Senator James G. Douglas, a Dublin business and and a Quaker and Irish nationalist, was active in the Irish White Cross, 1920-22. Appointed by Michael Collins as a member of the committee which prepared drafts for the first Irish constitution in 1922. He was a member of Seanad Eireann in 1922-36, 1938-43 and 1944-54. These memoirs relate his involvement in the events of 1916-26. He casts fresh light on some events - revealing for example his secret meetings with De Valera in the closing stages of the Civil War.
This is the first-ever biography of Emmet Dalton, an American-born Dubliner, Home Ruler and later Republican, whose extraordinary military career as a British officer, IRA leader and General in the Free State army brought him from Flanders to Beal na Bláth. A decorated hero of the Battle of the Somme, he returned from the war with the rank of Captain and transferred his military expertise to the now rampant IRA, serving as Director of Training, and greatly impressing Michael Collins with his extraordinary daring and nerve. Soon befriending Collins and becoming his close confidante, he accompanied him to the Treaty talks in London in 1921, and in the Civil War that followed Dalton oversaw the bombardment of the Four Courts, personally manning an 18-pounder artillery gun. He then masterminded and led the audacious seaborne landings and successful recapture of Cork City and Munster Republic from Anti-Treaty forces, but was ultimately traumatised when Collins died in his arms at Beal na Bláith. In his expansive biography, Sean Boyne vividly portrays Dalton's experiences and the vital role he played in the politics and wars that created the independent Irish state. Dalton was the first Senate Clerk and he became a pioneer of the Irish film world, founding Ardmore film studios and establishing the Irish Film industry. An attractive and high-achieving figure in Irish life in war and peace, Dalton's heroism allowed him to live his many lives to the full, and this compelling biography does justice to a figure who will captivate all those interested in modern Irish history and the birth of the state.
This tale of two Dublin gentlemen's clubs, Kildare Street (founded in 1782) and University (founded in 1849), is a sprightly, entertaining read, as well as a serious history of the Irish leisured, their manners, habits, and social attitudes.