“Great Irish Speeches” contains 50 of the most stirring and memorable speeches in Irish history. From the political oratories of Charles Stewart Parnell, Michael Collins and Eamon De Valera to emotive addresses by the nation’s celebrated poets, writers and musicians, all of the included speeches have had a remarkable impact on the course of Irish and world history. Each speech is preceded by an introduction, which places the address in context and underlines its historical significance, as well as an iconic photograph of the speaker. Presented chronologically, the collection provides tremendous insight into Irish history. The speechmakers include: Edmund Burke; Michael Collins; John Hume; Henry Grattan; Mary McSwiney; Charles J. Haughey; Wolfe Tone; W.B. Yeats; Des O’Malley; John Fitzgibbon; Sir James Craig; Ian Paisley; Robert Emmet; Eamon de Valera; Alan Dukes; Richard Lalor Sheill; Frank Aiken; Mary Robinson; Daniel O’Connell; Sean Lemass; Maire Geoghegan Quinn; Thomas Davis; John F. Kennedy; Seamus Heaney; Bishop David Moriarty; Declan Costello; David Trimble; Charles Stewart Parnell; Neil Blaney; Mary Harney; Michael Davitt; Terence O’Neill; Joe Higgins; John Dillon; Jack Lynch; Micheal Martin; Jim Larkin; Paddy Hillery; Bertie Ahern; Edward Carson; Liam Cosgrave; Tim Collins; John Redmond; Joe Connolly; Gerry Adams; Patrick Pearse; Garret Fitzgerald; and, Mary McAleese.