AOH Div. 61 Reading List




  • A Pocket History of Irish Rebels - Morgan Llywelyn
    From the daring pirate-queen Grace O'Malley to the fiery Protestant lawyer Theobald Wolfe Tone, the stories behind 18 of Ireland's greatest rebels have been collected in this book.
  • The Essential Library for Irish Americans - Morgan Llywelyn
  • Bloody Sunday: How Michael Collins's Agents Assassinated Britain's Secret Service in Dublin on November 21, 1920 (Paperback)by James Gleeson, Intro by Dermot McEvoy ****

  • Bloody Sunday tells the exciting behind-the-scenes story of the events that led up to the operation and gives a completely new appraisal of "the troubles." It shows Michael Collins as the brilliant leader that he was, and it disperses the fables and fiction that have grown up around Ireland's War of Independence.
    Author James Gleeson saw the "Black and Tans" and "Shinners" in action. He spoke to men who had taken part in the operation-not only the leaders but also the rank and file-as well as men from the British side. His unbiased, factual account is an extraordinary resource for anyone interested in Irish history.
  • Enduring the Most (Paperback) by Francis J. Costello (1995)
    The Life and Death of Terence MacSwiney
  • Irish Rebel: John Devoy and America's Fight for Ireland's Freedom by Terry Golway ****

  • New York Observer columnist Golway follows the stirring life of John Devoy, a convicted Fenian deported in 1871 to America, where he enjoyed a long, dedicated life as a journalist, publisher, political leader, and gun runner for Irish independence.
  • God and the Gun - Martin Dillon
  • The Great Shame: And the Triumph of the Irish in the English-Speaking World (2000) - Thomas Keneally
  • The History of the Irish Race A Popular History of Ireland (1921) by MacManus Seumas
  • The Irish Civil War - Tim Pat Coogan & George Morrison *****
  • The Matter with Ireland by George Bernard Shaw
    Edited by Dan Laurence and David Greene
    A collection of essays and writings by Shaw of topics of the day.
  • Michael Collins: The Man Who Made Ireland - Tim Pat Coogan ****1/2
    Tim Pat Coogan's biography presents the life of a man whose idealistic vigor and determination were matched by his political realism and organizational abilities.
  • Mick: The Real Michael Collins - Peter Hart
  • Rebel Hearts: Journeys within the IRA's Soul
    The result of a 10 year study interviewing actual members of the IRA. ****1/2
  • The Voyage of the Catalpa: A Perilous Journey and Six Irish Rebels' Escape to Freedom by Peter F. Stevens ***
  • Wherever Green Is Worn: The Story of the Irish Diaspora by Tim Pat Coogan ***


  • The Book of Irish Families, Great & Small (Third Edition, Expanded) by Michael C. O'Laughlin *****
  • Clans and families of Ireland by John Grenham ****
  • Irish in America

    Non Fiction - Local Interest

    Murdered by Mumia: A Life Sentence of Loss, Pain and Injustice - by Maureen Faulkner and Michael Smerconish - A must read for anyone from the Philadelphia area that has had to endure the tragic media circus that has given Danny Faulkner's murderer celebrity status.

    Historical Fiction

    Morgan Llywelyn

    Roddy Doyle

    • A Star Called Henry ****
    • The Snapper ***
    • Oh Play That Thing
    • Paddy Clark Ha-Ha-Ha ****
    • The Van

    Dermot McEvoy

    • Terrible Angel - A Novel of Michael Collins in New York ****

    • Dermot McEvoy's witty, suspenseful, and lightning-paced romp through the streets of New York, finds Collins seventy years after his bloody death desparetly seeking to make amends for his violent life by completing one last worldly mission; springing a wrongly accused Irishman from the clutches of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, the British MI-5, and a certain life sentence in a British jail.

    Tom Kelly

    • Empire Rising ****
      EMPIRE RISING is a historical novel that, like the construction of the Empire State Building on which it centers, grows on the listener. The story begins slowly as the extensive cast of characters, ranging from Tammany Hall politicos to the gruffest iron workers, is introduced. The book then evolves into both a love story and an intricately drawn political novel.
    • Payback (reprinted as Sandhogs) ***
      From Library Journal - Kelly uses the cranes that towered over New York during the Reagan-era building boom as a backdrop to his searing tale of greed, corruption, and loyalty. Paddy and Billy Adare are brothers descended from a long line of Irish sandhogs?miners who dig tunnels for cars, subways, and water. After Paddy's boxing career ended due to injury, he turned to crime and became an enforcer for a West Side boss. Billy went to college and is working what he hopes is his last summer as a sandhog before he enters law school. When the sandhogs contract runs out, and powerful contractor Joe Harkness is willing to use extortion, threats, and violence as negotiation tools, Paddy is forced to choose between his profession and his past. The vivid characterizations, crafty pacing, and authentic millieu makes Payback a very impressive debut, despite the race-against-time ending.
    • The Rackets ***
      The Rackets begins with Jimmy Dolan, the advance man for New York's mayor, knocking down Teamster boss Frankie Keefe at Gracie Mansion. Jimmy's dad, Mike, is running against Keefe for the union's top job, and when Keefe makes a smart remark about that, Jimmy can't help himself. The Mayor, who seems to resemble the present mayor of New York City, fires Jimmy, who finds himself returning to his roots in working class Inwood, where he is reunited with an old girlfriend, police officer Tara O'Neil, and an old high school friend, Liam, a veteran of the Gulf War. Jimmy is soon back in the life he thought he had left behind, trying to help his father break the grip that organized crime has on the union.

    Liam O'Flaherty

    Leon Uris

    • Trinity ****
    • Redemption ***

    Myth & Folklore


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