The GAA in the Irish War of Independence

The role of hurling and football fixtures at critical junctures of the War of Independence is one of the, as yet, unwritten stories of the Gaelic Athletic Association. A Gaelic football match between Tipperary and Dublin holds a revered place in the history of the GAA Association. The simple facts of Bloody Sunday, 21st November …

The Class of ’67… that Summer of ‘67

Fifty years ago this Summer, the boys – the young men – of the Leaving Cert class of Mount Sion CBS, in Waterford, were not too pushed about happenings in the wider world - like Flower Power, Sergeant Pepper or the war in Vietnam. Our main focus was on getting through the examination. A few …

The Mystery of a 1930s Photograph

Many thanks to Reporter, Darren Skelton and the Waterford News and Star, for this week’s appeal to readers to help identify the young men in a 1930s photograph of International Brigader Maurice ‘Mossie’ Quinlan, killed-in-action at Jarama, near Madrid, on 17 February 1937 (Rifle #715, No. 1 Company, British Battalion). Eleven volunteers from Waterford fought …

‘Forgotten Revolution’ Now Available on BuyTheBook.ie

BuyTheBook.ie is an exciting new online venture by the energetic Rachel Drury, based in Sligo. It brings together the cream of Irish self-published authors in an online one-stop-shop. You can browse through the books and authors and decide if you want to buy. There are no catches or hidden charges. Rachel has big plans to …

The Life and Times of a Great Reporter

I've been eagerly awaiting this publication and my signed copy finally arrived today! My good friend and colleague Paul Murphy has written a very interesting and entertaining book chronicling his fifty-seven years of reporting on events, dramas, tragedies, mysteries and surprises - regionally and nationally, and even internationally. 'Get There First' includes many fascinating photos …

‘Forgotten Revolution’ is ’eminently readable’ – Liffey Sound FM

‘Very informative in a very easy to read way…’ That’s the verdict of Teresa Quinn, presenter of ‘Bookline’ on Liffey Sound FM about the Centenary Edition of ‘Forgotten Revolution, The Limerick Soviet 1919’. In her most recent show, Teresa interviewed the book’s author, Liam Cahill. He explains why he wrote it and talks about his …

Listen to an Online Talk on Limerick and Other Soviets in the Years 1919-23

I gave an online talk recently to a wonderful group of historians and history enthusiasts who go under the name Trasna Na Tíre. They've posted more than fifty excellent talks on diverse, sometimes lesser known, aspects of Irish history. You can catch up on Youtube on my talk on the forgotten revolution of Limerick and …

Praise for ‘Forgotten Revolution’

General readers, book reviewers, academic historians and other writers have all praised the Centenary Edition of ‘Forgotten Revolution The Limerick Soviet 1919’. ‘Congratulations on ‘Forgotten Revolution’. It is a great achievement and an important book.’ - Diarmaid Ferriter, Full Professor of Modern Irish History, University College Dublin. ‘A wonderful book’ – Myles Dungan, ‘The History Show’ RTÉ One  'Marvellous …