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What happens if you mix the love of a large family, the hope expressed in Irish folklore, and the faith symbolized in Arthurian legend? Get ready for a magical adventure, filled with the clashing of swords and the splintering of jousting lances, the awakening of champions, the confrontation of light and dark forces spanning centuries, and the magic of the movies. Join the Colonna family as they encounter the legend of King Arthur in the flesh with the help of colorful, dynamic and magical characters.
It looked for a while like Mike Collins would spend his life breaking concrete and throwing rocks for the Vittorio Scalese Construction Company. He liked the work and he liked the pay. But a chance remark by one of his coworkers made him realize that he wanted to involve himself in something bigger, something more meaningful than crushing rocks and drinking beer.
This intriguing story follows Quinn Parker as he searches his family roots and discovers letters, written in Irish Gaelic, that reveal a long hidden family scandal. As Quinn travels to Ireland to find out more, his journey becomes very interesting -- and then tragic. Buy it here!
Set in modern Ireland, THE RAG TREE is a thriller tucked inside a folktale and shrouded in allegory, a story of a people seeking reconciliation and identity amid unprecedented change. Written in a humorous and provocative style, THE RAG TREE echoes the wry candor of Brendan Behan's THE BORSTAL BOY and THE HOSTAGE and the puckish lyricism of Roddy Doyle's A STAR CALLED HENRY and THE COMMITMENTS.
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.
An institution at the "Chicago Sun-Times", his home paper for more than twenty-five years, Pulitzer Prize - winning editorial cartoonist Jack Higgins gathers for the first time in "My Kind of 'Toon, Chicago Is" approximately 250 editorial and political cartoons.
JUST SUPPOSE that you found out that this day would be your last day alive on this earth, that you would die before midnight. Some of us would panic, screaming “NO! NO! NO!” Others would complain, “Why me?”
In one of the most captivating stories of childhood yet to emerge from Northern Ireland, The Faloorie Man traces the early years of Martin McBride, a young Catholic boy growing up on the streets of post-war Belfast. Stark, funny, at times heart-wrenching, Martin’s coming of age story is set against sectarian division. As he emerges from the cocoon of his family, he faces an uncertain world: the shocking discovery of the difference between boys and girls, the unprovoked fighting on the schoolyard, the torture of education, the doubtful pleasure of illicit sex, and the accidental discovery of a darkly hidden truth.
Breaking up is hard to do, especially when it's a split between close male friends in their 20s. In Chris Binchy's astutely observed American debut, the pair in question is David and Alex, Dubliners whose long bond is tested by romantic rivalry and the strains of encroaching adult responsibilities.
Being raised “old school” in a traditional Irish-Catholic household with a no-nonsense mother and a traditional, old-fashioned father, Renee’ Gatz had a lifetime of hearing their various expressions—profound, funny, and even sarcastic. Without realizing it, these expressions stayed with her and came back to her at the appropriate moments in her life to help her laugh, understand, or survive.
This story of Mike's four-year surgical residency at the Mayo Clinic traces his rise from eager but clueless first-year resident to accomplished chief resident in his final year. With unparalleled humor, he recounts the disparity between people's perceptions of a doctor's glamorous life and the real thing: a succession of run-down cars that are towed to the junkyard, long weekends moonlighting at rural hospitals, a family that grows larger every year, and a laughable income.
In a small town in 1960s Ireland, a teenage boy is killed in a dreadful accident. His sister, his mother, and a man who is a neighbor, each recalling her or his own life as permanently marked by the absolutely senseless death of the lad, paint in painful but hopeful brushstrokes their versions of the intertwining of love and loss and how the former makes the later endurable.
Following our very successful fundraising and the kind donation made by Mary Golden, the Midfield Development Association has published a folklore book called "A Story Told to Us Last Night”, using a selection of local stories from the 1937/38 National Folklore Collection, plus stories written by the children of 2010 from Midfield National School (22 students took part in 2010).
Irish in Youngstown and the Greater Mahoning Valley
In 1796, Daniel Shehy of Tipperary was the first Irish man to settle in Youngstown. In the early nineteenth century, the Ulster Irish moved into the region. Later, massive waves of Irish refugees from the Potato Famine settled in the area and filled the labor needs of the steel mills, canals, and railroads.