I Am of Ireland: Women of the North Speak Out


Irish women talk passionately about their lives, beliefs, and hopes for their embattled land

Available for the first time in paperback, this book provides an intimate look at the troubles in Northern Ireland. In a moving collection of interviews with Irish women, Elizabeth Shannon reveals them to be as diverse, charming, maddening, and contradictory as the country itself. This new edition, expanded and updated, contains follow-up interviews with many of the same Catholic and Protestant women who were featured in the original edition, as well as an analysis of the new women's political movement in Northern Ireland.

"An absolutely unforgettable book of fire and compassion, anger and anguish ... a cry from the embattled and long-suffering women of Northern Ireland that goes beyond politics and prejudice to the heart of the conflict". -- Senator Edward M. Kennedy

"We hear from unionists and loyalists, upper-class and slum women, patriotic prison widows enunciating a party line, and women brutalized because of religious or political affiliation. The range shatters the stereotype of Irish women as voiceless and subservient to their men. Shannon's interviews reverberate with contradiction, poignancy, passion, and remarkable humor". -- Publishers Weekly

"The most enlightening book about modern-day Ulster that I have read". -- Mary McGrory, Washington Post

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Amherst, MA
Publication year:
  • 1997
  • Revised


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