Before beginning the process of researching on the subject of the United Irish League
(UIL) in Fingal, it is necessary to carryout a review of work that has already been
done. A good place to begin would be the bibliographical site ‘Irish History Online’.
However, in the case of new work not yet listed on the above, it is prudent to access a
search-engine site such as ‘Google’. One must then broaden the search by means of a
‘double historiography’ of the local and national aspects of the theme. A guide to
sources by Terence Dooley, The big houses and landed estates of Ireland: a research
guide, proved an invaluable starting place in regard to published works on the UIL.
Beginning with the works in the guide, in no particular order, the work of Clare C.
Murphy, ‘Conflict in the west, the ranch war continues, 1911-1912, part one; in
Cathair Na Mart, vol. 15 (1995) and part two, in vol. 16 (1996) were informative.
The 1999, journal provides an article by Conal Thomas ‘The land for the...