Academic work explores the Irish relationship with liquor
'A NATION of Extremes -- The Pioneers in Twentieth Century Ireland' was first published as a hardback in 1999 and as a paperback in 2008.
It explores the Irish relationship with alcohol and the Pioneer movement, which was focused on total abstinence.
The Pioneers formed in 1898, and by the mid-1950s had a membership of nearly half a million.
Prof Ferriter's book examines this temperance movement amid the ambiguities and conflicts within society at the time.
It says that despite the Pioneers, "the stereotype of the Irish as a nation of heavy drinkers continues unabated, aided by vast expenditure on alcohol.
"As the century progressed two diametrically opposed cultures -- abstinence and heavy drinking -- were lying alongside each other."