In January 1843, The Nation, the newspaper of Young Ireland, proclaimed that ‘The history of Ireland has not yet been written’. The Young Irelanders set out to remedy this situation, and James Quinn’s book provides an excellent and long-overdue examination of why Young Ireland attached such importance to the writing of history and the impact these writings had.

The book is relatively short (running to 147 pages with an additional 26 pages of biographical notes). Quinn focuses on a range of publications produced by the Young Ireland movement and by individuals closely associated with it. Beginning with the establishment of The Nation newspaper (the most well-known publication associated with the Young Irelanders) Quinn also examines the texts that influenced these nationalists. The book then moves through the early writings of the Young Ireland movement, the impact of their split with Daniel O’Connell...

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