History Ireland on the Interweb…

The magazine History Ireland (www.historyireland.com) under the stewardship of the indefatigable Tommy Graham has made a tremendous contribution to Irish history studies since it was first published in 1993. Apart from bringing good history-writing to a popular audience, it has provided useful information and leads for many researchers,  especially students and general enthusiasts, as they began exploring aspects of Irish history.

Being irredeemably and somewhat regretfully habituated to paper myself, I’ve a very large black canvas bag under the stairs loaded down with hardcopies of pretty much every back issue of the magazine (for reference purposes, you understand), so I don’t use the History Ireland internet resource very often, but I should. The website is fully searchable and allows free access to almost all of the articles and reviews published over the years, with the exception of material from the most recent issues. It’s a fantastic resource and well worth a browse.

Here are some of my own pieces published in the magazine at various times:

  • A lengthy review of Emmet O’Connor’s new edition of his classic A Labour History of Ireland. From the July/August 2013 issue.


  • An article on the handful of anarchists and social revolutionaries active in Dublin in the late 1880s. From the March/April 2008 issue.


  • A review of David Lynch’s book on the Irish Socialist Republican Party of the 1890s. From the May/June 2005 issue.


  • An article on the English artist and poet William Morris and his political connections to Ireland in the 1880s. From the spring 2000 issue.


  • A related letter on Morris and Ireland. From the autumn 2000 issue.


 Fintan Lane


Free-to-download PDF book: Long Bullets – A History of Road Bowling in Ireland

While attending a seminar on e-books at the 2015 London Book Fair, I was reminded of something said to me over a pint the previous night: we live in an age when out-of-print should no longer mean out-of-circulation. The point was made in relation to one of my books.

Long Bullets: A History of Road Bowling in Ireland sold out completely within a year of its publication in late 2005 and it became ridiculously difficult for those interested in the topic to find a copy of the book, mentioned in the Lonely Planet Guide to Ireland as the go-to history of the sport. I’ve noticed that second-hand copies occasionally pop up on eBay or Amazon, often with a price tag of more than €100, which is far too much for a book that originally retailed at €19.99.

Sooo, to save people a few quid and to increase its circulation, I’ve decided to make it available, warts and all, as a free-to-download PDF. Better read than dead.

You can download the PDF of the book by clicking this link: Long_Bullets

Fintan Lane

Road bowlers in Ireland, c.1800

Parnellism and James Joyce

This short article by Fintan Lane – free to download – was published in the James Joyce Quarterly in 1999. It traces the friendship between James Joyce’s father and the Parnellite and agrarian radical Daniel Hishon (1851-1919), who was born in County Limerick but lived out his final years in Portobello, Dublin. Hishon died at his home at 4 Kingsland Parade on 25 June 1919.

Click here for the article: hishon

Some information on James Joyce’s father: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Stanislaus_Joyce