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Our shop is located on James Street in the beautiful old Georgian part of Westport between the tree-lined Mall and the Octagon, one of the town’s well known landmarks.


West Coast Rare Books

West Coast Rare Books

Westport / Ireland

John de Courcy Ireland. Ireland’s Sea Fisheries.

John de Courcy Ireland. Ireland's Sea Fisheries.

John de Courcy Ireland. Ireland’s Sea Fisheries. A History, First Edition. Dun Laoghaire, The Glendale Press, 1981. 19 x 26 cm, 184 pages with numerous B&W photographs, illustrations, maps and sketches. Original hardcover with dustjacket in protective Mylar. Very good condition. Some shelf wear. Text block clean and bright, no markings or annotations. Name of previous owner on front free end paper. Dust jacket worn on the edges and corners. One small hole in dust jacket near spine.

Dr de Courcy Ireland was born in Lucknow, India, in 1911, the only son of a British army major who died of typhoid after he had been sent to China in 1914.
He was educated in England at Marlborough College and won a history scholarship to Oxford, but was too young to register – so he signed on as a steward on a cargo vessel bound for Argentina at the age of 17. It was a voyage which was to have a lasting impression on his life.
A qualified teacher, Dr de Courcy Ireland was honorary research officer of the Maritime Institute of Ireland and was honoured by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution for over a quarter of a century as honorary secretary of the Dún Laoghaire lifeboat.
He was able to converse fluently in six languages, including Chinese, Arabic, French and Serbo-Croat, and was author of a number of books. He lectured on maritime history in more than 20 countries and was decorated by a number of governments. He was also one of the first non-French nationals to be appointed member of the prestigious Academie de la Marine in Paris.
He and his late wife, Betty, who was a nurse in the Spanish Civil War, were founder members of the Irish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and both were supporters, at various stages, of the northern and southern branches of the Labour Party, the Communist Party, the late Jim Kemmy’s Democratic Socialist Party, Democratic Left and latterly the Socialist Workers’ Party. He was also involved in the Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement and was president of the Ireland-China Friendship Society.

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John de Courcy Ireland. Ireland's Sea Fisheries.
John de Courcy Ireland. Ireland's Sea Fisheries.
John de Courcy Ireland. Ireland's Sea Fisheries.
John de Courcy Ireland. Ireland's Sea Fisheries.
John de Courcy Ireland. Ireland's Sea Fisheries.

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