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Fr John Fahy
Radical Republican and Agrarian Activist (1893-1969)
by Jim Madden
Published:29 June 2012
Father John Fahy is famous in Ireland as a rebel priest. He had close involvement with the Republican cause and had an affiliation with Sinn Fein. He had particular interest in the perennial ‘land question’, the agrarian disputes and the land-starved smallholders impoverished by the tyranny of the comfortable middle-class landlords, many of them British. Madden knew Fahy well, and his biography is not all unstinted praise. He criticises the priest’s often intemperate and venomous attacks and his occasional xenophobia. This is not only the biography of one man, but an examination of a well-documented and exciting period in Irish history, linking the struggle for land, Catholicism and nationalism.
Reviewer: John Irvine (07/08/12)