Select Annual Listing of Books on Irish Literature & Its Contexts: 2008

Original Literary Works
Poetry Collections
Fiction (Novels & short stories)
Drama (plays & collections)
Autobiography & Memoir
Biography (literary & historical)
Miscellaneous Writings
Scholarly Editions & Reprints
Anthologies, Interviews & Almanacs
Criticism & Commentary
Literary & Cultural Commentary
Commentary: Individual Authors
Commentary: Theatre Studies

Language & Folklore Studies
Religion & Philosophy
Media & Entertainment
Arts & Architecture
History, Politics, & Society
Historical Studies: General
Historical Studies: Early & Medieval
Historical Studies: 18th & 19th c.
Historical Studies: 20th Century
Historical Studies: Military Hist.
Historical Studies: Ecclesiastical
Natural History & Topography
Politics, Economics & Society
Northern Ireland/Ulster
Women’s Studies
Reference Works & Digital Publications
Reference & Bibliography
Digital Publications
Journals & Special Issues
    Poetry Collections
  • Paddy Bushe, To Ring in Silence: New and Selected Poems (Dublin: Dedalus Press 2008), xvii, 217pp.
  • Ciaran Carson, For All We Know (Oldcastle: Gallery Press 2008), 113pp.
  • Ciaran Carson, Collected Poems (Oldcastle: Gallery Press 2008), 592pp.
  • Harry Clifton, Secular Eden: Paris Notebooks 1994-2004 (Wake Forest UP 2008), 217pp.
  • Gerald Dawe, Points West (Oldcastle: Gallery Press), 56pp.
  • Patrick Deeley, The Bones of Creation (Dublin: Dedalus Press 2008), 105pp.
  • Theo Dorgan, What This Earth Costs Us (Dublin: Dedalus Press 2008), 168pp.
  • Gabriel Fitzmaurice, The Essential Gabriel Fitzmaurice (Cork: Mercier Press 2008), 128pp., ill. [Brenda Fitzmaurice];
  • Vona Groarke, trans. Lament for Art O’Leary [of Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill] (Oldcastle: Gallery Press 2008), 39pp.
  • Maurice Harmon, The Mischievous Boy and Other Poems (Moher: Salmon Press 2008), 80pp.
  • Kevin Higgins, Time Gentlemen, Please (Moher: Salmon Poetry 2008), q.pp.
  • Seàn Lysaght, Venetian Epigrams (Oldcastle: Gallery Press 2008), 80pp.
  • Pearse Hutchinson, At Least for a While (Oldcastle: Gallery Press 2008), 69pp.
  • John Jordan, Selected Poems, ed. Hugh McFadden (Dublin: Dedalus Press 2008), 138pp.
  • Paula Meehan, Music for Dogs: Work for Radio (Dublin: Dedalus Press 2008), 100pp. [3 peices for RTÉ Radio 1]
  • Mary Montague, Tribe (Dublin: Dedalus Press 2008), 101pp.
  • Medbh McGuckian, My Love has Fared Inland (Oldcastle: Gallery Press 2008), 88pp.
  • Frank McGuinness, Dulse (Oldcastle: Gallery Press 2008), 70pp.
  • Derek Mahon, Homage to Gaia (Oldcastle: Gallery Press 2008), 40pp., ill. [drawings by Hammond Journeaux].
  • Derek Mahon, Life on Earth (Oldcastle: Gallery Press 2008), 64pp. [incorporates “Homage to Gaia”]
  • Paul Muldoon, When the Pie was Opened [The Cahiers Ser.] (Sylph Editions 2008), 44pp.
  • Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Selected Poems (Oldcastle: Gallery Press 2008), 120pp.
  • Greagóir Ó Duill, New Room Windows (Tralee: Doghouse Books 2008), 69pp.
  • Peter van der Kamp, In the Train (Moher: Salmon Poetry 2008), 64pp.
  • Kevin Power, Bad Day in Blackrock (Dublin: Lilliput Press 2008), 235pp.
  • Mark Roper, Even So: New & Selected Poems, introduced by Carol Rumens (Dubin: Dedalus Press 2008), 170pp.
  • Maurice Scully, Doing the Same in English: A Sampler of Work 1987-2008 (Dublin: Dedalus Press 2008), 202pp.
  • Peter van de Kamp, In Train (Moher: Salmon Poetry 2008), 68pp.
  • Eamon Wall, A Tour of Your Country (Oldcastle: Gallery Press 2008), 64pp.

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    Fiction (novels & short story collections)
  • Cecelia Ahern, Thanks for the Memories (London: HarperCollins 2008), 377pp.
  • Cecelia Ahern, The Gift (London: HarperCollins 2008), 317pp.
  • Chris Binchy, Open-handed (Penguin Ireland 2008), 272pp.
  • Benjamin Black [pseud. of John Banville], The Lemur (London: Picador 2008), 200pp.
  • Ken Bruen, The Dramatist (Dingle: Brandon Press 2008), 237pp.
  • Ken Bruen, American Skin (Dingle: Brandon Press 2008), 288pp.
  • John Connolly, The Reapers (London: Hodder & Stoughton 2008), 544pp.
  • Peter Cunningham, The Sea and the Silence (Dublin: New Island Press 2008), 250pp.
  • Denyse Devlin, If Not Now (Penguin Ireland 2008), 448pp.
  • Anne Dunlop, Enchanting Alice (Dublin: Poolbeg Press 2008), q.pp.
  • Tana French, The Likeness (Hachette 2008), 560pp.
  • Michael Harding, Bird in the Snow (Dublin: Lilliput Press 2008), 220pp.
  • Jack Harte, Reflections in a Tar-Barrel (Scotus Press 2008), 240pp.
  • Hugo Hamilton, Disguise (London: Fourth Estate 2008), 269pp.
  • Declan Hughes, The Colour of Blood (London: John Murray 2008), 368pp.
  • Alison Jameson, Under My Skin (Penguin 2008), 315pp.
  • Denis Kehoe, Nights Beneath the Nation (Serpent’s Tail 2008), 253pp.
  • Tom MacIntyre, Find the Lady (Dublin: New Island 2008), 171pp.
  • Martin Malone, The Silence of the Glasshouse (Dublin: New Island 2008), q.pp.
  • John Montague, A Ball of Fire: Collected Stories (Dublin: Liberties Press 2008), 288pp.
  • Sinead Moriarty, Whose Life is it Anyway? (Penguin Ireland 2008), 368pp.
  • Eilis Ni Dhuibhne, Dun an Airgid (BAC: Cois Life 2008), 272pp. Sheila O’Flanagan, Someone Special (London: Review 2008), 446pp.
  • Ross O’Carroll-Kelly, Mr. S and the Secrets of Andorra’s Box (Penguin 2008), 350pp.
  • Kevin Power, Bad Day at Blackrock (Dublin: Lilliput Press 2008), 288pp.
  • James Ryan, South of the Border (Dublin: Lilliput Press 2008), 240pp.
  • Ron Smith, Lord of the Rams: The Greatest Story Ever Told (Trafford 2008), 222pp.
  • Gerry Stembridge, Counting Down (London: Penguin [Ireland] 1008), 256pp
  • Alice Taylor, The Parish (Dingle: Brandon Press 2008), 221pp.
  • Kate Thompson, Love Lies Bleeding (New Island Press 2008), 302pp.
    New Island “Open Door” Series
  • Chris Binchy, Lighthouse [Open Door Ser.] (Dublin: New Island Press 2008), [q.pp.].
  • John Boyne, The Second Child [Open Door Ser.] (Dublin: New Island Press 2008), 61pp.
  • Mary Stanley, An Angel at My Back [Open Door Ser.] (Dublin: New Island Press 2008), [q.pp.]
  • Peter Sheridan, Bullet and the Ark [Open Door Ser.] (Dublin: New Island Press 2008), 78pp.
  • Sheila O’Flanagan, Three’s a Crowd (Dublin: New Island Press 2008), 72pp.
  • Kate Thompson, Star Gazing [Open Door Ser.] (Dublin: New Island Press 2008), 80pp.

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    Drama (plays & collections)
  • John Banville, Conversations in a Mountains (Oldcastle: Gallery Press 2008), 64pp., ill. [by Donald Teskey].
  • Patricia Burke Brogan, Eclipsed ([Dublin: Wordsonthestreet 2008), q.pp.[on single mothers in Magdalene laundries].
  • Marina Carr, The Cordelia Dream (Oldcastle: Gallery Press 2008), 72pp.
  • Brian Friel, Three Sisters [after Chekhov] (Oldcastle: Gallery Press 2008), 120pp. [rev. edn.]
  • Brian Friel, Hedda Gabler (Oldcastle: Gallery Press 2008), 104pp.
  • Tom Kilroy, Pirandellos (Oldcastle: Gallery Press 2008), 134pp.
  • Paula Meehan, Music for Dogs (Dublin: Dedalus Press 2008), 103pp. [radio plays].
  • Tom Murphy, The Informer, adapted from the novel of Liam O’Flaherty (Carysfort Press 2008), 89pp.
  • Stewart Parker, Dramatis Personae & Other Writings, ed. Gerald Dawe, Maria Johnston, Clare Wallace ( Prague: Litteraria Pragensia 2008), 120pp.;
  • George Shiels, Selected Plays, intro. by Christopher Murray (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe 2007), 476pp. [“Professor Tim”, “The New Gossoon”, “The Passing Day”, “The Rugged Path, “The Summit”].
  • Mark O’Rowe, Terminus (London: Nick Hern Books 2008), 62pp.
  • Sydney Bernard Smith, How to Roast a Strasbourg Goose [1985] (Dundalk: Little Red Hen 2008), 98pp.

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    Drama anthologies
  • Jim Culleton, ed., Fishamble Firsts: An Anthology of New Plays by New Playwrights (Dublin: New Island Press 2008), 607pp. [contents].
  • Patrick Lonergan, ed. & intro., The Methuen Drama Anthology of Irish Drama (London: Methuen 2008) [plays of Brendan Behan, Christina Reid, Sebastian Barry, Tom Murphy, Martin McDonagh].

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    Autobiography & Memoir
  • Leland Bardwell, A Restless Life (Dublin: Liberties 2008), 288pp., ill. [+16pp. photos];
  • Ivor Browne, Music and Madness (Cork: Atrium 2008), xii, 364pp., ill. [8pp. of pls.].
  • Tim Pat Coogan, Memoir (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2008), q.pp.
  • John Devane, Nobody Heard Me Cry (Hachette 2008), q.pp.
  • Frank Gallagher, Days of Fear: Dairy of a 1920s Hunger Striker (Cork: Mercier Press 2008), 160pp.
  • Joseph Hone, Wicked Little Joe (Dublin: Lilliput Press 2008), 288pp.
  • Anthony Jordan, The Good Samaritans: Memoir of a Biographer (Westport Books 2008), 250pp. , ill. [16pp. col. photos].
  • William King, Leaving Ardglass (Dublin: Lilliput Press 2008), 288pp.
  • Margaret MacCurtain [Sr. Benvenuta], Ariadne’s Thread: Writing Women into Irish History (Dublin: Arlen House 2008), 400pp.
  • Constance McCullough, Funny Peculiar (Dingle: Brandon 2008), 224pp. [abuse narrative]
  • Oliver MacDonagh, Looking Back, Living and Writing History, ed. Tom Dunne, with a preface by Roy Foster (Dublin: Lilliput Press 2008), 256pp.
  • R. B. McDowell, McDowell on McDowell: A Memoir (Dublin: Lilliput Press 2008), 192pp.
  • Patsy McGarry, First Citizen: Mary McAleese and the Irish Presidency (Dublin: O’Brien Press 2008), 320pp.
  • Barbara Naughton, Daddy, Please Don’t (Merlin 2008), 315pp.
  • Padraig O’Keeffe, with Ralph Riegel, Hidden Soldier: An Irish Legionnaire’s Wars from Bosnia to Iraq (Dublin: O’Brien Press 2008), 377pp.

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    Biography (Literary & Historical)
  • Jim Corbett, Not While I have Ammo: A History of Connie Mackey (Stroud: Nonsuch 2008), 144pp.
  • Peter Costello, Denis Guiney (UCD Press 2008), 128pp., ill. [+8pp. photos].
  • Tom Feeney, Sean MacEntee: A Political Life (Dublin: IAP 2008), 272pp.
  • Diarmaid Ferriter, Judging Dev: A Reassessment of the Legacy of Eamon de Valera (RIA 2008), 408pp.
  • Brian Fleming, The Vatican Pimpernel: The Wartime Exploits of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty (Cork: Collins Press 2008), 121pp.
  • Richard S. Harrison, The Richardsons of Bessbrook : Ulster Quakers in the linen industry (1845-1921) (Dublin: Original Writing 2008), viii, 235pp., ill. [maps, ports., facs].
  • Dáire Keogh, Edmund Rice and the Christian Brothers (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 320pp.
  • Elisabeth Kehoe, Ireland’s Misfortune: The Turbulent Life of Kitty O’Shea (Atlantic Books 2008), 606pp., ill. [12 photos.]
  • Ronan Kelly, Bard of Erin: The Life of Thomas Moore (Dublin: Penguin Ireland 2008), 632pp.
  • A. P. W. Malcolmson, Virtues of a Wicked Earl: The Life and Legend of William Sydney Clements, 3rd Earl of Leitrim, 1806-78 (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008),512pp.
  • Charlie McGuire, Roddy Connolly and the Struggle for Socialism in Ireland (Cork UP 2008), 328pp. [1916 volunteer and fndr. Irish Communist Party].
  • Dermot Meleady, Redmond: The Parnellite (Cork UP 2008), 432pp.
  • John Moone, Gangster: The Biography of John Gilligan [rev. edn.] (Maverick 2008), 271pp.;
  • Rose Murphy, Ella Young: Irish Mystic and Rebel (Dublin: Liffey Press 2008), 170pp.
  • Aengus Nolan, Joseph Walshe: Irish Foreign Policy 1922-1946 (Cork: Mercier Press 2008), 382pp.
  • Fr. Ciaran O’Carroll, Paul Cardinal Cullen: Profile of a Practical Nationalist (Dublin: Veritas 2008), 352pp.
  • Hubert O’Connor, The Emperor and the Irishman: Napoleon and Dr Barry O’Meara on St Helena (Dublin: A. & A. Farmar 2008), 256pp.
  • Séamus Ó Síocháin, Roger Casement: Imperialist, Rebel, Revolutionary (Dublin: Lilliput Press 2008), 680pp.
  • Micheál Ó Siochrú, Confederate Ireland, 1642-1649: A Constitutional and Political Analysis [rev. edn.; foreword by John Morrell] (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 280pp.
  • Senia Pasêta, Thomas Kettle (UCD Press 2008), 128pp.
  • Paul A. Pickering, Feargus O’Connor: A Political Life (Wales: Merlin Press 2008), 180pp.
  • Andrew Sneddon, Witchcraft and Whigs: The Life of Bishop Francis Hutchinson, 1600-1739 (Manchester UP 2008), 231pp.
  • James Quinn, John Mitchel (UCD Press 2008), 128pp.
  • Jasper Ungoed-Thomas, Jasper Wolfe of Skibbereen (Cork: Collins Pres 2008), 300pp.

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    Miscellaneous Writings
  • Gerald Dawe, ed., Catching the Light: Views and Interviews (Moher: Salmon Press 2008), 184pp.
  • John F. Deane, From the Marrowbone (Dublin: Columba Press 2008), 256pp. [essays & poems].
  • Stephen Dunford, The Táin Bó Flibhais: The Mayo Táin (Killala: Fadó Books 2008), 80pp.
  • Tom Dunne, et al., ed., The National University of Ireland: Centenary Essays (UCD Press 2008), 320pp.
  • Wifrid Ewart, A Journey in Ireland 1921 [rep. of 1922 edn.] (UCD Press 2008), 208pp.
  • Alvin Jackson & David N. Livingstone, eds., Queen’s Thinkers: Essays on the Intelelctual Heritage of a University (Belfast: Blackstaff Press 2008), 218pp. [see contents].
  • R. B. McDowell, McDowell on McDowell: A Memoir (Dublin: Lilliput Press 2008), 192pp.
  • John Montague, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill & Paul Durcan, The Poet’s Chair: The First Nine Years of the Ireland Chair of Poetry, with a preface by Seamus Heaney; afterword by Sir Donal Deeney (Dublin: Lilliput Press 2008), 280pp. [see contents].
  • Glenn Patterson, Once Upon a Hill: Love in Troubled Times (London: Bloomsbury 2008), 247pp.
  • Andrea Mayr, The Aran Islands and Anglo-Irish Literature: a Literary History and Selected Studies, with a preface by Otto Rauchbauer [European Studies, Ser. XIV, Anglo-Saxon Lang. & Lit., Vol./Bd.442] (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang 2008), 225pp..
    Yseult Thornley, ed., Unquiet Spirit: Essays in Memory of David Thornley (Dublin: Liberties Press 2008), 288pp.

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    Scholarly Editions & Literary Reprints
  • Dardis Clarke, ed., Austin Clarke: Collected Poems, introduction by Christopher Ricks (Manchester: Carcanet Press 2008), xxix, 573pp.
  • Bernadette Cunningham & Siobhan Fitzpatrick, Treasures of the Royal Irish Academy Library (RIA 2008), 288pp.
  • John Devoy, Michael Davitt: From the “Gaelic American”, Carla King & W. J. McCormack, eds. (UCD Press 3008), 73pp.
  • Jack Lane & Brendan Clifford, eds., Elizabeth Bowen: “Notes on Eire” (Belfast: Aubane Hist. Soc. 2008), 266pp. [The Notes occupy 30pp.]
  • Madeleine Kingston, ed., Stimulus of Sin: Selected Writings of John Broderick (Dublin: Lilliput Press 2007), 288pp.
  • Cormack K. H. O’Malley & Anne Dolan, eds., “No Surrender Here!”: The Civil War Papers of Ernie O’Malley 1922-1924 (Dublin: Lilliput Press 2008), 728pp., ill. [8pp. of photos.]
  • Nollaig Ó Muraíle, ed., Turas an dTaoiseach nUltach as Éirinn: from Ráth Maoláin to Rome (Pontifical Irish Coll.; distrib. Four Courts 2008), 690pp.
  • John Scattergood, intro., Medieval Latin Lyrics, sel. & trans. Helen Waddell [facs. of 1948 edn] (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 384pp.
  • Cathy Winch, trans., The Rescue of the Princess Clementina (Stuart): A 1719 Adventure of the Irish Brigades (Belfast Hist. & Educ. Soc. 2008), 198pp. [French with English trans. on facing pages].

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    Anthologies, Interviews & Almanacs
  • [Q.ed.,] Census: a Seven Towers Anthology (Seven Towers 2008), q.pp.
  • Joe Ambrose, ed., The Fenian Anthology (Cork: Mercier Press 2008), 350pp.
  • Andrew Carpenter, ed., Thornfield: An Anthology of Poems by the Thornfield Poets (Moher: Salmon Poetry 2008), 140pp. [viz., Thornfield Building, UCD].
  • Paul Durcan, John Montague & Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, The Poet’s Chair: The First Nine Years of the Ireland Chair of Poetry (Dublin: Lilliput Press 2008), 280pp.
  • Frank Ferguson, ed., Ulster-Scots Writing: An Anthology (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 540pp.
  • Anne le Marquand Hartigan, To Keep the Light Burning: Reflections in Times of Loss (Moher: Salmon 2008), 97pp.
  • Jessie Lendennie, ed., Salmon: A Journey in Poetry 1981-2007 (Moher: Salmon Poetry 2008), 487pp.
  • John McDonagh, A Fine Statement: An Irish Poets’ Anthology (Dublin: Poolbeg Press 2008), 335pp.
  • James McElroy, ed., Ireland: A Traveler’s Literary Companion (Berkeley Whereabouts Press 1008), 239pp. [15 stories incl. some by Joyce, Synge, Kavanagh, Hugo Hamiliton, Elizabeth Cullinan and Gerry Adams].
  • Paul Perry & Nuala Ní Chonchúir, eds., Best of Irish Poetry 2008 / Scoth na nÉigse (Southword 2008), 118pp.
  • John Jackson Wyse, ed., Ireland’s Other Poetry: Anonymous to Zozimus (Dublin: Lilliput Press 2008), 480pp.
  • Julia M. Wright, ed., Irish Literature, 1750-1900: An Anthology (Oxford: Blackwell 2008), xli, 586pp. [incls. Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Maria Edgeworth, Thomas Moore, Mangan, Ferguson, Lady Jane Wilde, Oscar Wilde; Banims, Julia & Peter Kavanagh, Paddy’s Resource, women writers, Ulster writers and emigrants to US, &c.; see also her Companion to Irish Literature (Blackwell 2010) - infra.]
    Irish Manuscript Commission
  • Elizabethanne Boran, The Correspondence of James Ussher, Archbishop of Armagh 1600-1656 (Dublin: Irish MS Commission 2008), 1,350pp.,
  • Margaret Clayton, ed., Council Books of Munster [1620-24] (Dublin: Irish MS Commission 2008), 550pp.
  • K. T. Hoppen, ed., Papers of the Dublin Philosophical Society, 1683-1709 (Irish MS Commission 2008), 650pp.

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    Literary & Cultural Commentary
  • Patricia Coughlan & Tina O’Toole, eds., Irish Literature: Feminist Perspectives [IASIL Conf. 2004, Galway] (Dublin: Carysfort Press 2008), 312pp. [essays on Sarah Butler, Rhoda Coghill, Anne Enright, Mary Davenport, Sarah Grand, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, Sheila Wingfield, et al.].
  • Richard C. Allen & Stephen Regan, eds., Irelands of the Mind: Memory and Identity in Modern Irish Culture (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2008), viii, 240pp.
  • Malcolm Ballin, Irish Periodical Culture, 1937-1972, forward by Claire Connolly [New Directions in Irish & Irish American Culture Ser., gen. ed. Claire Culleton] (NY: Palgrave Macmillan 2008), xii, 276pp.
  • Danine Farquharson & Sean Farrell, eds., Shadows of the Gunmen: Violence and Culture in Modern Ireland (Cork UP 2008), 192pp. [contribs. incl. Bernice Schrank, Elmer Kennedy-Andrews, Keith Hopper, Brian McIlroy, Richard Kearney, Timothy G. McMahon, et al.]
  • Patrick Fitzgerald & and Brian Lambkin, Migration in Irish History, 1600-2000 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2008), xx, 403pp., ill. [24pp.]
  • Elmer Kennedy-Andrews, Writing Home: Poetry and Place in Northern Ireland, 1968-2008 (Woodbridge: D. S. Brewer 2008), xii, 306pp. [see contents].
  • John Wilson Foster, Irish Novels 1890-1940: New Bearings in Culture and Fiction (Oxford: OUP 2008), 519pp. [see contents].
  • Aaron Kelly, Twentieth-century Irish literature [Readers’ Guides to Essential Criticism Ser.] Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2008), xi, 200pp. [see contents].
    Heinz Kosok, Explorations of Irish Literature (Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier 2008)., 276pp. [on Swift, Mitchel, T. C. Croker, Yeats, Hugh Leonard, Jennifer Johnston, et al.] .
  • José Lanters, The “Tinkers” in Irish Literature: Unsettled Subjects and the Construction of Difference (Dublin: IAP 200), 248pp.
  • Timothy G. McMahon, Grand Opportunity: The Gaelic Revival and Irish Society, 1893-1910 (Syracuse UP 2008), 342pp. [see contents].
  • Mary McGlynn, Narratives of Class in New Irish and Scottish Literature: From Joyce to Kelman, Galloway, and McNamee [New Directions in Irish & Irish-American Literature Ser.] (NY: Macmillan Palgrave 2008), q.pp.
  • Eileen Ní Chuilleanáin & Cormac Ó Cuilleanáin & David Parris, Translation and Censorship: Arts of Interference (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 256pp.
  • Eve Patten & Richard Pine, eds., Literatures of War, introduced by Anthony Stevens (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publications 2008), xii, 466pp.
  • Deirdre Quinn & Sharon Tighe-Mooney, eds., Essays In Irish Literary Criticism: Themes of Gender, Sexuality, and Corporeality (Edwin Mellen Press 2008), 284pp. [see contents].
  • Justin Quinn, ed., Irish Poetry After Feminism [Princess Grace Irish Lectures, 10] (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe 2008), 107pp.[ltd. 250; see contents].
  • Fintan Vallely, Tuned Out: Traditional Music and Identity in Northern Ireland (Cork UP 2008), 210pp.
  • William H. A. Williams, Tourism, Landscape, and the Irish Character: British Travel Writers in pre-Famine Ireland [History of Ireland and the Irish Diaspora Ser.] (Wisconsin UP 2008), xi + 267pp.

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    Commentary: Individual Authors
  • Gordon Brand, ed., William Carleton: The Authentic Voice [Irish Literary Studies, 53] (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe 2006), 205pp. [ills. by Sam Craig].
  • Paul Delaney, ed., Reading Colm Tóibín (Dublin: Liffey Press 2008), 223pp. [contribs. incl. Gerry Dawe, Anne Fogarty, Oona Frawley, Roy Foster, Liam Harte, John McCourt, Stephen Matterson, Eve Patten, Eibhear Walsh, and interview with Fintan O’Toole].
  • Terence Dewsnap, Island of Daemons: The Lough Derg Pilgrimage and the poets Patrick Kavanagh, Denis Devlin, and Seamus Heaney (Delaware UP 2008), 221pp., ill.
  • Jefferson Holdridge, The Poetry of Paul Muldoon (Liffey Press 2008), 232pp.
  • Kevin Kiely, Francis Stuart: Artist and Outcast (Dublin: Liffey 2008), 376pp.
  • John Kenny, John Banville [Irish Writers in Their Time] (Dublin: IAP 2008), 256pp.
  • Conor McCarthy, Seamus Heaney and Medieval Poetry (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer 2008), viii, 195pp. [treats of Sweeney Astray, Station Island, Beowulf, and The Testament of Cresseid].
  • John McLeod, J. G. Farrell (Northcote House 2008), 127pp.
  • Stan Smith, ed., Patrick Kavanagh [Visions & Revisions Ser.] (Dublin: IAP 2008), 208pp.
  • Carol Taaffe, Ireland Through the Looking Glass: Flann O’Brien, Myles na gGopaleen, and Irish Culture Debate (Cork UP 2008), 300pp.
  • Eibhear Walshe, ed., Elizabeth Bowen [Visions & Revisions Ser.] (Dublin: IAP 2008), xxiii, 216pp.
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    James Joyce
  • Edward M. Burns, ed., A Passion for Joyce: The Letters of Hugh Kenner and Adaline Glasheen (UCD Press 2008), 461pp.
  • Leonard Orr, ed., Joyce, Imperialism and Postcolonialism (Syracuse UP 2008), 184pp.
  • Christine O’Neill, ed., Joycean Murmoirs: Fritz Senn on James Joyce (Dublin: Lilliput Press 2008), 342pp.
  • David Pierce, Joyce and Company (London: Continuum 2009), 192pp.
  • Sheldon [as Shelly] Brivic, Joyce Through Lacan and Zizek: Explorations [New Directions in Irish & Irish-American Literature] (NY: Palgrave Macmillan 2008), q.pp.
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    Samuel Beckett
  • Russell Smith, ed., Beckett and Ethics (London: Continuum 2008), 192pp.
  • Brigitte le Jeuz, Beckett before Beckett (London: Souvenir Press 2008), 91pp. [prev. as Beckett avant la lettre (2007)].

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    Thomas Kinsella
  • Andrew Fitzsimons, The Sea of Disappointment: Thomas Kinsella’s Pursuit of the Real (UCD Press 2008), 288pp. [TCD diss. 2005]
  • Maurice Harmon, Thomas Kinsella: Designing for the Exact Needs (Dublin: IAP 2008), 292pp..

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    Oscar Wilde
  • Florina Tefescu, Oscar Wilde’s Plagiarism: The Triumph of Art over Ego (Dublin: IAP 2008), 206pp.
  • Thomas Wright, A Wilde Read: Oscar’s Books (London: Chatto & Windus 2008), 370pp.

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    Commentary: Theatre Studies
  • Jim Culleton, ed., The Best of Fishamble (Dublin: New Island Press 2008), 600pp. [plays of Jim O’Hanion, Rosalind Haslett Gary Duggan, et al.]
  • John Devitt, Nicholas Grene & Chris Morash, Shifting Scenes: Irish Theatre-Going, 1955-1985 (Dublin: Carysfort Press 2008), 108pp. [incorp. theatrical diary of John Devitt];
  • Nicholas Grene & Patrick Lonergan, Interactions: Dublin Theatre Festival 1957-2007 [Irish Theatrical Diaspora Ser.] (Dublin: Carysfort Press 2008), 402pp. [see contents].
  • Declan Hassett, Make ‘em Laugh: Golden Years of Theatre (Cork: Collins Press 2008), 220pp.
  • Eugene McNulty, The Ulster Literary Theatre and the Northern Revival (Cork UP 2008), 192pp.
  • Paul Murphy, Hegemony and Fantasy in Irish Drama, 1899-1949 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), ix, 266pp. [see contents] .
  • Mairéad Ni Chinnéide, An Damer: Stair Amharclainne (Dublin: Gael Linn 2008), q.pp. [history of mod. Irish theatre in Irish].
    Desmond Slowey, The Radicalization of Irish Theatre, 1600-1900: The Rise and Fall of the Ascendancy Theatre (Dublin: IAP 2008), xx, 268pp.
  • Bernadette Sweeney, Performing the Body in Irish Theatre (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2008), 256pp., ill. [formerly as “Wooden, wounded, defaced: performing the body in Irish theatre 1983-1993” [Ph.D. thesis] (TCD 2002)]

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    Language & Folklore Studies
  • Mícheál Briody, The Irish Folklore Commission 1935-1970: History, Ideology, Methodology (Dinish Lit. Soc. 2008), 535pp.
  • Bob Curran, Irish Folktales of the Other World (Dublin: Poolbeg Press 2008), q.pp. [anthol.]
  • Charles Dillon & Ríona Ní Fhrighil, eds., Aistríu Éireann, foreword by Michael Cronin [Belfast Studies in Language, Culture & Politics] (Belfast: Cló Ollscoil na Banríona/QUB 2008), xii, 145pp. [discusses papers on An tOileánach, Cúirt an Mheonoíche, “Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire”, Reliques of Irish Poetry and Ulysses].
  • Aisling Ní Dhonnchadha & Máirín Nic Eoin, eds., Ar an gCoigríoch: Díolaim Litríochta ar scéal na himirce (Cló Iar-Chonnachta 2008), 454pp. [emigration in Irish] ;
  • Mícheál Brian Ó Briody, The Irish Folklore Commission 1935-1970: History, Ideology, Methodology (Finnish Literature Soc. 2008), 535pp.
  • Brian Ó Concubhair, ed., Why Irish? Irish Language and Literature in Academia (Arlen House 2008), 233pp.
  • Caoilfhionn Nic Pháidín & Seán Ó Cearnaigh, eds., A New View of the Irish Language (Dublin: Cois Life 2008), 286pp. [contribs. incl. Brian O Conchubhair, Iarfhlaith Watson, et al.]

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    Religion & Philosophy
  • Tony Flannery, Fragments of Reality (Dublin: Columba Press 2008), 136pp.
  • John Littleton & Eamon Maher, eds., Contemporary Catholicism in Ireland: A Critical Appraisal (Dublin: Columba Press 2008), 279pp.
  • T. P. O’Mahony, Has God Logged Off? (Dublin: Columba Press 2008), 160pp.
  • [Glenstal monks,] The Second Glenstal Book of Prayer (Dublin: Columba Press 2008), 224pp.

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    Media & Entertainment
  • Dermot James, From the Margins to the Centre: A History of “The Irish Times” (Woodfield Press 2008), 319pp.
  • Denis Condon, Early Irish Cinema 1895-1921 (Dublin: IAP 2008), 304pp.
  • Ian Kenneally, The Paper Wall: Newspapers and Propaganda in Ireland 1919-1921 (Cork: Collins Press 2008), 270pp. [deals with Freeman’s Journal, Irish Independent, Cork Examiner, Irish Times, and The Times].
  • Michael Lynch & Damian Smyth, The Beatles and Ireland (Cork: Collins Press 2008), 240pp.
  • Conor O’Clery, May You Live in Interesting Times (Dublin: Poolbeg Press 2008), q.pp. [Irish Times correspondent/editor].
  • Helen O’Shea, The Making of Irish Traditional Music (Cork UP 2008), xii, 224pp.
  • Carole Zucker, The Cinema of Neil Jordan: Dark Carnival (London: Wallflower Press 2008), 204pp.

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    Arts & Architecture
  • Hugh Dixon, An Introduction to Ulster Architecture (Ulster Arch. Heritage Soc. 2008), 224pp.
  • Aidan Dunne, Patrick Scott (Dublin: Liberties Press 2008), 256pp.
  • Paul Larmour & Shane O’Toole, eds., North by Northwest: The Life and Work of Liam McCormack (Dublin: Gandon Edns. 2008), 303pp.
  • Peter Lunn & Elish Kelly, In the Frame or Out of the Picture?: Statistical Analysis of Public Involvement in the Arts (Nat. Econ. & Soc. Forum 2008), 103pp.
  • Michael McCarthy & Karin O’Neill, eds., Studies in the Gothic Revival [Studies in the HIstory of Arts, 4; Irish Arch. Archive Conference, 2005] (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 272pp., ill.
  • Peter Murray, ed., Romancing the Past: Daniel Maclise 1806-1870 (Crawford Gallery/Gandon Press 2008) 256pp.
  • Robert O’Byrne, The Irish Georgian Society -A Celebration (Dublin: Georgian Society / Associated Editions)
  • John Tuomey, Architecture, Craft and Culture (Dublin: Gandon Edn.s. 2008), 79pp.
  • Yvonne Scott, ed., Jack B. Yeats: Old and New Departures (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 144pp. [contribs. incl. Bruce Arnold, Nicholas Robinson, Hilary Pyle, et al.]
  • Harry White, Music and the Irish Literary Imagination (OUP 2008), 260pp. [treats of Moore, Yeats, Joyce, Beckett, Friel, and Heaney].

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    Historical Studies: General
  • Maura Asdhead, Peadar Kerby & Michelle Millar, eds., Contesting the State: Lessons from the Irish Case (Manchester UP 2008), xii, 225pp.
  • Malcolm Campbell, Ireland’s New Worlds: Immigrants, Politics and Society in the United States and Australia 1815-1922 (Wisconsin UP 2008), 264pp.
  • Sean Connolly, Divided Kingdom: Ireland 1630-1800 (Oxford: OUP 2008), 533pp. [sequel to Contested Times, 2007].
  • Declan Downey & Julia Crespo MacLennon, eds., Spanish-Irish Relations Through the Ages: New Historical Perspectives (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 320pp.
  • James Loughlan, The British Monarchy and Ireland: 1800 to the Present (Cambridge UP 2008), 414pp.
  • Miriam Moffitt, Soupers and Jumpers: The Protestant Missions in Connemara 1848-1937 (Dublin: Nonsuch Press 2008), 288pp., ill. [4pp. photos].
  • Catherine Nash, Of Irish Descent: Origin Stories, Genealogy, and the Politics of Belonging [Syracuse Irish studies ser.] (Syracuse UP 2008), xii, 252pp., ill. [24 cm.]
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    Four Courts Pamphlet Series
  • Jennifer Kelly, The Downfall of Hagan: Sligo Ribbonism in 1842 (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 64pp.
  • Bernadette Lally, Print Culture in Loughrea, 1850-1900 (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 64pp.
  • Patrick Vesey, The Murder of Major McMahon, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon, 1847 (Dublin: Fourt Courts Press 2008), 64pp.

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    Historical Studies: Early, Medieval & Renaissance
  • Peter Crooks, ed., Government, War and Society in Medieval Ireland (Dublin: Four Court Press 2008), 272pp.
  • Edmund Curtis, A. J. Otway-Ruthven & James Lydon, Government, War and Society in Medieval Ireland, ed. Peter Crooks (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 407pp. [21 essays by holders of Lecky chair, TCD].
  • Linda Doran & James Lyttleton, eds., Lordship in Medieval Ireland: Image and Reality (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 304pp.
  • Francis Edwards, SJ, The Enigma of the Gunpowder Plot: The Third Solution (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 512pp.
  • Steve Flanders, De Courcy: Anglo-Normans in Ireland, England and France in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 205pp.
  • Arlene Hogan, The Priory of Llanthony Prima and Secunda in Ireland 1172-1541: Lands, Patronage and Politics (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 432pp. [on De Lacy settlements]
  • Mary Ann Lyons, Strangers to Citizens: The Irish in Europe 1600-1800 (NLI 2008), 165pp. [accomp. NLI exhibition];
  • Paul MacCotter, Medieval Ireland: Territorial, Political and Economic Divisions (Dublin: Fourt Courts Press 2008), 288pp.
  • Daniel P. McCarthy, The Irish Annals: Their Genesis, Evolution and History (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 352pp. , ill. [col].
  • Peter Marshall, Mother Leakey and the Bishop: A Ghost Story (OUP 2008), 352pp. , ill.
  • Thomas O’Connor, Irish Jansenists, 1600-70: Religion and Politics in Flanders, France, Ireland and Rome (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 416pp
  • Igor Pérez Tostado, Irish Influence at the Court of Spain in the Seventeenth Century (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 213pp.
  • Kieran Waldron, The Archbishops of Tuam 1700-2000 (Tuam: Nordlaw Books 2008), 197pp.
  • Dan L. Wiley, Essay on Early Irish Kings Tales: Rígscéla Eirenn (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 240pp.
    Vikings
  • Clare Downham, Viking Kings of Britain and Ireland: The Dynasty of Ivar to A.D. 1014 (Dunedin Academic Press 2008), 330pp.
  • Mary A. Valente, The Vikings in Ireland: Settlement, Trade and Urbanization (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 224pp., ill.

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    Oliver Cromwell
  • Jonathan Fitzgibbon, Cromwell’s Head (National Archives UK 2008), 240pp.
  • Mícheál Ó Siochrú, God’s Executioner: Oliver Cromwell and the Conquest of Ireland (London: Faber & Faber 2008), 316pp.
  • Tom Reilly, Cromwell: An Honourable Enemy (Dingle: Brandon Press 2008), 320pp.

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    Historical Studies: 18th & 19th centuries
  • Toby Barnard, Improving Ireland? Projectors, Prophets and Profiteers, 1641-1786 (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 288pp., ill.
  • Myles Dungan, The Captain and the King: William O’Shea, Charles Stewart Parnell and Late Victorian Ireland (Dublin: New Island Press 2008), 500pp.
  • Jonathan Bell & Mervyn Watson, A History of Irish Farming 1750-1950 (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 344pp.
  • Maurice J. Bric, Ireland, Philadelphia and the Re-invention of America, 1760-1800 (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), xix, 363pp.
  • Liam Kennedy & Peter M. Solar, Irish Agriculture: A Price History from the mid-Eighteenth Century to the Eve of the First World War (RIA 2008), 216pp.
  • James M. Loughlin, The British Monarchy and Ireland: 1800 to the Present (Cambridge UP 1008), 414pp.
  • Gillian O’Brien & Finola O’Kane, eds., Georgian Dublin (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 203pp.
  • James Patterson, In the Wake of the Great Rebellion: Republicanism, Agrarianism, and Banditry in Ireland after 1798 (Manchester UP 2008), 208pp.
  • Pauline M. Prior, Madness and Murder: Gender, Crime and Mental Disorder in Nineteenth-century Ireland (Dublin: IAP 2008), 272pp.
  • Oliver Rafferty, ed., The Catholic Church and the Protestant State: Nineteenth-century Irish Realities (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 204pp.
  • Jennifer Kelly, The Downfall of Hagan: Sligo Ribbonism in 1842 (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 64pp.
  • Patrick Vesey, The Murder of Major McMahon, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon, 1847 (Dublin: Fourt Courts Press 2008), 64pp.

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    Historical Studies: 20th Century
  • Tom Doyle, The Civil War in Kerry: Defending the Republic (Cork: Mercier Press 2008), q.pp.
  • Jonathan Bell & Mervyn Watson, A History of Irish Farming 1750-1950 (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 344pp.
  • Bryan Fanning, The Quest for Modern Ireland: The Battle of Ideas 1912-1986 (Dublin: IAP 2008), viii, 278pp. [focus on five influential periodicals].
  • David Foxton, Revolutionary Lawyers: Sinn Féin and the Crown Courts in Ireland and Britain 1916-1923 (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 432pp.
  • David Hannigan, De Valera in America and the Rebel President’s 1919 Campaign (Dublin: O’Brien Press 2008), 317pp., ill.(+8pp. photos).
  • David Lynch, Radical Politicals in Modern Ireland: The History of the Irish Socialist Republican Party 1896-1904, foreword by Diarmaid Ferriter (Dublin: IAP 2008), 192pp. [pb.]
  • Martin Maguire, The Civil Sevrice and the Revolution in Ireland 1912-1923: ‘Shaking the Blood-stained Hand of Mr Collins’ (Manchester UP 2008), 269pp.
  • Kieran McCarthy & Seamus O’Donoghue, Generations: Memories of the Lee Hyrdo-Electric Scheme (Dublin: Lilliput Press 2008), 220pp.
  • Paul McMahon, British Spies and Irish Rebels: British Intelligence and Ireland, 1916-45 (London; Boydell & Brewer 2008), 516pp.
  • Thomas Mahon & John Maguire, IRA Internments and the Irish Government: Subversives and the State 1939-1962 (Dublin: IAP 2008), 288pp.
  • John A. Merchant, The Impact of Irish-Ireland on Young Poland, 1890-1918 (Columbia UP 2008), q.pp.
  • Ruan O’Donnell, The Impact of the 1916 Rising Among the Nations (Dublin: IAP 2008), 272pp. [contribs. inc. Peter Berresford Ellis, Róisín Ni Gairbhí, David Granville, Ian McKeane,Anne Matthews, Priscilla Metscher, Brian P. Murphy, John O’Callaghan, Sean Ó Catháin, Rory Sweetman, Matt Tracy & Bernadette Whelan.]
  • Kate O’Malley, Ireland, India and Empire: Indo-Irish Radical Relations, 1919-1964 (Manchester UP 2008), 222pp.
  • Terence O’Reilly, Hitler’s Irishmen (Cork: Mercier Press 2008), 320pp., ill. [+ 8pp. photos].
  • Noel Redican, Shadow of Doubt: The Story of a Republican “Gone Wrong” (Cork: Mercier Press 2008), [q.pp.]
  • Pat Walsh, The Curious Case of the Mayo Librarian (Cork: Mercier Press 2008), 256pp.
  • Jérôme aan de Wiel, The Irish Factor 1899-1919: Ireland’s Strategic and Diplomatic Importance for Foreign Powers (Dublin: IAP 2008), 448pp.

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    Historical Studies: Military History
  • Charles Browne, The Story of the 7th: A Concise istory of the 7th Battalion, Cork No. 1 Brigade, Irish Republican Army, 1915-1921 (Schull Books 2008)., 206pp.
  • Donal Buckley, The Battle of Tourmakeady: A Study of the IRA Ambush and its Aftermath (Stroud: Nonsuch 2008), 144pp.
  • John Childs, The Williamite War in Ireland 1688-1691 (London: Continuum 2008), 462pp.
  • Mary E. Daly & Margaret Callaghan, eds., 1916 to 1966: Commemorating the Easter Rising (RIA 2008), 362pp.
  • Fergus A. D‘Arcy, Remembering the War Dead: British Commonwealth and International WAr Graves in Ireland since 1914 (Dublin: Stationary Office 2008), 464pp.
  • Tom Doyle, The Civil War in Kerry (Cork: Mercier Press 2008), 352pp.
  • Terence Denman, Ireland’s Unknown Soldiers: The 16th (Irish) Division in the Great War (Dublin: IAP 2008), 216pp.
  • Michael Kennedy, Guarding Neutral Ireland: The Coast Watching Service and Military Intelligence, 1939-1945 (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 392pp., ill.
  • Eunan O’Halpin, Spying in Ireland During the Second World War (Oxford UP 2008), 380pp. Catherine Switzer, Unionists and Great War Commemoration in the North of Ireland 1914-1939 (Dublin: IAP 2008), 223pp.

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    Historical Studies: Ecclesiastical
  • Eugene Hynes, Knock: The Virgin’s Apparition in Nineteenth-century Ireland (Cork UP 2008), 300pp.
  • Daire Keogh & Albert McDonnell, The Irish College, Rome, and Its World (Four Courts Press 2008), 304pp.
  • Thomas O’Connor, Irish Jansenists: Religion and Politics in Flanders, France, Ireland and Rome (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 415pp.
  • Nollaig Ó Muráile, ed., Michael Ó Cleirigh, His Associates, and St. Anthony’s College, Louvain (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2007), 288pp.
  • Oliver P. Rafferty, The Catholic Church and the Protestant State: Nineteenth-century Irish Realities (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 240pp.
  • K. Virginia Kennerley, Embracing Women (Dublin: Columba Press 2008), 176pp. [women ordinands in the Church of Ireland form 1976]
  • Michael Richter, Bobbio in the Early Middle Ages: The Abiding Legacy of Columbanus (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 211pp., ill. [+6pp. of pls.]
  • James M. Smith, Ireland’s Magdalen Laundries and the Nation’s Architecture of Containment (Manchester UP 2008), 295pp.
  • Michael Walsh, Apparition at Knock (Dublin: Veritas 2008), 224pp.

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    Natural History & Topography
  • Glynn Anderson, Birds of Ireland: Facts, Folklore and History (Cork: Collins Press 2008), 380pp.
  • F. J. Byrne, et al., Historical Knowth and Its Hinterland (RIA 2008), 300pp.
  • James Ballantyne, Lismore: The Autobiography of an Irish Town, 1937-1954 [1995] (The Heap 2008), 582pp.
  • Ruth Delany, The Shannon Navigation (Dublin: Lilliput Press 2008), 304pp.
  • Glenn Hooper & Uná Ní Bhroiméil, eds., Land and Landscape in Nineteenth-century Ireland (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 240pp.
  • Alannah Hopkins, Eating Scenery: West Cork - The People and the Place (Cork: Collins Press 2008), 216pp.
  • Jethro Lennox, ed., The Irish Times Universal Atlas of the World (London: HarperCollins 2008), 392pp.
  • Kieran McCarthy & Seamus O’Donoghue, Generations: Memories of the Lee Hydroelectric Scheme (Dublin: Lilliput Press 2008), 192pp.
  • Gillian O’Brien & Finola O’Kane, eds., Georgian Dublin (Dublin: Lilliput Press 2008, 272pp.
  • Tim Robinson, Connemara: The Last Pool of Darkness (Penguin Ireland 2008), viii, 373pp.
  • Geraldine Stout & Matthew Stout, Newgrange (Cork Up 2008), 192pp.
  • Michael Viney & Ethna Viney, Ireland’s Oceans: A Natural History (Cork: Collins Press 2008), 208pp.

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    Politics, Economics & Society
  • Asher Benson, Jewish Dublin: Portraits of Life by the Liffey (Dublin: A. & A. Farmar 2008), 128pp.
  • Mary P. Corcoran & Perry Share, Belongings: Shaping Identity in Modern Ireland (Dublin: IPA 2008), 286pp.
  • Paul Daly, Creating Ireland: Ninety Years of the Dáil (London: Headline [Hachette] 2008), 624pp.
  • Norbert Elias, The Established and the Outsiders, ed. John L. Scotson [Collected Works of Norbert Elias] (UCD Press 2008), 272pp.
  • Tom Inglis, Global Ireland: Same Difference (London: Routledge 2008), 301pp.
  • Pat Lyons, Public Opinion, Politics and Society in Contemporary Ireland (Dublin: IAP 2008), 304pp.
  • Muiris MacCarthaigh, Government in Modern Ireland (Dublin: IPA 2008), 200pp.
  • Niamh Moore, Dublin Docklands Reinvented: The Post-industrial REgeneration of a European City Quarter (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 320pp.
  • David McWilliams, The Generation Game (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan 2008), 304pp.
  • Denis O’Hearn, Inside the Celtic Tiger: The Irish Economy and the Asian Model (London: Pluto Press 1998), xiii, 200pp.
  • Paul Sweeney, ed., Ireland’s Economic Success: Reasons and Lessons (Dublin: New Island Press 2008) [q.pp.] [interviews].

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    Northern Ireland/Ulster
  • John Bew, The Glory of Being Britons: Civic Unionism in Nineteenth-century Belfast (Dublin: IAP 2008), 288pp.
  • Edward & Stephen Bloomer, Transforming the Peace Process in Northern Ireland: From Terrorism to Democratic Politics (Dublin: IAP 2008), 272pp.
  • Anne Bryson, ed., The Insider: The Belfast Prison Diaries of Eamon Boyce 1956-1962 (Dublin: Lilliput Press 2008), 295pp. [participant in raid on Gough Barracks].
  • Deaglán de Bréadún, The Far Side of Revenge: The Making of Peace in Northern Ireland (Cork: Collins Press 2008), 464pp. [updated since 2001].
  • Francis Devine, Fintan Lane & Niamh Puirséil, eds., Essays in Irish Labour History: A Festschrift for Elizabeth and John W. Boyle (Dublin: IAP 2008), xii, 273pp. [chiefly Ulster].
  • Michael Hall, A Future for Cooperation: An Account of a Cross-Border Conference ([Belfast:] Island Publications 2008), 36pp.
  • Thomas Hennessy, The Evolution of Troubles 1970-72 (Dublin: IAP 2008), 284pp. Tom Herron & John Lynch, After Bloody Sunday: Representation, Ethics, Justice (Cork UP 2008), 152pp.
  • Richard Humphreys, Countdown to Unity: Debating Irish Reunification (Dublin: IAP 2008), 272pp.
  • Joanne McEvoy, The Politics of Northern Ireland (Edinburgh UP 2008), 204pp.
  • Henry MacDonald, UVF (Dublin: Poolbeg Press 2008), q.pp.
  • Tom Mahon & James I. Gollogly, Decoding the IRA (Cork: Mercier Press 2008), 348pp.
  • Frank Millar, Northern Ireland: Triumph of Politics (Dublin: IAP 2008), 240pp.
  • Brian Rowan, How the Peace was Won (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan 2008), 256pp.

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    Women’s (Gender) Studies
  • Heidi Hansson, New Contexts: Re-framing Nineteenth-century Irish Women’s Prose (Cork UP 2008), 216pp. [deals with Lady Blessington, Maria Edgeworth, Somerville & Ross, et al.]
  • Maryann Valiulis, Gender and Power in Irish History (Dublin: IAP 2008), 256pp.
  • Dianne Hall, Women and the Church in Medieval Ireland, c.1150-1540 (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 252pp.
  • Judith Harford, The Opening of University Education to Women in Ireland (Dublin: IAP 2008), 208pp.

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    Reference, Guides & Bibliography
  • Marvin L. Colker, Trinity College Library, Dublin: Descriptive Catalogue of the Medieval and Renaissance Latin Manuscripts, Supplement One (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 220pp., ill. [22 col.] [Suppl. to 1991 Cat.]
  • Richard S. Harrison, A Biographical Dictionary of Irish Quakers (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 320pp.
  • Kevin Lewis, What the Doctor Ordered: An Encyclopaedia of Wexford Festival Opera since 1951 (Dublin: Nonsuch 2008), 256pp.
  • Charles Lysaght, ed., Great Irish Lives [Times Books] (HarperCollins 2008), pp.149-50.
  • [Q. Auth.,] The Paris of Joyce & Beckett: A Tourist Guide (London Irish Literary Travel] 2008), 103pp.

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    Digital Publications
  • Denvir’s The Irish in Britain [1892] (Dublin: Eneclann 2008).
  • Barrington’sThe Rise and Fall fo the Irish Nation (1833] (Dublin: Eneclann 2008).
  • Ball’s History of the County of Dublin, 6 vols. [1902-20] (Dublin: Eneclann 2008).
  • Bateman’s Great Landowners of GB and Ireland [1882] (Dublin: Eneclann 2008).
  • Parliamentary Gazetteer of Ireland [1846] (Dublin: Eneclann 2008).
  • Statistical Survey of Leitrim [1802] (Dublin: Eneclann 2008).
  • Slater’s National Directory [1894] (Dublin: Eneclann 2008).

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    Journals & Special Issues
  • Joseph F. Eska, ed., Law, Literature and Society [CSANA Yearbook 7] (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2008), 160pp.
  • Patrick McCarthy, ed., Agenda: Atlantic Crossings- 50th Birthday Celebration for Greg Delanty (Agenda 2008), 261pp. [130pp. devoted to Delanty, incl. contribs. by Seamus Heaney, John Montague, et 21 al., and six critical essays].

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Bibliographical details
Jim Culleton, ed., Fishamble Firsts: An Anthology of New Plays by New Playwrights (Dublin: New Island Press 2008), 607pp. [Rosalind Haslet, Still; Jim O’Hanlon, “The Buddhist of Castleknock”; Garry Duggan, “Monged”; Rodney Lee, “The Gist of It”; Sean McLoughlin, “Noah and the Tower Flower”; Roisin Ingle, “Happy Endings”, Stella Feehily, “Game”, Tara Dairman, “Tara Has Written a Play”, Simon O’Gorman, “Meeting Venus”, John Cronin, “Twenty-two”, Belinda McKeon, “Drapes”; n.b., the first full-length, the others shorts.]
 
Alvin Jackson & David N. Livingstone, eds., Queen’s Thinkers: Essays on the Intellectual Heritage of a University (Belfast: Blackstaff Press 2008), 218pp. CONTENTS: Crosbie Smith on P.G. Tait; David Livingstone on James McCosh; Mary Daly on John O’Donovan; Sir Peter Froggatt on William Whitla and Eric Ashby; Peter Bowler on James Thomson; Norman Vance on Helen Waddell; Maurice Keen on Maurice Powicke; Phil Burke on John Bell; Edna Longley on Philip Larkin; Henry Glassie on Estyn Evans; Alexander Dalgarno on David Bates; Alvin Jackson on J. C. Beckett; Martin Stokes on John Blacking; Leslie Clarkson, Chronicling a University].
 

John Montague, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill & Paul Durcan, The Poet’s Chair: The First Nine Years of the Ireland Chair of Poetry, with a preface by Seamus Heaney; afterword by Sir Donal Deeney (Dublin: Lilliput Press 2008), xiv, 264pp. CONTENTS: John Montague - 1. ‘The Bag Apron: or The Poet and His Community’ (memoir of a writer’s apprenticeship); 2. ‘Short Thoughts on a Long Poem: Words and Music’; 3. ‘Challenge of Translation’; Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill - 4. ‘Nil Cead Isteach ag an bPobal: Tirdhreach Liteartha Neamhaitheanta na Gaolainne / Public Access Denied: or The Unrecognized Literary Landscape of Irish’ [Parnassus in Kerry]; 5. Kismet, or the Workings of Destiny’ [A Language Odyssey - account of the Irish poet’s arrival as a bride in Turkey]; 6. ‘Chailleach agus an Apeirbhean agus an Saol Eile / Hag, the Fair Maid and the Otherworld’. Paul Durcan - 7. ‘Cronin’s Cantos’; 8. ‘Hartnett’s Farewell’; 9. ‘[The Mountain and Mahomet: The Mystery of Harry Clifton’. Trustees 1998-2007. (Johns Hopkins UL - online.)

 

See vars. in COPAC listings: John Montague; 1. ‘The Bag Apron’ (memoir of a writer’s apprenticeship); 2. ‘Short Thoughts on a Long Poem’; 3. ‘On Translation’; Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill; 4. ‘Kismet, or the Workings of Destiny’ (account of the Irish poet’s arrival as a bride in Turkey); 5. ‘Parnassus in Kerry’; 6. ‘A Language Odyssey’; Paul Durcan; 7. ‘Cronin’s Cantos’; 8. ‘Hartnett’s Farewell’; 9. ‘The Mountain and Mahomet’; Belfast and Dublin launchings in autumn. (COPAC - online.)

 
Elmer Kennedy-Andrews, Writing Home: Poetry and Place in Northern Ireland, 1968-2008 (Woodbridge: D. S. Brewer 2008), xii, 306pp. CONTENTS: Introduction: The Lie of the Land [1]; 2. Paradigms and Precursors: Rooted Men and Nomads (John Hewitt, Patrick Kavanagh and Louis MacNeice) [21]; 3. John Montague: Global Regionalist? [53]; 4. Seamus Heaney and Paul Muldoon: Omphalos and Diaspora [83]; Padraic Fiacc and James Simmons [118]; Michael Longley’s Ecopoetics [137]; Derek Mahon: ‘An Exile and a Stranger’ [155]; Tom Paulin: Dwelling Without Roots; [180]; 9. Ciaran Carson: The New Urban Poetics [203]; 10. Medbh McGuckian: The Lyric of Gendered Space [225]; 11. New Voices (Peter McDonald, Sinead Morrissey, Alan Gillis and Leontia Flynn) [249]. Select Bibliography [287], Index [297].
 
John Wilson Foster, Irish Novels 1890-1940: New Bearings in Culture and Fiction (Oxford: OUP 2008), 519pp. CONTENTS. Introduction: The Shock of the Old; 1. ‘A Deplorable Facility’: Popular Fiction; 2. ‘When the Tide Turns’: After the Victorians; 3. A New Theology: Protestantism and the Novel; 4. ‘Their Patience Folly?’ Catholicism and Fiction; 5. Bad Blood: Sectarianism in the Novel; 6. Studies in Green: The Condition of Ireland I; 7. ‘Society - spelt big’: The Condition of Ireland II; 8. Tiercel and Lure: Love and Marriage; 9. Mêtier de Femme: New Woman Fiction; 10. Fin de Siècle: New Women, Art, and Decadence; 11. Science and the Supernatural: Among Genres I; 12. Dracula and Detection: Among Genres II; 13. ‘Years of the Shadow’: Writings of the Great War; 14. ‘A Sharp, bitter cleavage’: War and the Rising; Postscript: Women Novelists 1922-1940. The work incls. studies of Mrs J. H. Riddell, B. M. Croker, M. E. Francis, Sarah Grand, Katharine Tynan, Ella MacMahon, Katherine Cecil Thurston, W.M. Letts, and Hannah Lynch, et al.
 
Aaron Kelly, Twentieth-century Irish Literature [Readers’ Guides to Essential Criticism Ser.] Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2008), xi, 200pp. CONTENTS. Introduction; [chaps.:] Irish Literature and Criticism in the Revival; Irish Literature and Criticism after Partition; The Development of Irish Studies: Contesting the Revival; Irish Studies Paradigms and Literature after Partition; Gender, Sexuality and Feminism in Irish Literature; Contemporary Literature in the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland; Irish Studies Today.
 

Deirdre Quinn & Sharon Tighe-Mooney, eds., Essays In Irish Literary Criticism: Themes of Gender, Sexuality, and Corporeality (Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press 2008), 284pp. Contents: Moynagh Sullivan, ‘Foreword’; Section I - Exploring Sexuality and Corporeality: Niamh Hehir, ‘“I am unable even / To contain myself”: The Maternal Threshold of Subjectivity in Medbh McGuckian’s The Flower and Other Poems’; Ben Keatinge, ‘“My Form is Epicene”: Sexual Ambiguity in the Poetry of Richard Murphy’; Anne Markey, ‘Bodies on Samuel Beckett’s Fiction and Drama’; Sonja Tiernan, ‘The Journal Urania: An Alternative Archive of Radical Gender Masquerade’; Megan Buckley, ‘Experiential Ekphrasis in Eva Bourke’s “Letter to Sujata”’. Section II - Discourses of Sexuality and Irishness: Michael G. Cronin, ‘The “Unmarried Mother” and Moral Politics in the Free State: Developing a Political Narrative for the History of Sexuality in Ireland’; Catherine Smith, ‘Irish Confessional Discourse in Kate O’Brien’s Novels’; Sharon Tighe-Mooney, ‘Sexuality and Religion in Kate O’Brien’s Fiction’; Caroline Magennis, ‘“The Erotic Highstyle”: Self-Reflexivity and Performativity in Robert McLiam Wilson’s Eureka Street and Ripley Bogle’. Section III - Surveying Sexuality and Gender in Sport, in Song and on Screen: Deidre Quinn, ‘“French Letters”: The Space of the HIV body in Irish Television Broadcasting in the mid-1980s’; Val Nolan, ‘“He Sees His Own Face Reflected”: Representations of Eamon de Valera in the Fiction and Films of Neil Jordan’; Fintan Walsh, ‘Masculinity, Victimization and the Recuperation of Authority in InterMission’; Jenny O’ Connor, ‘The Body in Pedro Almodóvar’s Work: A Site of Rhizomatic Symbolic Violence’; Aintzane Legarreta Mentxaka, ‘Queer Rewrites of the Self in the Songs of Suzanne Vega: “I will be Dietrich and you can be Dean”’; Linda Green, ‘Women in Sport: The Oxymoronic Irish Woman Athlete and her Experiences of Traditional Gender Constructs within a Mainstream Heteronormative Society’.

 
Timothy G. McMahon, Grand Opportunity: The Gaelic Revival and Irish Society, 1893-1910 (Syracuse UP 2008), 342pp. CONTENTS: The Strange Case of O’Growney’s Bones [9]; Priests and People in the Gaelic Revival [34]; “All Creeds and All Classes”?: Just Who Made Up the Gaelic League? [85]; Cooperating and Cooperators: Branch Activities and the Regeneration of Ireland [127]; The Grand Opportunity: Festivals and the Gaelic Revival [155]; The March of a Nation: Dublin’s Language Processions [187]. Conclusion [211]; Abbreviations [211]; Notes [223]; Glossary [289]; Bibliography [291]; Index [323].
 
Justin Quinn, ed., Irish Poetry After Feminism [Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco Lectures, 10] (Colin Smythe, 208), 107pp. CONTENTS: Quinn, Introduction; Dr Moynagh Sullivan, ‘Irish Poetry after Feminism: In Search of “Male Poets”’; Dr Peter McDonald, ‘The Touch of a Blind Man: Forms, Origins and “Hermeneutics” in Poetry’; Dr Catriona Clutterbuck, ‘An Unapproved Alliance: Feminism and Form in the Irish Poetry Debate’; Derek Mahon, “First Principles”; Fran Brearton, ‘On Derek Mahon’s First Principles’; Lucy Collins, ‘Northeast of Nowhere: Vona Groarke, Sinéad Morrissey and Post-Feminist Spaces’; Selina Guinness, ‘The Annotated House: Feminism and Form’; Leontia Flynn, ‘On the Sofa: Parody & McGuckian’; Dr David Wheatley, ‘That They May Be Damned: Samuel Beckett and the Poetry of Misogyny’.
 

Nicholas Grene & Patrick Lonergan, eds., Interactions: Dublin Theatre Festival 1957-2007 [Irish Theatrical Diaspora Series] (Dublin: Carysfort Press 2008), xiv, 388pp. CONTENTS. Loughlin Deegan, ‘Preface’; Grene & Lonergan, ‘Introduction: The Festival at Fifty. Pt. 1 - Essays. 1. Thomas Kilroy, ‘A Playwright’s Festival’; 2. Lionel Pilkington, ‘Theatre, Sexuality, and the State: Tennessee Williams’s The Rose Tattoo at the Dublin Theatre Festival, 1957’; 3. Sara Keating, ‘Irish Language Theatre at the Dublin Theatre Festival’; 4. Emilie Pine, ‘Leonard’s Progress: Hugh Leonard at the Dublin Theatre Festival’; 5. Shaun Richards, ‘Subjects of “the machinery of citizenship”: The Death and Resurrection of Mr Roche and The Gentle Island at the Dublin Theatre Festival’; 6. Ros Dixon, ‘West Meets East: Russian Productions at the Dublin Theatre Festival, 1957-2006’; 7. Alexandra Poulain, ‘Tom Murphy’s The Sanctuary Lamp at the Dublin Theatre Festival, 1975 and 2001’; 8. Cathy Leeney, ‘Patrick Mason: A Director’s Festival Golden Fish’; 9. Tanya Dean, ‘In-dependency: Rough Magic and the Dublin Theatre Festival’; 10. John P. Harrington, ‘Festivals National and International: The Beckett Festival’; 11. Carmen Szabó, ‘From Ex Libris to Ex Machina – Two Shakespearean Case Studies at the Dublin Theatre Festival’; 12. Peter Kuch, ‘An Antipodean Epic: Cloudstreet at the Dublin Theatre Festival’; 13. Lisa Fitzpatrick, ‘“Bogland Parodies”: The Midlands Setting in Marina Carr and Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre’; 14. Fintan O’Toole, ‘The Dublin Theatre Festival: Social and Cultural Contexts.

Pt. 2 - Memoirs & Productions. 1. Christopher Fitz-Simon, ‘The Dublin Theatre Festival: Social and Cultural Contexts’; Production History Part One: 1957-70’; 2. Lewis Clohessy, ‘Dublin Theatre Festival: 1984-89’; Production History Part Two: 1971-85’; 3. David Grant, ‘“Present Tense” or “It shouldn’t happen to a festival programmer!”’; Production History Part Three: 1986-1994 [295]. 4. Tony O’Dálaigh, ‘Dublin Theatre Festival in the 1990s’; Production History Part Four: 1995-2008’; Fergus Linehan, ‘Dublin Theatre Festival in the Twenty-First Century

 
Paul Murphy, Hegemony and Fantasy in Irish Drama, 1899-1949 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), ix, 266pp. CONTENTS [chaps.]: 1. Dream of the noble and the beggarman; 2. To live the things I before imagined; 3. Whatever rule we may have, we’ll always have our tramps and paupers; 4. That Ireland which we dreamed of; 5. What kind of a living woman is it that you are at all?; 6. That a black twisty divil could be hiding under such comeliness; 7. Sure if I was a good wife to him; 8. That mightn’t be an easy job!; 9. Woman gives to the State.

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