profile-james-durneyJames Durney (born 1961 in his hometown of Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland) is an award winning Irish author, local and military historian and historical consultant.

He is a prolific writer with a large number of works published under his name and with Mercier Press. Additionally James has worked with Irish language national broadcaster, TG4 on the development of their documentary series ‘Mobs Mheiriceá’. He was also consultant and chief researcher on ‘War Stories’ from Irish national broadcaster RTE.

James gained a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Local History, 1st Class Honours from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Co.Kildare.

James was the 2011 Winner of the Lord Walter Fitzgerald Prize for Original Research and serves as the Secretary of the Kildare Federation of History Groups and the Chairman of Naas Local History Group.


  • The Mob, The History of Irish Gangster in America – (1997)
  • Far From the Short Grass – (1999)
  • On the One Road – (2001)
  • The Volunteer – (2004)
  • The Far Side of the World –  (2005)
  • In the Shadow of Kings – (2007)
  • Vietnam. The Irish Experience – (2009)
  • A Bridge, A Town, A People –  (2010)
  • Hearth and Home. (With Mario Corrigan and Joseph Connelly, 2012)
  • The Civil War in Kildare (2012)
  • The War of Independence in Kildare (2013)
  • Irish casualties in the Korean War 1950-53 (2014)
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