Ardcrú Books

Editors Eoin and Niamh Ó Dochartaigh

Voices from the Irish Free State

Book Launch

MARCH 2022. We had a very enjoyable book launch in Galway at Charlie Byrnes bookshop on 11 March. Ronnie O’Gorman, author and founder of the Galway Advertiser did us proud in launching this Covid delayed event and it was really encouraging to hear so many people praise “Voices from the Irish Free State”. For editors Eoin and Niamh, working on this book was a fantastic learning experience.

Have you ever felt that the Irish history you learned at school, only ever got as far as 1916, and that was considered the be-all and the end-all?. You sometimes wondered what happened in Ireland after 1916?. Not a word was heard about the War of Independence and the Civil War, but in this new volume you will hear some of the independent-minded citizens of that era speak out and tell their stories. This newly-published work from Ardcrú Books, (20 Euro) showcases selected essays from a rare old volume ‘The Voice of Ireland’, which was published in 1924. The journalist/author W.G. Fitzgerald had collected a wide variety of writings at a critical crossroads in Irish History.
In this new publication the editors have featured detailed profiles of each of forty of these authors with a large collection of photographs, many rarely seen.

 ‘Voices from the Irish Free State’, is currently available for €20.00.
In Galway from Kenny’s Bookshop,
In Galway at Charlie Byrnes,
From Standun’s An Spidéal (Spiddal).
From Moycullen, Co. Galway.
In Moyard, Connemara, Cottage Handcrafts.
In Clifden, Connemara, The Bookshop –
In Letterfrack , Books @ One, 5 Ellis Workshops
Belfast, An Culturlann, 216 Falls Rd. Bookshop ‘An Ceathru Poili’
In Westport, Mayo – The Bookshop Bridge St.
Donegal Town The Four Masters Bookshop at

In Sligo from Liber Books at 35 O’Connell St. Sligo
In Dublin from Alan Hanna’s Bookshop 270 Rathmines Rd. Lower.
Dublin from The Hugh Lane Gallery, 22 Parnell Square,
In Cork from Vibes and Scribes,
In West Cork, Clonakilty
Kerry. Tralee, O’Mahonys Bookshop, Castle Street,
West Kerry, Cafe Liteartha, Dingle, Dykegate Street,

AMONG THE AUTHORS you will find essays by notable politicians, poets, historians and academics of the early 1900s. As some names had slipped into oblivion, we were determined to revive and to honour these memories of their well-lived lives, at times heroic, harsh and sad, immersed in the terror and tragedy of it all. However the essays are often innovative and stirring, whether on the Language Revival, the Arts and Irish Theatre or the part of women in political life. The War of Independence, the Anglo Irish Treaty and the Civil War which followed, are all here
Forty authors of the early twentieth century feature, 10 of them are women writers and more than 150 photos illustrate the 280 pages. Author Biographies are by Editors Eoin and Niamh Ó Dochartaigh. The eighteen months research journey has been full of surprises, mental stimulation and debates and probably too many late nights. The book is dedicated to all affected by the Coronavirus and those we have lost and to all our front-line workers for their heroic efforts. Go dteigh sibh slan.


{2019 {Please click on News above for Dublin Launch of ‘Essays by an Irish Rebel’ held on Mayday 2019} 
Ardcru Books have published three books that give new insights into the 1916 Rising, War of Independence and other aspects of twentieth century Irish history. The most recent publication,
Essays by an Irish Rebel, subtitled Revolution, Politics and Culture is now available. Retail price is 18.00 Euro. available in  or Charlie Byrnes in Galway. , Dubray Books and Moycullen Books, Clifden Bookshop and NUIG Siopa Leabhair in Galway; Standun’s of Spiddal and in Dublin Alan Hanna’s Rathmines Road, and Books Upstairs, In Limerick and Tralee at O’Mahonys Booksellers; in Dingle at An Cafe Liteartha: In Sligo at Liber Books: in Donegal Town at The Four Masters; or contact for further info.

At the recent Launch of Essays by an Irish Rebel in Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop. Professor Dan Carey, Niamh O Dochartaigh, Professor Jane Conroy, Ronnie O’Gorman, Eoin O Dochartaigh, Professor Niall O Dochartaigh

ESSAYS BY AN IRISH REBEL consists of translations by Eoin of the  Irish writings of a Dubliner, a former revolutionary in 1916, a sometime prisoner in Galway Gaol and elsewhere,  a War of Independence prisoner, a University Professor of Romance Languages at NUI Galway for over 40 years, a founder member and director of the Irish language Theatre ‘An Taibhdhearc’ in Galway and an all-round scholar and Renaissance man.
Essays by an Irish Rebel is a companion book to INSURRECTION MEMORIES 1916, (15.00 Euro) which recounts Liam Ó Briain’s rebel life as a Volunteer in Dublin and especially his part in the  Easter Week Rising and the prison terms which followed. 

The Essays are a continuation  in many ways of Liam Ó Briain’s personal involvement in the trials and troubles of the early 1920s in Galway, at a time of constant army raids, murders, recriminations and much bloodshed.  After the 1916 Rising and up until 1923, there was constant dissension and much of the country was in a state of military alert. The Auxiliaries and the Tans had ‘carte blanche’ to deal with disorder by creating more mayhem as terror reigned in the town of Galway.  In 1920 the military presence was greater than all the inhabitants of the town  and surrounding areas.
This book however is not all ‘sturm und drang’. Travels abroad in France and Germany as early as 1911 – 1914, where he spent his Scholarship years, are described in humorous detail.  A lengthy holiday  visit to France and  Italy in 1920 captures the flavour of the post-War era. He loved the City of Paris and the countryside of France and Italy, but did not escape  guilt feelings about his absence from the ongoing guerrilla warfare back home, thinking of the lads waiting in the ditches to attack or on- the-run, trying to rid the country of the oppressive dominance of the British administration by making it ungovernable.  Liam arrived back in Galway in October 1920 and in this time of turmoil he was taken from the relative sanctuary of his position as Professor of Romance Languages in University College Galway, and thrown into Galway Gaol.  It was more than a year later, on his release from the Curragh Camp Detention Centre,  that he was able to return home.

Memoir Of An Irish Economist

Labhrás Ó Nualláin (my father) was born in Manchester, of Irish parents, in 1912. He discovered Ireland at an early age. After his death in 2000 I trawled through all his writings on his early years, recounting his interest in the the Irish language, his sporting and educational interests, his discovery and adoption of Ireland as his homeland, and his personal achievements in life. He had been obliged to leave school for the world of work at age 15, he studied, made his way through third level education to Doctoral level, married and reared a family, while working full time as a civil servant in Dublin. As a Lecturer in University College Galway from 1953, he initially taught the entire B.Comm course through the medium of Irish, and as Professor of Economics later — until retirement in 1982 — he made all courses bilingual. It’s a lively story and well worth the 15 Euro it costs from www.  (Kennys prices include postage to anywhere in the world!) All three books are available from, Charlie Byrnes Bookshop, and Dubray in Galway: from Moycullen Books, Clifden Bookshop, Standun’s in Spiddal:  in Dublin at Alan Hanna’s, Rathmines Rd, and at Books Upstairs. In Limerick and Tralee at O’Mahonys Booksellers; In Dingle at An Cafe Liteartha; in Sligo at Liber Books; In Donegal Town at The Four Masters; and from

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2 thoughts on “Ardcrú Books

  1. Tonie Walsh says:

    Cuimhní Cinn by Liam Ó Briain, my great-granduncle, has been out of print for some time. It’s terrific to see an English language translation in circulation, along with his collection of rather fabulous essays.
    Well done, Ardcrú Books! Míle buíochas.


    • Ardcrú Books says:

      Nach deas gur scriobh tu chugainn! GRMA. Delighted that you are enjoying the books.
      Beir bua agus beannacht


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