'If you look back over Irish history, you will probably find no other person who made such an impact as O'Connell. At a time when the people were downtrodden he raised them and showed them how to defeat their conquerors...he showed the power of the people when they speak with one voice.'O'Connell is one of the most significant of Irish politicians. An innovator of democratic politics and a believer in the path of peace. Long given a secondary role in the story of Irish freedom, this short biography will open up this fascinating figure to younger readers. Future titles in this series will include the biographies of Michael Collins, Robert Emmet and Padraic Pearse.
Ultan Macken was born in Galway in 1943. Having studied at University College Galway, he worked briefly as a journalist for the Irish Press Ltd. Macken undertook several teaching posts before becoming a feature writer / sub - editor for the RTE Guide in 1973. He remained in this position before opting for early retirement in September 1990. He then worked as a teacher and as a clerical officer for the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. He wrote a one man show on his father, the acclaimed writer Walter Macken, called My Father, My Son. Author of many books including: Drug Abuse in Ireland, How to Play the Guitar, Eddie Keher's Hurling Life and Mike Murphy's Micro-Quiz.