East Galway agrarian agitation and the burning of Ballydugan House, 1922
‘[O’Riordan’s] work demonstrates the value of local studies in attempts to understand the events of this period. It is a fascinating story of a family and their relationship with the surrounding area’, Fionnuala Walsh, Family & Community History (October 2016).
‘Anne O’Riordan’s interesting book shows the varied interests of the Burke family with Michael’s (landlord and owner of Ballydugan House) younger brother, Bobby, becoming a well-known Christian socialist who was involved in the campaign to eradicate tuberculosis, while Michael achieved notoriety as a headstrong, provocative and difficult man … O’Riordan has appropriately gone beyond the immediate and looked at the long-term consequences of the burning of the Big House’, Brian Casey, Irish Literary Supplement (Spring 2017).
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