2004 Press Releases

22 Nov 2004

Launch of France-Ireland: Anatomy of a Relationship. Studies in History, Literature and Politics, Eamon Maher and Grace Neville

Why did the Liberator, Daniel O'Connell, declare that he hated France 'with a mortal hatred'? How did Wolfe Tone, whose command of French was poor, manage to negotiate with the French authorities and persuade them to send an invading force to Ireland? Why were academics from the UCD French Department imprisoned during the War of Independence? Why were Irish students in Paris in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries infamous for street fighting? What light can French literary criticism shed on Fianna Fail's motto: 'A lot done, more to do'? These and other questions are addressed and answered in a volume of essays edited by Dr Eamon Maher and Dr Grace Neville launched at University College Cork (today) 18 November.

Entitled France-Ireland: Anatomy of a Relationship. Studies in History, Literature and Politics (Hamburg: Peter Lang, 2005) this book is a collection of wide-ranging essays on the long-standing links between Ireland and France in the areas of literature, politics and history. Dr Grace Neville (editor) lectures in French at UCC whilst Dr Eamon Maher (editor) lectures in French at IT Tallaght.

Professor Joe Lee, Glucksman Chair of Irish Studies at New York University and formerly Head of the UCC's History Department, has written of this book: "The essays in this volume will always inform, frequently command enthusiastic assent, and doubtless occasionally provoke vigorous dissent. They represent one of the most important contributions third-level institutions can make to the future of Ireland, through deepening understanding of the nature of a long, enriching and intriguing relationship between our two countries, thus enhancing Irish awareness of wider issues involved in locating ourselves in a rapidly changing world."

Professor Dermot Keogh, Head of the Department of History, UCC, launched the book at the John Smith University Bookshop, UCC.

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