The third in Thomas Flanagan's Irish history trilogy is The End of the Hunt. (For those of you who might not have realized, yes these three in the set are historical fiction). This volume takes place in 1919 when Britain was dead set on putting down all thoughts of Irish independence. Janice Nugent, a widow who just wants to return to a normal life in Galway, finds that she cannot escape the ideals of her countrymen and the struggle for freedom from British rule. It is a love story, deeply entrenched in the Irish history of that era, and a fascinating read. I hope you will give this trilogy a second look. Let me know if you decide to read them!
For an article about Flanagan's death in 2002: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/03/29/us/thomas-flanagan-78-author-of-trilogy-about-ireland.html