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by Brian Igoe
This is the story of Ireland - the progress of the ancient Irish to the modern European State. Not just her History, but her story. Her Music and Dance, her Poetry and Theatre, her ancient Brehon laws. How people lived in the times of Brian Boru, what they wore and what they ate and drank. It's the story of her roads, her railways, her canals. It's the story of her industries, her agriculture, her linen, her ship building, and her modern financial revolution. It's the story of the Irish in America, and the trials and tribulations they faced to get there. But it's also her history, the story of her peoples, of the Famine and the wars, of the Celts and the Norman invaders and how they blended together and through many trials and tribulations made that unique people with music in their souls and business in their brains, the Irish.
What turned a shy somber child into a passionate women? In Discovering Audacious Love Mary Jo reveals how this transformation came about.
Although a novel, this is a powerful history for it's an all inclusive look at America emerging victorious from WWII only to leave future generations with the current mess resulting from decisions made and actions taken during the period covered by this book. Buy the Book
Twenty-six-year-old Dubliner Emma has it all: a teaching job, good friends and childhood sweetheart John by her side. When John dies in an accident, she must face life alone. Haunted by what could have been and blaming herself, Emma retreats into a grief from which only her friends—successful ad-woman Clodagh, gadabout editor Seán, newlyweds Anne and Richard and her priest brother, Noel—can rouse her. A cat arrives unbidden on her windowsill, harbinger of the unbelievable string of events (pregnancy scares, a tryst with a Parisian rapper and saving a woman from a rape in a dark alley) that restores Emma's will to live. The mix of light farce and heavy drama knocks the book off balance, though, leaving readers unsure whether they should pity or envy Emma as she traipses her way to a neat, happy ending.
In this groundbreaking work, Timothy McMahon reexamines the significance of the Gaelic Revival in forming Ireland’s national identity. United in their determination to preserve and extend the use of Irish as a spoken language and artistic medium, members of the Gaelic League profoundly influenced Irish culture and literature in the twentieth century. McMahon explores that influence by scrutinizing the ways in which society absorbed their leaders’ messages, tracing the interaction between the ideas propagated by the League and the variety of meanings ordinary people attached to Ireland and to being Irish.
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.
Judith Hearne is an unmarried woman of a certain age who is barely scraping by in the world: she is crippled by the prejudices of her genteel Belfast upbringing; she lives off a dwindling annuity; she --for lack of other options-- reluctantly accepts the advances of her landlady's brother.
Ireland, 1959: Young Christopher Hurley is a tinker, a Pavee gypsy, who roams with his father and extended family from town to town, carrying all their worldly possessions in their wagons. Christy carries with him a burden of guilt as well, haunted by the story of his mother's death in childbirth.
When bride-to-be Harri Ryan ends up at the ER with a panic attack on her wedding day, her twin brother, George, jokes that she's the most glamorous patient there. But this is no joke. It's Harri's second try at the wedding, and when she returns to her Dublin apartment, her fiancé, James, has already packed his belongings. Harri doesn't want to lose him, but she doesn't know how to convince James it won't happen a third time.
A fantasy adventure story which takes a grandfather on an adventure to St. Augustine,FLorida. There he tries to invite the famous cookie Gingerbread Man to his grandchildren's School Christmas Party. The reader and listener will be thrilled to the adventure which finds Papa climbing the walls of the ancient Castillo San Marcos, trying to catch the Gingerbread Man as he swings from the Cathedral's Bell Tower and balances on the nose of a Dolphin who comes to his rescue. Enter the adventure which takes you through the narrow centuries old streets of the oldest city in America and see how "papa" will go to any length to help his grandchilren.
From the land of the racehorse, an international bestselling author writes a horse story for children.
Ger Kelly, a tough twelve-year-old, at the centre of whatever mischief takes place in his Dublin neighbourhood, sneaks into the Dublin Horse Show. This is a very posh event and he and his friends are there to cause trouble. Then Ger sees a vision of beauty.
1. Ending a knitted work.
2. Releasing lines holding a boat to its mooring.
3. Letting go...
In 1952, traveling steerage, Malachy McCourt left a childhood of poverty in Limerick, Ireland, heading for the promise of America. This is the story of what he brought with him, and what he thought he left behind.