Oct. 5, 2006 • Volume 15 Number 3

Center for Irish Programs Executive Director Thomas Hachey speaks with (L-R) former Irish prime minister Garret FitzGerald, State Sen. Steven Tolman and Burns Librarian Robert OĆ­Neill at a reception held to mark publication of Britain & Ireland: Lives Entwined II. (Photo by Joan Seidel)

BC Hosts Launch of Book on Anglo-Irish Relations

Boston College was the setting late last month for the official launch of a new volume of essays exploring the complex relationship between Britain and Ireland.

Dignitaries including former Prime Minister of Ireland Garret FitzGerald and former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Paul Murphy gathered at Connolly House on Sept. 21 to mark the publication of Britain & Ireland: Lives Entwined II.

The book - a follow-up to last year's well-received volume of the same name, and to a 2004 report on young Irish people's attitudes toward the United Kingdom - contains writings from politicians, scholars, journalists and other observers from Britain, Ireland and the United States. Contributors include European Union Ambassador to the US John Bruton, Boston Globe writer Kevin Cullen, Northern Irish civil rights activist Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, Irish Echo editor Ray O'Hanlon, Dublin political leader and commentator Liz O'Donnell and Ed Moloney, author of A Secret History of the IRA.

FitzGerald, Murphy, O'Donnell and Cullen attended the reception and participated in a panel discussion chaired by BC Centre for Irish Programmes-Dublin Director Michael Cronin.

BC Center for Irish Programs Executive Director Thomas Hachey, who co-organized the book launch and offered a welcome at the event, said last week: "This book contains a fresh and contemporary perspective of the subtle but profound ties that bind the Anglo-Irish relationship despite a millennium of strife and division. These essays represent an informed and compelling analysis of the elements and/or issues that continue to shape what every arguably has been one of the more enigmatic and contentious relationships within the international community.

"We at the Center for Irish Programs were therefore very pleased to be able to help mark the release of this book, which we hope will strengthen the Anglo-Irish dialogue."

Along with Hachey, Center for Irish Programs representatives at the book launch included Irish Studies Program co-director Robert Savage and co-founder Assoc. Prof. Kevin O'Neill (History), Irish Institute Director Mary O'Herlihy and Burns Librarian Robert O'Neill.

-Sean Smith

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