A Republican Life, 1904-1946
Dr Caoimhe Nic Dháibhéid is Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Sheffield. From 2010-1012 she was Rutherford Research Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge.
Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction 1. 'The Centre of Delight of the Household': 1904-1916 2. 'Fighting the Tans at Fourteen': 1916-1918 3. Seán MacBride's Irish Revolution: 1919-1921 4. Rising through the Ranks: 1921-1926 5. 'The Driving Force of the Army': 1926-1932 6. 'The Guiding Influence of the Mass of the People should be the IRA': 1932-1937 7. Becoming Legitimate? 1938-1940 8. 'Standing Counsel to the Illegal Organisation': 1943-1946 Epilogue Conclusion Bibliography Index
Nic Dhaibheid’s impressive and important new study now stands as the essential work on MacBride’s equally fascinating early years.
Journal of British Studies, Vol. 51, No. 4
This book focuses on his fragmented childhood when, as a teenage boy, he saw his mother imprisoned and had his first battles with authority. Nic Dhábhéid’s book not only throws fascinating light on MacBride’s formative years, but also on the bitter internal struggles of the IRA, leading to the torture of its alcoholic chief of staff, Stephen Hayes, and the brutal murder of Wexford man Michael Devereux.
Sunday Business Post
A welcome addition to the literature on twentieth-century Ireland in general and MacBride in particular. It makes a significant contribution to our understanding of his early years. The book is also essential reading for anyone interested in the revolutionary period and the IRA's relationship with the new state after independence.
Ciara Meehan Irish Literary Supplement
[An] ... elegantly written and penetrating study of MacBride’s early career... Nic Dháibhéid’s book charts [MacBride's] life up to the formation of Clann na Poblachta, in 1946, tracing with a fine, forensic touch his precocious involvement in the republican struggle... What emerges is distinctly new.
Roy Foster Irish Times
An extremely interesting biographical study, written with a light and sensitive hand, which skilfully paints a credible portrait of a complex and elusive character.
Trinity College, Dublin
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: June 9, 2011