In this entertaining and engaging book, based on the popular ‘On This Day’ segment from Drivetime on RTÉ Radio 1, Myles Dungan delivers little-known episodes from the history of Ireland, and Irish people at home and abroad, bringing fresh perspectives on the lives of both the renowned and the notorious. The book features a diverse mix of Irish luminaries, from giants of Irish history such as Charles Stewart Parnell, Michael Collins and Grace O’Malley, to literary legends Brendan Behan, W. B. Yeats, Francis Ledwidge and Maria Edgeworth, to Cork-born champion of the working man, Mary Harris a.k.a. ‘Mother Jones’, as well as an array of rebels, courtesans, composers and bandits. Featuring pieces from as early as the thirteenth century and from as late as the mid twentieth century, as well as irreverent illustrations from Annie West, this distinctive work is an original and accessible account of the trivial and tremendous moments from Irish history.

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