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By Daniel R. Roffe
On 11/22/63, Dan Roffe was an engineering student at Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia. Two days later at 5 a.m. in the morning, he was in front of The White House,shocked and impelled to "bear witness" to the killing of John F. Kennedy. Buy the Book

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Speculation ran rampant within the family as to whether or not my grandfather, Richard Feeney, had been a member of the Irish Republication Brotherhood, prior to immigrating to the United States in 1908. Throw in some alleged gunrunning activity for Clan na Gael, the IRB's American counterpart, Buy Book Here, Buy e-Book Here

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ClanDonnell: A Storied History of Ireland is a non-fiction, epic tale of Celtic Ireland’s McDonnell clan and their descendants through the 20th century. The clan’s history is intertwined with the history of Ireland (and, to a lesser extent, Scotland and the Hebrides Islands) and thus is far broader than a history of a single clan. The book is a series of crisply written, and often witty, stories about fascinating people and places within Ireland. Buy Book Here!

 

  Savour the excitement of the fifties and sixties- an era when radio was king. In the countryside it was usual for communities to come together to celebrate important events and wireless sat comfortably with this tradition.

   "... a delightful tale of a young girl feeling torn between being All-American, or clinging to the lighter parts of her Irish heritage..."

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Elvis and Ireland is the “Irish Biography” of Elvis Presley. It is the detailed story of Elvis Presley’s life and career, combined with a timeline of events in Irish popular culture and the social changes brought on by his unique brand of rock ‘n’ roll. Buy the Book!

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I was feeling tumultuous. It was May 2009, the day after my third Mother's Day without Midge.

Time has inevitably lessened the sting of her loss, but that was painful too. I'd returned to San Francisco from my home state of Connecticut only a week before.

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The truth is, the full story of sex and society in 20th-century Ireland has never been told.

In Occasions of Sin, acclaimed historian Diarmaid Ferriter provides for the first time a complete account of the public and private worlds of Irish sex, covering: abortion, gregnancy, celibacy, contraception, censorship, infanticide, homosexuality, prostitution, marriage, popular culture, and more.

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 Maguire's Inheritance is the first volume in an epic saga being told by Irish historian RM Fitzpatrick. Following seven generations of the Maguire family, the series will cover one family perspective from the Irish Diaspora at the battle of the Boyne, through the famine, to the misery of Irland in the nineteen thirties.

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Morgan Llywelyn, aside from being one of the great writers of novels about the romance and adventure of Irish history, is a lover of all things Irish, well read in Irish fact and fiction. Now she gives generously of her love and knowledge in a list of books recommended heartily and wittily. More than simply a list, The Essential Library for Irish Americans is an education in the Irishness of Ireland. Here at last is an instructive, opinionated, annotated list of books for anyone in America who is Irish or Irish at heart.

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 Before Johnny Depp and Public Enemies, there was The Public Enemy. James Cagney’s 1931 portrayal of the Irish American gangster, Tommy Powers, set the standard for the Hollywood gangster and helped to launch a golden age of Irish American cinema. In the years that followed several of the era’s greatest stars, such as Spencer Tracy, Bing Crosby, Pat O’Brien, and Ginger Rogers, assumed Irish American roles—as boxers, entertainers, priests, and working girls—delighting audiences and at the same time providing a fresh perspective of the Irish American experience in America’s cities.

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The pagan Celts told of supernatural voyages to islands of joy. As the Roman Empire crumbled around them, Celtic Christians threw themselves passionately into such a quest. Pilgrimage was not to shrines of the past, but a voyage into the future.

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A Three-Decade and Three-Thousand-Mile Journey Home  tells the story of a thirty-year search for the author's grandmother Kate’s Irish roots.

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Everyone can hum this haunting Irish ballad that inevitably brings a tear to the eye. For all its popularity, the most requested "Irish" song and its origins still remain an enigma. Is it even Irish? Did the song initially grace the Irish counntryside as the winsome ballad of an itinerant piper, or did it first take form as a blind musician's bow danced across the strings of a fiddle?

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