It is set during the Irish Civil War, when the IRA stalked the Anglo-Irish, who responded with a mixture of fear and indignation.
This book embodies the deep ambivalence of the Anglo-Irish, who no longer felt British, but were not accepted by the “natives.”
The big houses were the homes of the Anglo-Irish, the abhorred British ruling class, that dominated the landscape.
Trevor says that if he is to be hyphenated, he prefers Protestant-Irish to Anglo-Irish.
Unimportant, such as the latest development in the Anglo-Irish situation, was considered “politics,” and its seeker ignored.
The "cockles of the heart" is a common expression in Anglo-Irish.
"From the Anglo-Irish no man of special sanctity as yet is known to have sprung," observed a Gael of that day.
But there was yet much to be done for the Anglo-Irish route, vi Holyhead.
It raised him high in the estimation of the Anglo-Irish of the Pale.
Sometimes this Anglo-Irish phrase means to vie with, to rival.