Edited by Jason Knirck ’96 MA, ’00 PhD, Mel Farrell, and Ciara Meehan
Irish Academic Press: 2015
Knirck, a history professor at Central Washington University, and his fellow editors and contributors chronicle the events in Irish history during the ’20s, when Ireland underwent transformations in national identity and allegiances. Knirck’s contribution examines the role of the loyal opposition, the Irish Farmers’ Party.
Zen and the Art of Dog Walking
By G. Ray Sullivan Jr. ’73
Deeds Publishing: 2015
Sullivan authored this collection of photographs and musings as a simple descriptive journey of how he discovered natural beauty … » More …
Once upon a time, Ireland was mostly forest. In prehistoric and early historic times, trees covered an estimated 90-95 percent of the landscape. But English invasions, rebellions, and industrial demands moved the landscape toward its modern austere treelessness.
A hundred years ago, barely 1 percent of Ireland was forested. Now forest has reclaimed 10 percent of the landscape, and the Irish government would like to raise that coverage to 17 percent. Toward that goal, it has mounted a reforestation campaign, backed by a program of grants to landowners to plant trees. Trouble is, the Irish haven’t been used to seeing forest as part of their … » More …