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Cormac's Corner

A compilation of some of the best of his weekly columns in the Irish Voice and other publications, Cormac offers an often wickedly accurate insight on life in the west of Ireland. Alternately witty, funny, and sometimes achingly sad, it's an absorbing collection that we promise will be hard to put down.
Click here for Cormac - UK and here for Cormac - USA.


Celebrating Irish Festivals
by Ruth Marshall & Judith Adams

Never miss an opportunity to celebrate your Irish heritage with this rich treasury of stories, illustrations, poems, traditions, food, activities, games dances and songs marking a wide variety of events in the Celtic calendar.
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A beautifully crafted book with plenty of substance for those who wish to immerse themselves in the seasonal customs and culture of the ancient Celts.
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Click here for Celtic Spirit


Irish Wild Plants: Myths, Legends & Folklore
by Niall Mac Coitir

There are many myths and legends and much folklore associated with the wild plants and flowers of Ireland. In ancient times, it was also believed there were 365 different parts to the body, and a different plant existed to cure the ailments of each part. Discover them all in this beautifully illustrated work which features specially commissioned watercolours by Grania Langrishe.
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Celtic Names for Children
by Loretto Todd
The meaning behind each name is explained, as are associated myths, stories, places or saints. Also included are pronunciation guides, interesting facts about some of the best-known Celtic names, and over 120,000 variations of the names listed.
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The Search for God and Guinness
by Stephen Mansfield

Frothy, delicious, intoxicating and nutritious! No, not Guinness Stout - Stephen Mansfield's fabulous book. It's a rare brew that takes faith, philanthropy and the frothy head of freshly-poured Guinness and combines them into an inspiring narrative. Adapted from Amazon reviews.
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New & Expanded Edition!

Updated for 2013 - An entertaining collection of facts, trivia and stories about Ireland and Celtic culture. With unusual Irish quotations, proverbs, a guide to Irish baby names and stories about Craic, Celtic Knots, Strawboys and other Celtic traditions.
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Chickens in the Garden

In 2013, Ms. Fadely, one-eighth Irish but one hundred percent American, moved from California to the country she fell in love with the first time she saw it. She didn't buy an old ruin to restore or go on a quest in search of her Irish roots, the things so many other Americans have done and written about, she didn't do anything noble or grand, she simply lived in a place she loved, basking in the culture and delighting in the beauty of the country, and the kindness and humor of the people she met. Along the way she kept a journal and from that journal Chickens in the Garden, Wellies by the Door was born.
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Fri, Nov 24, 2017

Holly and Ivy hanging up and
something wet in every cup*

Not so long ago, Irish Christmas decorations were much simpler than they are now. The children gathered holly and ivy for adorning, windows, doorways, mantles and pictures, and the father would carve out a turnip in which would be placed a large red candle. This would go in the window to light the way for the Holy Family on Christmas Eve. Only in relatively recent times did an Irish family have a Nativity scene and a decorated tree in the house. As for Mistletoe, it's quite rare in ireland and is generally associated with ancient Celtic and Druidic fertility celebrations; this is most likely where the custom of kissing under the mistletoe comes from.
*Old Irish Christmas toast
Image: Pashley Manor Gardens.



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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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