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An Irish Christmas
by John Keane

From one of Ireland's favorite writers and most popular storytellers, a stockingful of Christmas surprises for any season.
In this winning collection of seventeen original tales, John B. Keane plumbs the rich folk culture of Ireland as he portrays the holiday dreams and everyday shortcomings of ordinary country people during the Christmas season.
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"For almost twenty-five years, all my Christmases were dominated by the sea that flowed between the island of Inis Mór and the mainland. No matter how early the Christmas fare was ordered on the mainland, there were certain things that could only come on the boat that sailed on Christmas Eve." Brendan Ó hEithir - Christmas Time.
Celebrated Irish writers, including John B. Keane, Seamus Heaney, Eamon Kelly and Brendan Kennelly, remember Christmas past in this special collection of 25 stories, reminiscences and poems.
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To School Through The Fields

"My mother listened to the Pope, my father to the King of England, and to us they were both as much a part of Christmas as Santa. Our new records were played again and again, and toys were savoured to the full until after supper, exhaustion finally won the day and we dragged our small, weary feet upstairs to bed. It was all over for another year, but each year was another page in the book of childhood."
Alice Taylor's last chapter in this best-selling memoir of her childhood in the Irish countryside is devoted to how she and her family celebrated Christmas. As with every story in this absorbing book, Alice paints an unforgettable portrait of Irish life in days gone by.
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An Ulster Christmas
by Maggi Kerr Peirce

A warm, personal collection of holiday stories that give a look at Christmas in a simpler time. Recorded live in concert, Maggi shares Christmas memories from her childhood in Northern Ireland and some of her favorite tales for Christmas, all with her usual touch of Irish humor and insight.
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An Irish Christmas Feast
by John B. Keane

Drawing on the rich folk culture of Co. Kerry, the author brings new life to old custom in his portrayals of the special holiday dreams and everyday shortcomings of not-so-ordinary country people during the Christmas season.
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All Silver And No Brass
by Henry Glassie

This study of Irish Christmas Mumming is a beautifully written exploration of a vanishing holiday ritual that can be traced back to the dramas of the 16th century. Extraordinarily rich and perceptive. Adapted from The Philadelphia Enquirer
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Celtic Christmas
by Kim Robertson

This wonderful holiday collection includes beautiful musical arrangements by world-famous harpist Kim Robertson of 21 carols. Included are Away in a Manger, Coventry Carol, Divinum Mysterium, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Silent Night, What Child Is This? and more.
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A Celtic Christmas
by MMairtin O'Griofa

Light a cozy fire, pour yourself a dram or a pint, and curl up with these charming tales of Christmas from Ireland's past. Editorial Review
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Irish Christmas Stories
by David Marcus

Collection includes works by Sean O'Faolain, William Trevor, Elizabeth Bowen, Maeve Binchy, Frank O'Connor, John B. Keane, Colum McCann, Hugo Hamilton, Benedict Kiely, Bernard MacLaverty and Clare Boyland.
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An Irish Country Christmas
by Alice Taylor

A memoir of a Co. Kerry Christmas as seen through the author's own nine-year-old eyes. From the fattening of the geese to the hunt for the wren-bird on St. Stephen's Day, Taylor has written a tender remembrance of a simpler celebration of the season. Adapted from an Amazon review
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A Celtic Christmas
by Phillip Keveren

For the pianists in the family, 16 Christmas carols arranged Celtic-style by the talented Phillip Keveren: Angels We Have Heard on High, Away in a Manger, Deck the Halls, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, Here We Come A-Wassailing, The Holly and the Ivy, and more.
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Dublin Carol
A Play by Conor McPherson

According to one review, the author casts "an ingenious spell in telling the story of John Plunkett, who on Christmas Eve is sharing funeral stories with his young assistant."
Click here for Dublin Carol.

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Fungie, the Dolphin of Dingle Bay

The dolphin is one of Ireland’s most fascinating mammals and Fungie is the most famous. He is a fully- grown bottlenose who is 13 feet (4 meteres) long and weighs about 500 lbs or around one-quarter tonne.
Fungie was first noticed in 1984 when Paddy Ferriter, the Dingle Harbour lighthouse keeper, began watching a lone wild dolphin escort the town's fishing boats to and from port. 
Later that year, it became officially recorded that Fungie was a permanent resident of the entrance channel to Dingle and the self-appointed “pilot” of the fleet. 
Over the years Fungie has developed from a timid but inquisitive observer of the human visitors into a playful, though mischievous, companion.  From observation of marks on his body, it seems that he does 'interact' with other whales, dolphins or porpoises, proving perhaps he is neither hermit nor outcast from his own kind, but rather that he is simply content to spend most of his time in and around Dingle Bay.

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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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