- Format: Hardcover
- ISBN: 978-0-7190-9113-1
- Pages: 272
- Price: £85.00
- Published Date: July 2018
The first book to examine in detail the impact of the Northern Irish Troubles on southern Irish society. This study vividly illustrates how life in the Irish Republic was affected by the conflict north of the border and how people responded to the events there. It documents popular mobilization in support of northern nationalists, the reaction to Bloody Sunday, the experience of refugees and the popular cultural debates the conflict provoked. For the first time the human cost of violence is outlined, as are the battles waged by successive governments against the IRA. Focusing on debates at popular level rather than among elites, the book illustrates how the Troubles divided southern opinion and produced long-lasting fissures.
'The book is to be credited for looking beyond radicals to consider the experience of what the author terms the "average southerner". There is a real mastery of the press material in evidence.'
British Association for Irish Studies Book Prize judging panel
'There is a danger of making sweeping generalisations about reason replacing emotion and a partitionist mindset taking hold again quickly in the Republic as the Troubles deepened. . Brian Hanley, in his engaging book, has argued for a more nuanced assessment. There was considerable diversity on the question of the North in the mainstream media in the Republic, as well as an ongoing, strong identification with the idea of a united Ireland even after years of sustained violence.'
Diarmaid Ferriter, author of The Border: The Legacy of a Century of Anglo-Irish Politics
'The great value of a book like is that it replaces the twenty-twenty vision of hindsight with an examination of how things actually looked at the time. . Hanley is clear eyed in teasing out the ambiguities and ambivalences of attitudes during the period in question. . Skilfully wrought, shaped by assiduous research and intelligent analysis.'
Saothar: Journal of Irish Labour History
'Brian Hanley has written a valuable study of how the first 10 years of the Troubles affected the Republic. . He has compiled a wide-ranging examination of many areas including the Fianna Fáil and coalition governments, smaller radical groups or micro-parties, some with influence that exceeded their membership, as well as trade unions, sport, the media and popular culture. In it we hear voices from across Irish society, from all shades of class, religion and political opinion. . A study of a complex issue that defies trite analysis or divisions.'
Niamh Purseil, The Irish Times
'Historian Brian Hanley has done lovely work on reports and documents, then and later, on the flight of northerners across the border 1969-75. Hanley has also found warm, even loving support, people from the deepest south taking miserable, terrified northerners, mostly from Belfast, into their homes. He has used so many records from the time, radio and television as well as print, that the effect is documentary.'
Fionnuala O'Connor, The Irish News
'The impact of the Troubles on the Republic during the 1970s in terms of public reaction has been infrequently studies. Brian Hanley has done an exceptional job in trying to fill the gap.'
A note on government, society and terminology
Introduction: Boiling volcano? The impact of the Northern Irish Troubles on the Republic of Ireland, 1968-79
1 'Something deep was stirring'
2 'The nation on the march'
3 'It's all going to start down here'
4 Offences against the state, 1970-72
5 'Are we trying to create a new Chile here?'
6 Refugees and runners
7 'The other minority'
8 'But then they started all this killing'
9 'They want to tell lies about our history'
10 'Practically a foreign country'
Brian Hanley a historian and author. His previous books include The Lost Revolution: The Story of the Official IRA and the Workers' Party (Penguin).