extremes: Pioneers in Twentieth-century Ireland (Dublin: IAP 1999; rep. 2008), 284pp.; Lovers of liberty?: Local Government in 20th-century Ireland (Dublin:
National Archives of Ireland 2001), 215pp., ill., ports., facsims.; with Colm Tóibin, The Irish Famine: A Documentary (London: Profile 2001, 2003), 214pp.; The Transformation of Ireland, 1900-2000 (London: Profile 2004), xi, 884pp.; What If? (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan 2006), xvi, 288pp., ill. [16pp. pls.; ports]; Judging Dev (Dublin: RIA 2007), 396pp., ill.
Also Ambiguous Republic: Ireland in the 1970s (Profile) - noticed by Colm Toíbín in The Irish Times (4 Jan. 2014), Weekend sect., "Paperback of the Week" (p.13): "scrupulous ... masterclass in historical writing ... invauable, fascinating book."
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C. D. C. Armstrong, Looking through green-tinted spectacles, in The Spectator (30 Oct. 2004), pp.53-54 [written from a N. Ireland standpoint and noting slipshod errors.]
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