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Timothy Patrick Coogan (born 1935) is an Irishmarker historical writer, broadcaster and newspaper columnist. He served as editor of the Irish Press newspaper from 1968 to 1987. Today, he is best known for his popular and sometimes controversial books on aspects of modern Irish history, including The IRA, Ireland Since the Rising, On the Blanket, and biographies of Michael Collins and Éamon de Valera.

His biography of Éamon de Valera proved the most controversial, taking issue with the former Irish president's reputation and achievements, in favour of those of Collins, whom he regards as indispensable to the creation of the new State.

Coogan is the son of an IRA Volunteer of the 1919-1922 period and a former student of the Christian Brothers in Dun Laoghairemarker, St Xavier's College, D4 and spent most of his secondary studies in Blackrock Collegemarker in Dublinmarker. In his memoir he describes himself as an atheist.

In September 2008, Tim Pat Coogan published his memoir.


  • Ireland Since the Rising, 1966.
  • The I.R.A. a History, 1970. ISBN 0-00-653155-5
  • The Irish : a personal view, 1975.
  • On the Blanket : the H Block story, 1980.
  • Ireland and the Arts, 1986.
  • Disillusioned Decades : Ireland 1966-87, 1987.
  • Michael Collins : a biography, 1990. ISBN 0-09-968580-9.
  • De Valera : long fellow, long shadow, 1993.
  • The Troubles : Ireland's ordeal 1966-1995 and the Search for Peace, 1995. ISBN 0-09-946571-X.
  • The Irish Civil War (with George Morrison), 1998.
  • Wherever Green is Worn : the Story of the Irish Diaspora, 2000.
  • 1916: The Easter Rising, 2001.
  • Ireland in the Twentieth Century, 2004. ISBN 1-4039-6842-X
  • Memoir, 2008.


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