Redmond brings to life seven pivotal years in Irish history, when the campaign for Home Rule seized the imagination of a nation and brought Ireland to the brink of a negotiated settlement with Britain. The architect of this campaign was John Redmond, the shrewd and assured leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party.
Opening with euphoric scenes on Dublin’s O’Connell St when tens of thousands assembled in support of Home Rule, Redmond tells his story during these years. It charts his path from power broker in the British parliament in 1910, when Home Rule for Ireland seemed a fait accompli, to public enemy by 1917, when, in the wake of World War I, Irish nationalist politics migrated from the parliamentary chamber to the barricade.
Redmond succeeds in weaving a complex portrait of a forgotten hero of Irish politics and the personalities – from Churchill to Carson, de Valera to Lloyd George – who aided and, ultimately, frustrated his life’s work.
Dramatic and immersive, Redmond is a provocative reassessment of one of Ireland’s most brilliant political minds.
‘At last, a biography that recognises the role played by Redmond in the creation of modern Ireland. Chris Dooley brings the man and his times vividly to life in this excellent account. Full of intelligence and sympathy, it is a book that deserves to be read by anyone who wants to understand how our country came into being.’
Fergal Keane, BBC
‘A gripping story which skilfully weaves considerable research and telling details to illuminate the story of Redmond and Home Rule.’
David McCullagh, RTÉ
Chris Dooley is a journalist at The Irish Times. He joined the newspaper in 1997 and is currently foreign editor, having previously held posts including opinion editor, deputy news editor and south-east correspondent. Prior to joining The Irish Times, he was a reporter at the Irish Press group. This is his first book. From Co. Offaly, he lives in Stoneybatter, Dublin.