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Reverend Gaughan deserves a lot of credit for bringing this memoir into a published format. Joseph Connolly was a significant Irish historical figure yet unknown to a lot of people. The book gives a significant introduction to life in Belfast in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and into nationalist politics at this time. Eamon Phoenix’s “Northern Nationalism” is a useful collaborative piece to some of this. From the Rising onwards Connolly spent most of his political career in what became the Free State, despite being a candidate in Antrim in 1918. He would oppose the Treaty and remain with the political side of Sinn Féin and then became a founder of Fianna Fáil. Despite his senior position several biographies and photographs either misrepresent him or overlook him completely. This work has gone some way towards rehabilitating his contribution to Irish political life both as a Minister and as a public servant.