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Editing Personal Diaries for Publication by Cormac K.H. O’Malley
Posted by Cormac K.H. O’Malley in , , .

There were many issues involved in publishing ‘Nobody’s Business’: The Aran Diaries of Ernie O’Malley which might be of interest to anyone who reads a published diary or who might...

Writing History by Tim Carey: Hanged for Murder

Much of what is written and discussed about the ‘process’ of writing usually refers to the writing of novels.  Discussion about fiction writing is all about inspiration, plot, voice.  But...

Proving the Paranormal: States of Denial
Posted by Carl Nally & Dermot Bulter in , .

States Of Denial: The Tuskar Rock Incident And Other Mysteries has recently been published by Mercier Press. The authors, Carl Nally and Dermot Butler reveal how much research must go...

Starting Your Family History
Posted by John Grenham in .

John Grenham is an expert on tracing your ancestors, and is shortly to appear at Waterford Writers Weekend (22nd-24th March). We asked him for some tips for anyone interested in...

Can You Keep a Secret? Robert Carry

Please note that this article is unsuitable for readers under the age of 18. Can You Keep a Secret? stemmed from an article I wrote about year and a half...

Mark McShane’s Neutral Shores

Dundalk born Mark McShane’s debut Neutral Shores, Ireland and the Battle of the Atlantic,  was penned mainly at sea, where he was serving as chief officer on liquefied natural gas tankers managed...

Gathering Oral History with Bernard Ó Ceallaigh
Posted by Bernard Ó Ceallaigh in , .

The idea for my PhD thesis, which later became a book, came initially from my parents-in-law. Sitting at the dinner table one night, my mother-in-law explained to me the story...

Writing Blasphemers & Blackguards: The Irish Hellfire Clubs

When I was studying in NUI Galway in the late 1990s, one of the books I consulted for my Master’s thesis was Sean Connolly’s Religion, Law and Power, the subject of which...

Researching Local History: The Flame and the Candle by Dominic Price
Posted by Dominic Price in , .

In 2008 I set out to research some extra background on the the men and women from County Mayo who were involved in the War of Independence. This interest arose...

The Etiquette of Interviewing
Posted by Damian Corless in , .

Damian Corless, author of You’ll Ruin Your Dinner, the ideal gift book for anyone with a sweet tooth, reveals his tips for the perfect interview, and just what can go wrong…...

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