Interview date: 20 June 2009
What book do you wish you had written?
I do not wish I had written books that I have read by other authors, admirable though many are. However, there are a number of books I have imagined that if time and circumstances had permitted I would like to write – and might yet do so.
What would you do if you were not a historian?
I have no idea. I would like to think I might have been a journalist.
When was the last time you looked at wikipedia?
About a month ago.
What event had the greatest impact on history in Ireland?
It depends on the era of which you speak. In the prehistoric era the emergence of Agriculture; in the historic era the slow but ultimately successful conquest of famine.
What book are you currently reading?
Iain McCalman, The seven ordeals of Count Cagliostros (2003).
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