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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Material for Victory: The memoirs of Andrew J Kettle

This project will create a newly annotated, digital version of Material for Victory: The Memoirs of Andrew J. Kettle. Currently out-of-print, the memoirs were edited by Kettle's son Laurence and published by CJ Fallon in 1958. Despite its limited availability, Material for Victory has become a much-cited primary source especially by historians of Parnell.

This digital project will ensure wider availability of this unique resource for scholars of the period. Andrew Kettle (1833-1916) wrote his memoirs during the latter years of an eventful life bookended by the Great Famine and the Great War. A well-known champion of tenant farmers’ rights and land reform, Kettle was a co-founder of the Land League with Davitt and Parnell, an advocate of Irish Home Rule, a progressive farmer and prolific writer of letters to The Freeman’s Journal.

The 16-chapter memoir recounts Kettle’s involvement in and observations about key actors and events leading up to and during the ‘Land War’ (1879-1881) and the subsequent decade. It also contains a ‘Biographical Note’ and appendix ‘Irish Land War Legislation’ by the editor, as well as twelve photographs of principal figures or sites.

Michael D Higgins has agreed to write a foreword to the new annotated digital edition.

Political Science and Sociology

Authors and Partners

Professor Niamh Reilly

Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway

Niamh Reilly is Established Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her research interests focus on the relationship between theory and practice and the role of ideas in emancipatory projects. She is currently writing a book on the political and social thought of Thomas Kettle (1880-1916) - essayist, activist public intellectual, and one of the last "young Ireland" constitutional nationalists. She has published widely on issues of human rights and gender; feminist political and social theory; religion in the public sphere; transnational movements and the United Nations; and women, peace and security. Her book, Women's Human Rights: Seeking Gender Justice in a Globalizing Age (Polity Press, 2009) was selected as an "Outstanding Academic Title for 2010" by the American Library Association/CHOICE. She is co-author of Demanding Accountability: The Global Campaign and Vienna Tribunal for Women's Human Rights (UNIFEM 1994). Her edited collections include Religion, Gender and the Public Sphere (Routledge 2014) (Lead editor) and The Human Rights of Women (Springer, Major Reference Works, 2019). Niamh is co-founder (with Dr. Breda Gray) the NUI Galway-UL research network Gender Arc. She is currently Irish PI in a seven-country study on migration and vulnerability to gender based violence funded by EU Gender Net Plus (2019-2021).

"The OER grant will enable us to reintroduce this fascinating historical memoir to new audiences of researchers and learners and, using accessible annotation, bring to life the rich cast of characters and side stories behind the rise and fall of the Land League not found in conventional print histories."

President Michael D. Higgins

Foreword Author


Declan & Trish Kettle

Community Partners and Contributors
ettles Heritage Society


Students in history, politics and publishing

Co-Authors and Contributors
NUI Galway students


Image Source: Detail from Illuminated address presented to Charles Stewart Parnell by the Land League on his return from the United States, March 1880. Signed by A. J. Kettle et al. Artist: Thomas J. Lynch, 90 x 63 cm. National Library of Ireland, MS L 355.