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Wolfe Tone

and the Common Name of Irishman

By: Hubert Butler

Publication Date: 1 January 1985

An important study of the dynamics behind Tone’s ideal, which disentangles the roots of racialism and nationalism in Ireland, and questions the causes of division between North and South. Hubert Butler contends – with precision and passion – that the way forward lies through an understanding of the past and a return to the world of small-scale and personal dimensions.


Hubert Butler was born in Kilkenny on 23 October 1900. Educated in England at Charterhouse and St John’s College, Oxford, he travelled extensively throughout Europe during the twenties and thirties before returning in 1941 to Co. Kilkenny, where he lived until his death in 1991. Market gardener, broadcaster, journalist and historian, his published works include Escape from the Anthill, The Children of Drancy, and In the Land of Nod, all of which won him international recognition. A one volume selection, The Sub-Prefect Should Have Held His Tongue, is available from Alan Lane Penguin in London; a further selection, Independent Spirit, appeared with Farrar, Straus & Giroux in New York in 1995.

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Publication Date

1 January 1985