Category: Reviews

Yarns of Kylemore Abbey’s colourful past

The Benedictine Nuns & Kylemore Abbey: A History by Deirdre Raftery and Catherine KilBride (The Benedictine Nuns Kylemore Abbey Centenary/Irish Academic Press, €19.95/£17.99) This book is the story of an Irish success, but it is much more than that. It also encapsulates, in the story of Kylemore Abbey, a history of Connemara over some two centuries,…

‘We are Rangers’ – inside Ireland’s military elite

Shadow Warriors: The Irish Army Ranger Wing by Paul O’Brien and Wayne Fitzgerald Mercier Press (€12.99/£11.99) Joe Carroll Back in the 1980s, there used to be an advertisement on RTÉ showing a squad of soldiers in battledress, holding rifles jogging along a road while singing lustily: “We are Rangers, mighty, mighty Rangers.” And then the Rangers…