By Kevin O’Sullivan
Ever wondered what everyone is actually reading on Pue’s? If you’re a stat-addict like me, then the answer is probably yes. If you haven’t, then you probably live a healthier, more carefree life, but at least you might find something in this list that you might have missed. Here, in order of their publication, are the fifteen most-read pieces that have been posted on Pue’s over the past two years. (You’ll notice that most of them are from 2009 and 2010 and have therefore had more time to accumulate hits. It would be more accurate, of course, to come up with some way of averaging the views per day or something entirely more elaborate, but I don’t have the time for that, so this will have do…)
A few of my favourites, 3 July 2009
Tina introduces us to the best in eighteenth-century fiction.
Not quite Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, 20 July 2009
Lisa discovers Max Fleischer’s animated classic.
How to turn your PhD into a book: Part 1, prepare a book proposal, 17 September 2009
The first in Juliana’s guide to getting your PhD published.
Review: the Human Zoo on Channel 4, 1 November 2009
Juliana watches Channel 4’s re-telling of the life of Ota Benga.
The Kennelly Photographic Archive, 20 November 2009
Ciara Breathnach tells us about the archive’s wealth of photographic evidence of social change in Ireland between 1953 and 1973.
A historian’s view of Tuesday’s public sector strike, 23 November 2009
Brian Hanley on the reaction to government cutbacks.
Review: Conor Kostick – Revolution in Ireland: popular militancy, 1917-1923, 11 December 2009
Justin Dolan Stover reviews Kostick’s history of revolutionary Ireland.
De Valera, black flour and the Emergency, or tings I lernt over de Christmas, 5 January 2010
In which Kevin and Pue’s readers try to re-create a song.
It began in Africa: a brief history of NGOs, the media and emergency aid, 21 January 2010
Kevin recalls the emergence of NGOs and the phenomenon of the media famine.
Top Five: Political Cartoons, 25 January 2010
Felix M. Larkin provides us with an introduction to the best in books about political cartoons.
Crisis facing the National Archives of Ireland, 28 January 2010
Peter Crooks on the plight of our national archives in recessionary times.
Divisive memories, 25 April 1945: Italy’s day of liberation, 25 April 2010
Niamh Cullen on the 65th anniversary of the end of fascism.
Auxiliary Cadets and the ‘Black and Tans’, 27 April 2010
Donal Fallon on misunderstanding the War of Independence.
Peter Hart (1963-2010), 3 August 2010
In which Fearghal McGarry recalls the life of the Irish historian.
Seachtar na Cásca – The Easter Seven, 15 October 2010
A review of the TG4 series, by Joanne McEntee