‘An Eminent Dublin Victorian’ – Book Review of ‘Raising Dublin, Raising Ireland: A Friar’s Campaigns’

The Irish Catholic newspaper recently reviewed Professor Fergus D’Arcy’s latest book Raising Dublin, Raising Ireland: A Friar’s Campaigns.

They describe the book as:

“… a fitting tribute to Fr Spratt, undoubtedly one of Dublin’s eminent Victorians.”

You can read the full review here:


Book Launch of Raising Dublin, Raising Ireland

The launch of Fergus D’Arcy’s new book, Raising Dublin, Raising Ireland, took place in the Carmelite Community Centre on Thursday, June 21st.

Special accolade for Remembering the War Dead

In 2009, UCD historian Fergus D’Arcy was presented with a special award by the judging panel of the Ewart-Biggs Memorial Award for his book Remembering the War Dead.

This accolade was due to the book’s ‘powerful and judicious’ exploration of how the Irish State and people have remembered their war dead.

The Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize is awarded to a book, a play or a piece of journalism that best promotes peace and reconciliation in Ireland, a greater understanding between the peoples of Britain and Ireland, or closer co-operation between partners of the European Community.

You can read more on the UCD website and browse the past winners on the Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize website (Remembering the War Dead is listed under the 2007-2008 winners).

Fergus D’Arcy takes part in RTE’s Our War: The Great Debate series

On the 10th November 2008, Fergus D’Arcy took part in a public debate in Dublin City Library and Archive, hosted by RTÉ Radio 1 presenter and historian, Myles Dungan. The was part of the RTE Our War: The Great Debate series and was transmitted on Thursday, 13th November, 2008.

Extract from the RTE website:

On the 90th anniversary of the end of the Great war and as part of the Thomas Davis lecture series reflecting the experience or ordinary Irish people during the war and the effect the war had and continues to have on Irish society there will be three public debates in front of an invited audience examining the Morality, Memory and Legacy of the Great War for Ireland. The debates will be chaired by Myles Dungan and will feature a panel of historians and expert commentators.

The radio programme can be heard by clicking on the link below (you will need Real Player installed to hear this):


Review of REMEMBERING THE WAR DEAD broadcast on RTE Radio 1

8th November 2008:

The RTE Radio 1 programme ‘Off the Shelf’ reviews Remembering the War Dead by Fergus D’Arcy. The panel includes Kevin Myers and Charles Lysaght.

Extract from the RTE website:

From the 1920s the Office of Public Works has been responsible for the graves of those who died in the two World Wars and are buried and commemorated in the Republic of Ireland. On the whole island there are at least 5,700 such war graves, over 3,100 in the Republic and 2,600 in Northern Ireland. The history of those 3,000 plus war dead in the Republic, how they came to be there, and how the Irish Government came to be responsible for them has now been captured by Professor D’Arcy in his book, Remembering the War Dead.

The radio programme can be heard by clicking on the link below (you will need Real Player installed to hear this):


You can find out more information about Remembering the War Dead by Fergus D’Arcy here.

RTE Interview with David Davin Power, 2011

Wed 18 May 2011 on the history of the Irish National War Memorial Gardens, Islandbridge, on the occasion of the visit there by H.M Queen Elizabeth II.


Appearance of Fergus D’Arcy on RTE’s Nationwide, 2008 

Fergus D’Arcy appeared on RTE’s Nationwide programme which commemorated Armistice Day on 10th November 2008.  This was a special programme marking the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War.