Tuesday 16 January 2018

The long battle of the history men

Two of Ireland's heavyweight history authors have squared up over the legacy of Eamon de Valera

Book wars: Diarmaid Ferriter Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD, and writer Tim Pat Coogan, author of '1916: The Mornings After', have clashed over the legacy of Eamon de Valera (main)
Book wars: Diarmaid Ferriter Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD, and writer Tim Pat Coogan, author of '1916: The Mornings After', have clashed over the legacy of Eamon de Valera (main)
Diarmaid Ferriter
Tim Pat Coogan
Liam Collins

Liam Collins

The Irish Civil War may have been bloody, but the legacy of its chief protagonist, Eamon de Valera, is still causing carnage and conflict - as witnessed by the latest episode in the tit-for-tat skirmishes between author Tim Pat Coogan and historian Diarmaid Ferriter.

Last weekend it was the turn of Ferriter, Professor of Modern Irish History at University College Dublin and author of Judging Dev, to unleash a biting critique of Coogan's new book, 1916: The Mornings After - From the Courts Martial to the Tribunals.

The spat has taken on all the appearances of the Civil War itself, with Ferriter, the academic historian in the Dev corner, and Coogan, the popular historical author in the Collins colours.

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