Diarmuid Ferriter – On the Edge (Booked Out)
Historian Diarmuid Ferriter discusses his new book On The Edge – Ireland’s off-shore islands: a modern history. Followed by Q&A.
By documenting the island experiences and the social, cultural and political reaction to them over the last 100 years, On the Edge, published by Profile Books, examines why this exodus has happened,and the gulf between the rhetoric that elevated island life and the reality of the political hostility towards them.It uncovers, though state and private archives, personal memoirs, newspaper coverage, and the author’s personal travels, the realities behind the “dreadful rocks”, and the significance of the experiences of, and reactions to, those who were and remain, literally, on the very edge of European civilisation.
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Diarmaid Ferriter is one of Ireland’s best- known historians and is Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD. His most recent book is A Nation and not a Rabble: The Irish Revolution 1913-23 (2015). His books include The Transformation of Ireland 1900-2000 (2004), Occasions of Sin: Sex and Society in Modern Ireland (2009) and Ambiguous Republic: Ireland in the 1970s (2012), all published by Profile. He is a regular broadcaster on television and radio and a weekly columnist with the Irish Times. In 2010 he presented a three-part history of twentieth century Ireland, The Limits of Liberty, on RTE television.