Ireland and the First International. Cork: Tower Books, 1984. Pp xi, 233. Illustrated. Rexine boards, title in gilt to spine. A fine copy. Noted Cork historian Sean Daly's account of the 'Working Men's Association' in Ireland. It could be argued that modern Irish socialism began with the establishment in 1872 of branches of the International Working Men's Association (or First International). However, these branches (in Dublin, Cork, Belfast and Cootehill) were short-lived because of the intense opposition that they encountered and their demise was followed by a complete absence of socialist organisation until 1885.