AT ARMS LENGTH Aristocrats in the Republic of Ireland (New Island Press)

Written by Anne Chambers.

AT ARMS LENGTH Aristocrats in the Republic of Ireland (New Island Press) Living in Ireland today, unobtrusive and ignored by the greater Irish public, are the descendants of Ireland’s former ruling ascendancy. Some are directly descended from Ireland’s ancient kings and chieftains, others claim Irish roots merely five hundred years old. But despite their ancestry they are generally regarded as being not of Ireland. Talking to 14 present-day chiefs and peers, who live and work in the Republic of Ireland, in At Arms Length Anne Chambers treats the stand-off between independent Ireland and the descendants of its old aristocracy and traces the historical evolution of this silent division.

Candid and accessible, rich in detail and anecdote, this unique account presents a vibrant portrait of a section of Irish society, a people held at arms length.


’A long-overdue act of inclusion. Meticulously researched, At Arm’s Length is seductive, not only as a rich historical account of Ireland’s former ruling class, but also as a contemporary reflection of the surviving descendants.’ Sunday Business Post

’A fascinating journey of discovery through 2,000 years of our history.’ Sunday Tribune

Genre: Factual

Price: 14.99 euro

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