Flor Mac Carthy Flor MacCarthy The Presidents' Letters: An Unexpected History of Ireland

€24.95

Code 9781848407695

A gorgeously produced homage to the art of the letter, comprising letters to and from the Presidents of Ireland.

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Shortlisted for the An Post Irish Book Awards Irish-Published Book of the Year A TREASURE TROVE OF LETTERS TO AND FROM OUR NINE PRESIDENTS FROM 1938 TO THE PRESENT DAY

With over 400 letters, memos, cards, telegrams, drawings, notes and photographs, The Presidents' Letters reveals a personal
and unexpected story of Ireland since the inauguration of our first president, Douglas Hyde. Most of these have never been published before and a handful have never been seen by the public. They are letters of congratulations, of resignation, of sympathy. A handwritten note froma president to a queen, a message sent to the moon, a fond farewell from a poet.

There are letters of joy and loss, begging letters and
threatening ones, sent from palaces, parliaments and prisons, from war zones, refugee camps and homeless shelters. Meticulously researched and hand-picked for this unique book, these correspondences bring to life our presidents, Áras an Uachtaráin and all those who have passed through its doors. The Presidents' Letters is a beautiful homage to the art of the letter, exploring how each of our presidents defined their eras and how they strengthened the relationship between Ireland and all who identify as Irish.

The book is divided into thematic sections, rather than separate chapters on the individual presidencies and featuring contributions in the form of one-page chapter introductions to
contextualise the correspondence.

Contributors include: David McCullagh | Rory Montgomery | Martina Devlin | Catriona Crowe | Samantha Barry | Joseph O'Connor | Harry McGee | Lise Hand | Justine McCarthy | Paul Rouse | Terri Kearney


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