Understanding Ireland's history - a brief introduction

The history of Ireland is a complicated chronicle of invasion, conquest, rebellion and identity. It is intertwined with myths, legends and the stories of the heroes and villains who over the centuries have determined Ireland’s fate. It is a country still coming to terms with the memory of its past, and what that consists of is perhaps its last great battlefield. Ireland’s relationship with Britain dominates much of its story and is a theme which still colours our sense of who we are.

Some useful sources:

Jonathan Bardon - A History of Ulster

ATQ Stewart - The Summer Soldiers; the 1798 rebellion in Antrim and Down

Roy Foster - Modern Ireland 1600-1972

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