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This unconventional perspective helps to shed light on an aspect of Irish nationalism many writers have shamefully and unforgiveably neglected. Writing with passion, the author manifests the exploits of Irishmen and women during the euphemistically renowned "Great War", via the employment of official war sources and contemporary letters from those at the front line. The book sets the scene and the building miasma around some of the war's major conflicts that were to result in serious loss of life borne out of the ineptitude of senior command. In short, it is a lugubrious reflection of the horrors and realities of war, and of the previously "unknown" heroes Ireland can now rightly call its own.
Click here for Irish Voices.

A Long, Long Way
by Sebastian Barry

I have read many books on the tragedy of war and this exceptional book reminds me of Remarque's "All Quiet on the Western Front". Truly brilliant and I find it particularly moving as my great grandfather was a private in the Royal Dublin Fusileers, was gassed and invalided back to an Ireland which had turned its back on all those who had left to fight in Flanders. Edited from a review by James McCann - Dublin, Ireland.
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On the banks of the Boyne in 1690, one of the most important battles in Irish history was fought. The first offshoot of the internationally successful "Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape," "Newgrange and the Bend of the Boyne" is the exploration of an outstanding archaeological landscape centered on Newgrange Passage Tomb and its greater environs. In ancient times it was called the Brugh na Boinne. Today, this area is designated as a World Heritage site and is Ireland's first protected Archaeological Park.
Click here for Newgrange.

They Shall Not Grow Old
Irish Soldiers Remember the Great War
by Myles Dungan

More than a quarter of a million Irishmen fought in the Great War. The publication in 1996 of Dungan's Irish Voices from the Great War contributed to the awareness of the injustice done to the Irishmen of the 1914-18 War. This companion volume uses the same type of material (letters, diaries, memoirs, personal interviews) to advance that process.
A companion volume to Irish Voices from the Great War, this book complements that anthology of tragedy with further stories of unromanticised life in the trenches, the experience of POWs, and an illuminating and critical look at the role of chaplains.
Danny Morrison, Sunday Tribune.
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Faces of Irish Civil War Soldiers:
Rare Photographs of Irish Soldiers
Who Fought for the North and South

Edited by Joanna M. McDonald

Thousands of Irishmen lined up at the recruiting stations and served in both the Confederate and Union armies - great names such as O'Rourke, Corcoran, Meagher, McIntosh, McGavock, and Tilghman. Unlike their English neighbors, who, for the most part, assimilated into the Union and Confederate ranks, many Irishmen organized their own, unique units made up of their fellows and included the adjective "Irish" within their regimental names. As their memories disappeared into history, they left their names, their songs and poems, their letters and battle accounts - and their photographs - to remind them of their passing and allow us to walk part of the way with them.
Publisher's Review
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A full-scale study of the political and social history of Ireland since 1850. The political evolution of the Irish Nation forms the basis of the book. "Will remain for many years an essential standby for every student of the subject" Robert Blake, The Sunday Times.
Click here for Since the Famine.

De Valera
by Tim Pat Coogan

Eamon De Valera is still a major influence on Ireland - a towering presence whose shadow yet falls over Irish life. He played a major part in the 1916 Rising, the troubled Treaty negotiations and the Civil War; some of today's problems are his legacy. But De Valera, or "Dev", was a political mastermind who also achieved some incredible feats which ensured his place in history, including the Irish Constitution, formation of Ireland's largest political party - Fianna Fáil, and the formation of the Irish Press Group.
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The Truth about the Irish
by Terry Eagleton

In describing Ireland at the end of the twentieth century, the author comments on the way we promote our Irishness, with the country becoming "a kind of Celtic Disneyland with Queen Maeve standing in for Mickey Mouse". Most of his topics are aimed at debunking much of the myth of "Irishry" - though he is gentler on some than on others. With wry affection, he traces the roots of many customs in Ireland's history as an impoverished colony. The Ancient Order of Hibernians may despise Eagleton's candor, but most Irish people will enjoy this somewhat cheeky yet accurate look at our culture. Review adapted and edited from the Irish Emigrant and Publisher's Weekly.
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Twenty Irish immigrants, suspected of comprising a secret terrorist organization called the Molly Maguires, were executed in Pennsylvania in the 1870s for the murder of sixteen men. Ever since, there has been enormous disagreement over who the Molly Maguires were, what they did, and why they did it.
See our Article Gathering the Threads
Click here for the Molly Maguires.

A collection of over seventy biographies detailing the lives and achievements of extraordinary women - from patriots to pirates, warriors to writers, and mistresses to male impersonators. Their Irish hearts have long ceased to beat, but their legacy lives on.
Click here for Wild Irish Women

Yesterday's Ireland
Paddy Linehan

Paddy Linehan is a much- travelled man, but in choosing to write in detail about his own country and his own lifetimes he has returned to his roots and recorded a way of life that has all but disappeared. Whether describing the interior of a typical farmhouse or chronicling the year's tasks from ploughing to harvest, the author has a sure eye for detail and a facility for relating personal experience that melds perfectly with the general narrative. From a review by Pauline Ferrie of the Irish Emigrant
Click here for Yesterday's Ireland.

The Irish Story
by R.F. Foster

In this extremely funny book, the author demolishes the clichés that surround Ireland's past, examining how key moments from its history have been turned into myths - and, more recently, airbrushed and repackaged for Hollywood and popular culture. Whether discussing the 'misery tourism' of Famine theme parks, ideas of mystical Celticism, the contested 'Irishness' of Yeats or the sentimental childhoods of 'Angela's Ashes' and Gerry Adams' memoirs, this book brilliantly separates the tall tales from the truth.
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Sat, Mar 21, 2015

The Hill of Slane

It had long been known as sacred ground when St. Patrick visited the hill on the eve of Easter in 433 A.D. He lit a Paschal or Easter fire which could be seen from the nearby hill of Tara, the royal seat of power. There, a fire also burned to celebrate the pagan feast of Beltane. Since it was against the law to light any fire in the area while this was taking place, Laoghaire, the king at that time, was furious and rode off with his retinue to arrest the mystery rebel. Miraculously - some say through an earthquake, others by holding up a shamrock- St. Patrick convinced the king of his belief in Christianity and the power of the Holy Trinity. It was a power that St. Patrick thought would be useful to the king who only wished that his soldiers could be as brave as St. patrick and his followers. He took the group prisoner and marched them back to the Hill of Tara. The next day, they were spared and were allowed to preach Christianity to the pagan army. Today, at the top of the hill are the ruins of a Franciscan Monastery built in 1512.
Photo Credit: Katie Simpson

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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.
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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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