McMahon, Sean  

A Short History of Ireland


An account of Irish history since the earliest times.

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This concise and even-handed account gives the history of Ireland since the earliest times. Based on up-to-date research, the book covers political, social and cultural issues of importance. 

The author is particularly enlightening about the root causes of the Northern Troubles and the relationship between Britain and Ireland. Ireland is news; since the IRA ceasefire in the autumn of 1994, she has become the focus of worldwide attention. Only now can one sense an international recognition of the complexity of Irish problems and the beginnings of understanding.


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ISBN 9781856351379

About the Author

Sean McMahon was born in Derry in 1931 and he educated at St Derrys Columbs College and in Queens University in Belfast. He returned to Derry to teach in St Columbs and taught Mathematics until his retirement in 1988.
During his teaching years he staged many productions of works by Shakespeare and modern dramatists both for St Columbs and for amateur theatre groups in Derry. He also wrote the lyrics for musical shows.
His literary career properly began with his anthology The Best from the Bell, which was followed by A Book of Iirish Quotations and Rich and Rare, an anthology of prose and verse. Over the past twenty years he has written and edited dozens of books, including biographies of Ulster writers Sam Hanna Bell and Robert Lynd, the bestselling A Short History of Ireland and books on all aspects of Irish life and culture, including A Short History of Ulster, The Island of Saints and Scholars and Irish Names for Children.