The Fourth Estate

Author: Mark O'Brien
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0719096138
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This book examines the history of journalists and journalism in twentieth-century Ireland. While many media institutions have been subjected to historical scrutiny, the professional and organisational development of journalists, the changing practices of journalism, and the contribution of journalists and journalism to the evolution of modern Ireland have not. This book rectifies the deficit by mapping the development of journalism in Ireland from the late 1880s to today. Placing the experiences of journalists and the practice of journalism at the heart of its analysis, it examines, for the first time, the work of journalists within the ever-changing context of Irish society. Based on strong primary research - including the previously un-consulted journals and records produced by the many journalistic representative organisations that came and went over the decades - and written in an accessible and engaging style, The Fourth Estate will appeal to anyone interested in journalism, history, the media and the development of Ireland as a modern nation.

The Splendid Years

Author: Maire Nic Shuibhlaigh
ISBN: 9781848405097
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An autobiography of M ire Nic Shuibhlaigh, a founding actress of the Abbey Theatre and its first leading lady when it opened in 1904. Her beauty and talent captivated both national and international audiences and critics. Portrait artists queued up to paint her. Revolutionaries and poets wrote plays for her. This is M ire's first-hand account of some of the momentous events that shaped Irish history, including the establishment of the Abbey Theatre, and her role as leader of the Cumann na mBan girls' in Jacob's Biscuit Factory during the 1916 Easter Rising. Her eventful and significant life provides an accurate portrayal of a time of resurgence and renewal.

Rule Britannia

Author: J. R. Hutchinson
Publisher: Fireship Press
ISBN: 1611790042
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The press-gang. An unmitigated evil, or the savior of a nation? You decide. Impressment was nothing new for the Royal Navy. It had been used as early as 1664 as a way of obtaining crews for warships. In many respects, impressment was inevitable. The number of trained sailors was finite, and had to be shared across both military and merchant ships. But, where the impact of an undermanned merchant fleet could be inconvenient, an undermanned navy could be disastrous. Britain was an island nation and depended on it's fleet to protect it. J. R. Hutchinson takes us on a tour of the "press-gang," the vehicle by which "eligible men of seafaring habits" were gathered into the Royal Navy. We learn, among other things, how the press-gang began, how it worked, how it was evaded, and how it was ended. While the argument can be made that the fate of the pressed man was certainly no worse, and in many ways much better, than his cousin on land; Hutchinson takes the opposite view-that it was an unmitigated evil. Whether Hutchinson is right, or guilty of analyzing 18th Century history with 20th Century standards, is for you to decide.

Homage to Catalonia

Author: George Orwell
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 1772751928
Format: PDF
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Passionately opposed to fascism, British author George Orwell served as an soldier in the militia for the POUM—the Worker’s Party of Marxist Unification, one of the parties involved in the Spanish Civil War—from 1936–1937. Serving on the frontlines, Orwell saw action in Catalonia and Aragon, and was seriously wounded by a sniper in May 1937. At the same time that Orwell was recovering from his injuries, the POUM was declared illegal and Orwell was forced to flee Spain in order to avoid arrest. In Homage to Catalonia, Orwell frankly recounts his experiences as a soldier, revealing his passionate commitment to the ideals of communism and his equally passionate opposition to fascism. Be it mystery, romance, drama, comedy, politics, or history, great literature stands the test of time. ClassicJoe proudly brings literary classics to today’s digital readers, connecting those who love to read with authors whose work continues to get people talking. Look for other fiction and non-fiction classics from ClassicJoe.


Author: Donna Jo Napoli
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 147110317X
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Melkorka is a princess, the first daughter of a magnificent kingdom in medieval Ireland. But all of this is suddenly meaningless when she is kidnapped and taken aboard a Viking slave ship. Thrown into a new and unknown world, amongst people her former country's laws regarded as less than human, Melorka must learn quickly if she is to survive. Taking a vow of silence, however, she finds herself an object of fascination to her captors, and she soon realises that what little power she has may just make a difference. Based on an ancient Icelandic folktale, this is a heart-breaking story of a young girl who must learn to forget all she knows and carve out a place for herself in a new world - all without speaking a word.