Cenel Conaill And the Donegal Kingdoms, AD 500-800.
From roughly AD 500 to 1000, the kings of Tara were drawn from the dynasties known as the Uí Néill, which comprised a southern group based in the east midlands and a northern group originating from Donegal. About midway through this period there was a significant shift in the internal politics of Donegal, with consequent 'national' repercussions.
This book examines in detail those Donegal kingdoms, their monuments and landscapes. It results from thirty years of fieldwork and study by the author, and innovatively integrates the evidence of archaeology, history and ancient literature.
The first two – perhaps the first three – genuinely historical figures described as kings of Ireland came from Donegal, as did influential early churchmen, Colum Cille and Adomnán. Through their initiation and development of the 'annals', the recording of Irish history might be said, arguably, to be a Donegal invention. This book puts all these important individuals and events into their political and cultural contexts.
Brian Lacey is CEO of the Discovery Programme, Ireland's institute for advanced archaeological research. He has had a varied career, north and south of the Irish border, as an archaeologist, historian and museologist, and is author of many publications dealing with the archaeology and history of the northwest of Ireland.
Ulster's White Negroes
Ulster's White Negroes is an invaluable work for those who wish to understand how a struggle for basic civil liberties in Ireland developed into an all-out revolutionary war: a war that has claimed more than 3,000 lives and has raged, with little respite, for more than a quarter of a century. The book outlines the early years of the civil rights movement, and the new wave of working class Catholics, in Derry and elsewhere, who were no longer willing to be treated as second-class citizens. It documents in detail the growing confrontation with the State, leading to the introduction of troops in 1969, the massacre in 1972 of thirteen unarmed demonstrators on Bloody Sunday, and the subsequent collapse of Stormont.
Ulster's White Negroes is not another academic textbook. As an activist within the Derry Unemployed Action Committee and the Derry Housing Action Committee and the cofounder of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association, Fionbarra O'Doctartaigh was, and is, an integral part of the struggle.
O'Doherty's Rebellion: The London Newsbooks
By 1608 Sir Cahir O'Doherty was the only remaining Gaelic chieftain still ruling in Ireland. His attempts to peacefully co-exist with the English government ultimately failed and he rebelled burning the city of Derry and killing the governor. Several months later he was hunted down and killed. His head was put on a pike in Dublin. This book reproduces three newsbooks that appeared in London that year. There is an introduction explaining the historical context and history of the O'Doherty name.