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The Presidents’ Letters: An Unexpected History of Ireland

A gorgeously produced homage to the art of the letter, comprising letters to and from the Presidents of Ireland.

By Flor MacCarthy | 9781848407695 | Large format illustrated hardback | 304pp | €24.95

Shortlisted for Best Irish-Published Book of the Year.

With over 400 letters, memos, cards, telegrams, drawings, notes and photographs, The Presidents’ Letters reveals a personal and unexpected story of Ireland since the inauguration of our first president, Douglas Hyde.  

Most of these have never been published before and a handful has never been seen by the public. They are letters of congratulations, of resignation, of sympathy. A handwritten note from a president to a queen, a message sent to the moon, a fond farewell from a poet. There are letters of joy and loss, begging letters and threatening ones, sent from palaces, parliaments and prisons, from war zones, refugee camps and homeless shelters. Meticulously researched and handpicked for this unique book, these correspondences bring to life our presidents, Áras an Uachtaráin and all those who have passed through its doors. 

The Presidents’ Letters explores how each of our presidents defined their eras and how they strengthened the relationship between Ireland and all who identify as Irish. 

The book is divided into thematic sections, rather than separate chapters on the individual presidencies and featuring contributions in the form of one-page chapter introductions to contextualise the correspondence. Contributors include David McCullagh | Rory Montgomery | Martina Devlin | Catriona Crowe | Samantha Barry | Joseph O’Connor | Harry McGee | Lise Hand | Justine McCarthy | Paul Rouse | Terri Kearney. 

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