First the big news—Oliver Cromwell has apologised to the Irish people for massacring them and sending them off to Barbados as slaves. Well, he has not spoken in person but […]

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Marianne Elliott (Profile, £20) ISBN 1861976437 Remember Emmet: images of the life and legacy of Robert Emmet Ruán O’Donnell (Wordwell Books, E15) ISBN 1869857593 The publication of Marianne Elliott’s Partners […]

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Patrick M. Geoghegan (Gill and McMillan, E23.99) ISBN 0-7171-3387-7 Robert Emmet and the Rebellion of 1798 Ruán O’Donnell (Irish Academic Press, E59.50) ISBN 0-7165-2788-X Robert Emmet and the Rising of […]

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The ghostliness of Robert Emmet is not just about the way he haunts the Irish historical imagination; it is sometimes suggested by the very evidence for his physical existence. It […]

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A common observation about Robert Emmet is that he had a death-wish, that he was in thrall to blood sacrifice and the martyrdom complex. That version misunderstands the nature of […]

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