The parents who made Thérèse Martin a saint

The Martins of Lisieux by Michael O’Connell (St Thérèse National Office, 56 Angier Street, Dublin 2, €5.00; contact Pat Sweeney at 086-819-8186) This brochure is a work of pietas by a devotee of St Thérèse. The beautifully illustrated booklet is in two parts, the first concerns the grave of the saint, the second the burial place of the…

The wicked Lords of many Irish acres

The Earls of Castlehaven: Lord Audleys of Cork and Kildare by Michael Christopher Keane (ISBN 9781527230026; obtainable from all branches of O’Mahonys Booksellers, €20.00, tel. +353 – 614-18155; or directly from the author at Farran, Ovens, Co. Cork). The subtitle to this book promises “War & Sex, Corruption & Land, from the battle of Kinsale…

Delightful tales of rural life and history

Fireside Miscellany: A collection of Irish Memories, Meanderings and History by Denis O’Higgins (available from Eason Monaghan and other outlets, €10.00) This is a collection of delightful short stories, such as we would expect to find in an issue of Ireland’s Own. They reveal that the author was born and raised on a small farm in…

Munster men doing well abroad

Waterford Merchants and their Families on Distant Shores: Traders in Spain and France from 1600 to 1800 by Liam Murphy (Kingdom Books, €24.00)   This is an account of the Waterford merchants who emigrated to the port cities of Spain, France and the Spanish Netherlands between 1600 and 1800 as well as the history of…

Going to Wolfe Tone’s grave

Bodenstown Revisited: The grave of Theobald Wolfe Tone, its monuments and its pilgrimages by C.J. Woods (Four Courts Press, €50.00) Bodenstown is near Sallins in Co. Kildare. Here in the local cemetery Theobald Wolfe Tone was buried in 1798, after cutting his throat on being refused a soldier’s execution. Ever since it has been the…

A local legend’s lively life

Spoilt Rotten: Memoirs of Jack McKenna by Jack McKenna (North Kerry Literary Trust, €15.00; contact St. Johns Arts & Heritage Centre, The Square, Listowel, Co. Kerry; tel: 068-22566) This autobiography, by a novice author as old as the century,  is a valuable local history written from an urban perspective. For many years the author was in charge…

Changing times in a provincial town

Kilkenny in Times of Revolution 1900 – 1923, by Eoin Swithin Walsh foreword by Diarmaid Ferriter  (Merrion Press, €19.99 pb) This is a comprehensive account of the revolutionary years in Kilkenny city and county from 1900 to 1923. As a narrative on the War of Independence and Civil War it is remarkable for its detail.…