J. Anthony Gaughan This is a collection of articles by James Fintan Lalor in The Nation and The Irish Felon.  It also provides an overview of Lalor’s career and the circumstances surrounding each article.  James Fintan Lalor was born at Tinnakill, Abbeyleix on March 10, 1807.  His father was a prosperous tenant farmer and an...

Having covered some interesting religious titles last week, this week we can turn to general books and to some titles which will interest all sections of the family at home. The Godfather of Modern Hurling: The Fr Tommy Maher Story - How the Kilkenny Priest Drew a New Blueprint for the National Game, by Enda McEvoy (Ballpoint Press, €13.99...

The Second World War, by Antony Beevor (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, £25 / €29.99) Antony Beevor has made something of a corner for himself as the author of best selling war books, from Spain’s to Russia. Here in nearly 900 pages he encompasses the epic horrors of the war that continues to shape our lives. That struggle is all too often reduced to...

The Diviner by Joe Cassidy (Penguin Ireland, €14.99 / £11.99) Having had personal experience in my own family circle of the effectiveness of water divining, or rather dowsing as many of its practitioners would prefer to call it, I read this book with some interest. There is no doubt at all that the faculty existence is some individuals, in all...

Born to Ride: The Autobiography of Stephen Roche, by Stephen Roche (Yellow Jersey Press, €14.99 / £18.99) With all the brouhaha about a Brit winning the Tour de France, which after all Frenchman manages to do nearly every year, Irish reader will like to have this reminded of another great cycling champion of the Tour, who happened to win a...

The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket, by Oliver Jeffers, text by John Boyne (€12.99 / £10.99) Barnaby Brocket is born into a perfectly normal family. The Brockets live a perfectly normal life in a perfectly normal house and everything they do is perfectly normal . . . until Barnaby comes along. Though it’s not his fault,...

Triggs: the Autobiography of Roy Keane’s Dog, by Triggs (Hachette Books Ireland, €13.20 / £9.99) Though hardly ranks with that classic work of animal autobiography I Cheetah, this autobiography of a famous dog of more recent days will appeal to many with its perspective on the activities of the famous human he happens to lead around the...

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