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A history of the Irish Naval Service / Aidan McIvor, with a foreword by John E. Moore..

By: McIvor, Aidan [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Blackrock Co. Dublin : Portland, OR : Irish Academic Press, International Specialized Bk. Services [distributor], 1994Copyright date: ©1994Description: 256 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm.ISBN: 0716525232.Subject(s): Ireland. Irish Naval Service | Ireland -- Naval histroyDDC classification: 359.009417
List(s) this item appears in: Dr. Raymond Fielding Collection
Item type Current library Call number Copy number Status Date due Barcode Item holds
General Lending MTU National Maritime College of Ireland Library Lending 359.009417 (Browse shelf(Opens below)) 1 Available 00180712
General Lending MTU National Maritime College of Ireland Library Lending 359.009417 (Browse shelf(Opens below)) 1 Available 00010364
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This book chronicles the important role of Ireland's seabourne military forces in the Civil War and in the Emergency and explains the rebirth of the Irish Naval Service in the past two decades. Ever since the Boreal Seas rose sufficiently to form the islands of Ireland and Britain some 8000 years ago, both have been dependant on water transport for their being. Their history has been formed by the sea from the days of the later Stone Age cultures to the present. In this century there have been so many changes to the approach of the Irish to the sea that Aidan McIvor's book is both timely and necessary. Much has been written about the manifold problems of Ireland and many books deal with her extraordinary history. But this is a book in a different category. Based on a great deal of research, it is the tale of the maritime country which, since the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921, has consistently turned her back to the sea unless unusual events have caused a temporary change of heart.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-251) and index.

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The Irish Naval Service is not one of the world's major navies, nor has it been in existence for very long. The naval and maritime defense of Ireland (Eire) had been the responsibility of the British Royal Navy until the Irish Republic became independent. The British gave up treaty ports in 1935 rather than have to defend them from the landward side. Ironically, the Irish then found themselves menaced by renewed German U-boat warfare and the possibility of a German invasion in 1939-45. This led to the hasty expansion of the army and of the naval service, as well as to a serious augmentation of the air arm. The Irish Naval Service as such was not established until 1946. The dilemmas of the Service were well put when it was noted in 1961 that to carry out assigned tasks it needed 37 modern vessels, but in fact it had three WW II corvettes. No action was taken. McIvor has written an interesting work on a very small force faced with all the problems of a smaller power. General readers, graduate students, and above. R. Higham; Kansas State University

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