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Loitering with Intent - The Child
by Peter O’Toole

If you are remotely interested in Peter O'Toole, this is a great account of his childhood (most interestingly the three major influences in his life including Hitler) and how he first broke into acting (his jokes regarding Bernard Shaw are hilarious). There are some interesting annecdotes regarding the filming of `Rogue Male', his first film. His narrative style can a times be a bit disjointed, but the overall picture is wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Amazon reviewer.
Click here for The Child.


Loitering with Intent - The Apprentice
by Peter O’Toole

This second installment of actor O'Toole's autobiography brims over with vitality, quirky charm, and loving reminiscences of fellow drama school students, teachers, and a host of other fascinating souls. He doesn't choose his friends based on their status or what they can do for him, he just enjoys their company. And how! A rip-roaring good time was had by the artist as a young apprentice, and his mates! Adapted from an amazon review.
Click here for The Apprentice.


'Tis Herself
by Maureen O'Hara & John Nicoletti

Does this delightful anecdotal autobiography reveal what Kate whispered in Sean's ear at the end of "The Quiet Man?" We'll never tell. In language that is blunt, straightforward, and totally lacking in artifice, one of the greatest and most enduring stars of Hollywood's "Golden Era," tells the story of how she succeeded in the world's most competitive business. It's a story as only she can tell it - the tale of an Irish lass who believed in herself with the strength and determination to make her own dreams come true.
Click here for 'Tis Herself

This book celebrates Liam O'Flaherty and his land, featuring biographical information, excerpts from his short stories and novels, and period photographs. A perfect gift for the lover of Ireland's landscape and literature.
See our Article Liam O'Flaherty.
Click here for Liam O'Flaherty's Ireland

Granuaile's true story is more compelling than any fictional account!
Click here for Granuaile

Just when you thought there was no way to write about the Kennedys from a new angle, Newsday reporter Thomas Maier comes up with one. His take is to view the family through the green prism of Ireland and, by extension, to examine their relationship to the Roman Catholic Church. This makes for surprisingly fresh reading. Edited and adapted from an American Library Association review.
Click here for The Kennedy's.


20Years a'Growing
by Maurice O'Sullivan

A book to buy, to beg, or to borrow. For here we have that rare thing, a piece of literature springing from the same natural impulse which makes a bird on a branch in April time give out a sprinkle of a song.
Irish Independent
All the customer reviews on amazon give it 5 stars. We're anxiously waiting for our copy to arrive!
Click here for 20yrs a'Growing
Note: The cover illustration is called "Launching the Curragh" by Paul Henry and the original is in the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin.


Last of the Donkey Pilgrims
by Kevin O'Hara

"It was at Rattigan's Pub in Kilrooskey, County Roscommon, that I first proposed traveling the coast of Ireland with a donkey and cart..."So goes the opening sentence of this heartwarming tale about a man on a mission of discovery - and what better way to carry it out than to travel the length and breadth of the land in the old style, a man and donkey, drinking in the sights and sounds of the country.
Clck here for Last of the Donkey Pilgrims.

Tom Crean ran away from home as a youth and become one of the most indestructible heroes in Antarctic exploration. He played a central role in the dramatic events on three out of four British expeditions in the Heroic Age of Polar exploration. He served Scott and Shackleton - both bitter rivals - and outlived them both.
Click here for Tom Crean

In this beautifully written memoir, Ronan Tynan, a member of the enormously popular Irish Tenors, shares his remarkable story of overcoming adversity and attaining worldwide success in several different areas.
Click here for Halfway Home


The Authorized Biography of Vincent O'Brien
by Jaqueline O'Brien

Vincent O’Brien is a horse-racing legend. From humble beginnings in Co. Cork, he chose to train racehorses as his career - much to the benefit of the sport - and went on to create the legendary Ballydoyle Stables. His extraordinary story is told by his wife, Jacqueline, and distinguished racing writer Ivor Herbert. Lavishly illustrated with her personal and public photographs that span his amazing life, this book is a must for anyone with an interest in horses or racing.
Click here for Vincent O'Brien.


One of Ourselves
by James Robert Carroll

Of his all too brief a trip to Ireland JFK said it was 'the 3 happiest days I've ever spent in my life'. And the feeling lasted. Back home he couldn't stop talking about it. He watched the films over & over. So it can be said of reading this book. The feeling of the trip comes through & stays - perhaps due in part to a wealth of songs and verse:
The Years of exile, years of pain,
To see old Shannon's face again,
O'er the waters dancing.
Edited from an amazon review.
Click here for One of Ourselves.


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Tue, Feb 21, 2017

The Irishman who designed
the Oscar satuette

Ireland’s first and most lasting contribution to the Academy Awards is at the ceremony’s very heart: the Oscar statuette was designed by Dublin- born Cedric Gibbons, an art director with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, who also became Ireland’s first winner. Although his first Oscar (for art direction on The Bridge of San Luis Rey) was the only award he received individually, Gibbons was nominated for 38 Academy Awards and received 11 Oscars. By most yardsticks, this record makes Gibbons the most successful Irish Oscar winner in history.
Source: The Irish Times
Photo Credit: Hollywood Confidential


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Can't Find it?!

Our Library is compiled from what we know and like. If you can't find what you're looking for read on.
• First: go to Amazon -
There's no escaping the fact that they are the largest catalog.
Note: There are multiple Amazons and they do not carry exactly the same items. Any one of the U.S., U.K. and Canada sites may not have the item but another Amazon will. Each site will ship anywhere in the world. Try them all before you give up.
Click here for Amazon.US.
Click here for Amazon.UK.
Click here for Amazon.Canada.
• Second: Amazon doesn't have it? Try Powells. They are the largest book source in New York and they have a good selection of 'out of print' books. Click here for Powells.
This link brings you to a list of 600 Irish titles; if you're looking for something else, just Search.
• Third: Still can't find It? Alright, try ALibris they are the place for 'books you never thought you'd find'. We've found everything we were after. Click here for ALibris.
• Last: Nothing Worked?
E-Mail us, we'll give it a go. Click for Russ & Bridget.



Celtic Bookmark

Elegant bookmark is made of silver over pewter. It measures 3" x 1". When in use, the pretty Celtic design sticks out of your book. Or choose Trinity Knot or Celtic Heart.

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