On the Edge

RTÉ Guide - - Books - by Diar­maid Fer­riter

(Pro­file Books) Hav­ing ex­ten­sively cov­ered the his­tory of 20th-Cen­tury

Ire­land (in­clud­ing The Trans­for­ma­tion of Ire­land 1900-2000), Fer­riter, Pro­fes­sor of Mod­ern Ir­ish His­tory at UCD, fixes Ire­land’s is­lands in his foren­sic sights for this lat­est his­tory. If for many years the is­lands were seen through the lens of ro­man­ti­cism, due in no small part to writ­ers like Synge and film-mak­ers like O’Fla­herty, Fer­riter of­fers a re­al­ity check, the story of peo­ple blighted by eco­nomic hard­ship and poverty and ig­nored by of­fi­cial­dom.

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