Brian Girvin is Professor of Politics at the University of Glasgow and Gary Murphy is Senior Lecturer in Politics at Dublin City University.
"The Age of Lemass" focuses on the impact of Sean Lemass on Irish politics and society between 1945 and 1973. Although Lemass had been active in Irish politics from 1916 and became Minister for Industry and Commerce in 1932 in the first de Valera government, the essays here suggest that his influence was greatest after 1945. Lemass developed his thinking to meet the challenges of the post-war world, and although he was sixty in 1959, he sought to modernize Irish society. Thus it can be argued that his influence on contemporary Ireland was greater than that of de Valera.
Foreword by John Horgan
Brian Girvin and Gary Murphy, Whose Ireland? The Lemass era
Political and party competition in post-war Ireland, Niamh Puirseil
From economic nationalism to European Union, Gary Murphy
Emigration, political cultures and the evolution of post-war Irish society, Enda Delaney
Ireland and the productivity drive of post-war Europe, Peter Murray
The 'mainstreaming' of Irish foreign policy, Maurice FitzGerald
Northern Ireland and cross-border co-operation, Michael Kennedy
Church, state and the moral community, Brian Girvin
The politics of educational expansion, John Walsh
A semi-state in all but name? Sean Lemass's film policy, Roddy Flynn
Introducing television in the age of Sean Lemass, Robert Savage
"the book reveal[s] much about one of the most outstanding political leaders this country has ever produced. Seán Lemass was a true exception to the usual run of politicians, a doer rather than a talker, both feet very firmly on the ground."
"The Lemass Era will be welcomed by anyone with an interest in Irish politics and society since the 1950s … [Lemass] linked national progress with an upsurge of patriotism. This he defined as ‘a combination of love of country, pride in its history, traditions and culture, and a determination to add to its prestige and achievements.’ Mold breaker and mold maker indeed."
Irish Literary Supplement
"It will prove to be an invaluable resource for undergraduates taking survey courses in twentieth-century Ireland and the collection should also appeal to a general audience … [chapters] by the established academics provide invaluable summaries of, and gateways to, the authors’ more substantial monographs, while those by the younger scholars promise interesting work to come. The Lemass Era … is a worthwhile addition to an increasingly impressive catalogue of publications from UCD Press on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Irish history."
Mater Dei Institute of Education, Dublin
The English Historical Review CXXIII: 806–808