Paddy McEvoy, Author and Teacher

Dan Healy's Review of the Disobedient Irish History, Book 1

"Many of the ideas are novel to me; but it was the overall style that kept me going: trenchant, pungent, hyperbolic, scathing, often highly original ("flame-brained young men")...

One is amazed at the range and originality of the questions he poses, and then answers, in order to debunk, deconstruct or just caricature the myths by which most of the Irish live...an idioscyncratic, scattergun, iconoclastic approach, in the manner of a columnist...attempts to construct a replacement narrative, one that excoriates Rome while rehabilitating Britain...

Most of the questions concern the what-ifs, might have beens, could have beens of Irish history...'Rome' is, for the last 500 years or so, the great elephant-in-the-room, bugbear, bete noire, eminence grise, hypocritical,wily, scheming meddler, enslaver...how different our history would have been had we accepted the Act of Supremacy, declared allegiance in spiritual matters to Henry Tudor and rejected forever the historic claims of the Bishop of Rome, Patriarch of the West...Vatican is mentioned 35 times, Roman 76 times and Rome 83 times (some of the latter referring to the Roman empire)...

But there are also questions about such weighty matters as Fr. Ted, the Rose of Tralee festival, the fate of the Irish crown jewels...

He makes liberal use of the single commas (e.g. 'freedom fighter') to express indirectly his true feelings...you know his feelings when he writes Mr Pearse...

I detected a certain schadenfreude at the mess made by the modern Irish state ... and I really enjoyed the udders section ....."

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