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From the Editor

HISTORY IN THE NEWS:
Estella Solomons: Still Moments
New on-line documentary on the Battle of Benburb

ON THIS DAY
By Aodhán Crealey

BITE-SIZED HISTORY
By Donal Fallon

Letters
Commemorating the RIC
Pathological optimism?
Who speaks for Ulster?
Sligo’s Noble Six
An ancient Ulster tradition
Menstrual blood

Platform
The Irish Land Commission records, 1881–1992—a case for the digitisation of them all
By Terence Dooley

GEMS OF ARCHITECTURE:
St John’s Church, John Street, Kilkenny
By Damian Murphy

KINDRED LINES:
Outrage Reports
By Fiona Fitzsimons

ARTEFACTS:
Bás Beatha—surviving a nuclear war in Ireland
By Lar Joye

LOCAL ARCHIVES:
Gweedore Hotel visitors’ books, 1842–74
By Niamh Brennan

100 YEARS AGO:
Erskine Childers executed
By Joseph E.A. Connell Jr

Reviews

SEEN ON TV:
Ardal O’Hanlon: tomb raider
By Sylvie Kleinman

MUSEUM EYE:
GAA Museum, Croke Park
By Donal Fallon

Bookworm
By Joe Culley

The Big Book
Keogh, Ireland and Argentina in the twentieth century: diaspora, diplomacy, dictatorship, Catholic
Reviewed by Michael Kennedy

Book Reviews

Wilson, Canadian spy story: Irish revolutionaries and the secret police
By Dean Jobb
Ó Corráin and Hanley, Cathal Brugha: ‘an indomitable spirit’
By Gerard Shannon
Travers, Donegal: the Irish revolution, 1912–23
By John Dorney
Fitzpatrick and O’Dowd (eds), Sisters: nine families of sisters who made a difference
By Mary Kenny

Features

LEGAL
From Runnymede to County Meath—Magna Carta and Magna Carta Hiberniae
By James K. Meighan

CHIEFS’ PRIZE:
‘No mean diplomat’: the gift exchange practices of Shane O’Neill, a Renaissance Gaelic lord
By Melissa Sheils

REPUTATIONS:
Colonel Ned Despard, the Irishman hanged in London for high treason in 1803— traitor or martyr?
By Teddy Fennelly

BEETHOVEN AND IRELAND:
Beethoven’s ‘Immortal Beloved’—a possible Irish connection
By Andreas Boldt

FAMINE RELIEF:
The American dollars that saved Ireland in 1880
By Evan Comerford

CENTENARY:
Peace, partition and the revolutionary mind—the ineffable friendship of Erskine Childers and Alice Stopford Green
By Angus Mitchell

DIASPORA:
Services for 1950s Irish emigrants—battleground for Church, State and communism
By Brian Harvey

INTERNATIONAL:
Ireland and the Cuban Missile Crisis, October 1962
By John Mulqueen

DIPLOMACY:
Escape from Biafra—an Irish diplomat’s account of an evacuation, 1967
By John Gibney

LANGUAGE:
One hundred years of Irish language policy
By John Walsh



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