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The past fifty years have been a time of immense change in Ireland, as the country has moved from a traditional to a modern society. The introduction of electricity, the 'quiet revolution', was accompanied by changes in attitudes to Church, sex, relationships, property, emigration - to life in general. In that short time people have absorbed massive change, often enthusiastically, though perhaps with the occasional pang of regret for the 'old ways'. Here we see the faces, the landscapes and the life of that recently disappeared Ireland - Jack Lynch, JFK, Grace Kelly, Dev, de Gaulle, the Troubles, folk traditions - alongside the new faces and the new styles of our modern society. Amazon Review
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This is a wonderfully written book that captures the beauty of the Irish west coast, the personalities of a unique population of people and a connection to the Irish of America. An extraordinary book by an author who is neither Irish nor American, Cole Moreton put his heart and soul into researching and writing the story of the Great Blasket Island and its last inhabitants. What's even better is the unbelievable price of $4.98 - 79% off!
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Home Away from Home - The Yanks in Ireland
by Mary Pat Kelly
History books have neglected one of the most stirring and touching chapters of World War II - the huge American presence in Northern Ireland and the key role the North played in winning the war. The facts exist in military archives, but Home Away From Home tells the story as a kind of joint memoir, of the GIs and the people who made them welcome.
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In Search of Ancient Ireland
by Carmel McCaffrey & Leo Eaton
A comprehensive exploration of Ireland and the Irish from Neolithic Times to the Coming of the English, the authors bring us fresh informaion derived from new archeological source material as well as ancient Irish texts. A great compnion to the video of the same name. (See our video library under History).
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Irish Confederates: The Civil War’s Forgotten Soldiers
by Philip Thomas Tucker
This is a long overdue pen-picture of those from the Irish diaspora who found themselves, as always, involved (by choice) in other people's wars. Tucker does a good job and I look forward to reading his "God Help the Irish". I have heard it said of that expression (God help the Irish), that if He doesn't, we help ourselves anyway - and thank Him afterward!. Amazon review.
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The thousands of Irish soldiers who fought in the British Army in World War I gained a fierce fighting reputation, distinguishing themselves at Ypres, Gallipoli, the Somme, and Palestine. Irishmen continued to volunteer for the British Army in World War II and again, their war record was distinguished. This book offers the first concise, illustrated history of Irish Regiments in both World Wars and covers uniforms,insignia, battle histories and proud service records. Amazon editorial review.
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Armed rebellion against the British Crown, the prosecution of the Anglo-Irish War, the emergence of the Irish Free State, and the eruption of the Civil War over the treaty with Great Britain ensured that the birth of the modern Irish nation was bloody and difficult. This book details the life of an average Volunteer. Amazon editorial review.
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The Encyclopedia of Ireland is the most comprehensive book to date on all aspects of Irish life, culture, and history. It encompasses the whole of Ireland - its islands and seas, its people, both home and abroad - and provides fascinating facts about subjects from prehistory to the present.
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The Pope’s Children
by David McWilliams
Witty, intelligent and irreverent, The Pope's Children tells the real story of Ireland's amazing economic and social transformation and the special generation that is changing the country forever. Vividly and powerfully, McWilliams brings contemporary Ireland to life.
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1916: The Easter Rising
by Tim Pat Hogan
On April 14, 1916, it all began--and 6 short but bloody days later, independence began to emerge from the ruins. Coogan's outstanding account of this seminal event provides a testament to a turning point in Irish history and to those who perished in the struggle. Adapted from an amazon review.
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50 Things You Didn't Know About 1916
by Mick O'Farrell
Even those who know a great deal about the Easter Rising may not know that there were ceasefires in the St. Stephen's Green to allow park attendants to feed the ducks. Or that the first shots were actually fired near Portlaoise and not in Dublin at the GPO. These and many other fascinating little known facts are included in this treasure trove of trivia and information. Adapated from an amazon product description.
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by Ultan Cowley
Based on first-hand accounts taken from personal interviews and correspondence over the last decade, this compelling collection spans the decades from World War II through to the Nineteen Eighties. If you are the descendant of an Irish navvy, this is a must read.
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Brian Boru-Ireland's greatest King
BrianBoru was born around 940, the youngest of two sons of Cennedig, head of Dal Cais, one of the royal free tribes of Munstrer. When the Danes began to overrun the country, the two brothers united, and swept them back inside their walled cities.Of the two brothers, Brian was more forceful, capable and energetic. When Malachi was killed by treachery, Brian was undisputed king. He reigned for thirty-nine years.
It was a time of unsurpassed glory, prosperity and happiness. He promoted the arts and learning. He is credited with having originated surnames. His patriotism and personal sacrifice brought the clans together, under one king, for the only time in Irish history.
He was eighty-nine when his army faced the armies of the Norsemen at the
Battle of Clontarf. Brian's warriors won the day, but Brian was dead, as were his son and grandson. The days of Ireland's finest king were gone.
In the words of his eulogist, "Brian was the last man in Erin who
was a match for a hundred."
Sources: Irish Story Teller
Clare County Library
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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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