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.