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A Social History of Rural Ireland in the 1950s

Remembering Crotta

Author(s): John Galvin

Book Description

This book offers a brief history of Crotta Great House, County Kerry, Ireland, now in ruins, where Horatio Herbert Kitchener spent his boyhood years. These ruined walls, which rose out of the ashes of the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland, loom large throughout the author’s own childhood years; their crumbling remains both a monument to and an echo of the past.

Part memoir and part social history, it interweaves historical research with the author’s own personal memories to create an unsentimental snapshot of a moment in Ireland’s recent past embedded within a broader historical backdrop. The writing shifts seamlessly between the past and present tense to graphically portray experiences of growing up in the prevailing culture and conditions of the time – bringing to life the atmosphere of the 1950s and ’60s in rural Ireland as seen through the eyes of a child.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-4493-2
ISBN-10: 1-4438-4493-4
Date of Publication: 01/03/2017
Pages / Size: 208 / A5
Price: £46.99


John Galvin is a retired teacher who taught in four different locations in Limerick, including Mary Immaculate College. In his early career, he worked at Holy Rosary Teacher College, Nigeria, and, on retiring, volunteered his services to Jinggangshan University, China. He holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Limerick, Ireland, and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Sheffield, UK. This is his first book.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-0357-1
ISBN-10: 1-5275-0357-7
Date of Publication: 01/01/2018
Pages / Size: 208 / A5
Price: £29.99