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Book Title/Book InfoReview
Ireland's Blue Book 2001
(Paperback; 2.50 IEP/3.00 USD/2.00 UK)
The Blue Book is a unique Association of Ireland's most gracious owner-managed Country Houses and Restaurants. Contains details of 36 houses and restaurants.
Hidden Ireland 2001
(paperback; 3.00 IEP / 4.00 USD)
The Hidden Ireland is a collection of 39 private houses offering the more adventurous visitor a chance to sample Irish country life at its very best, in a style not usually >experienced by the ordinary tourist.
Hidden Ireland 2001: Guide to Holiday Rentals
(paperback; 3.00 IEP / 4.00 USD)
The Hidden Ireland is a collection of 32 properties available for rental. These are particularly appropriate for family holidays.
Bed and Breakfast Guide to Ireland 2001 (Including Northern Ireland)
(IR)(Paperback; 3.00 IEP / 4.00 USD)
Contains details on over 1800 family homes in which the visitor will be made very welcome and enjoy the best in Irish hospitality, comfort and value.
Be Our Guest 2001
(paperback; 4.50 IRP / 6.00 USD)
This guide features a broad selection of Irish Hotels, including stately Country Houses, luxurious castles, worldly Inns and homely Guesthouses.
Irish History and Culture
The Heritage of Ireland
edited by Neil Buttimer, Colin Rynne and Helen Guerin
(Paperback; 25.00 IEP / 30.00 USD / 20.50 UK)
This book is the first multidisciplinary approach to defining and describing Ireland's rich and complex
heritage and analysing its protection and management. It is presented in three main parts, each includes case studies illustrating issues highlighted: Natural, Man-
Made and Cultural Heritage; Conservation and Interpretation; and Administration and Business. It also provides authoritative and detailed accounts of heritage legislation and EU institutions and directives dealing with heritage in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Its contributors include academics, professionals, and practitioners from Ireland, north and south.
All Souls: Growing Up in Boston's Irish Ghetto by Michael Patrick MacDonald
(Hardback; 18.99 IEP / 23.50 USD / 16.50 UK)
The anti-busing riots of 1974 forever changed Southie, Boston's working class Irish community, branding it a violent, racist enclave. But the threats - poverty, drugs, a shadowy gangster world - were real. The author of this memoir lost four of his siblings to violence and poverty. This book is his heart-breaking testimony to lives lost too early, and the story of how a place so filled with pain could still be 'the best place in the world.'
Out Of Ireland:
The Story Of Irish Emigration To America
By Kerby Miller and Paul Wagner
ISBN: 1-57098 180-9
Review Not available
Ireland: A Graphic History
Morgan Llywelyn, Michael Scott
ISBN: 0-7171-2299-9
Review Not available
Encyclopedia of Ireland
An A - Z guide to its people, places, history, and culture
ISBN: 1-85986-320-5
Review note Available
McCarthy's Bar
A Journey of Discovery in the West of Ireland
by Pete McCarthy
ISBN: 0-312-27210-3>
Review not Available
The Famine Ships
The Irish Exodus to America
By Edward Laxton
ISBN: 0-8050-5844-3
Review not available
Worse Could Have Happened
A Boyhood in the Irish Free State 1922 - 1937
By Andrew D. Forrest
ISBN: 1-85371-548-4
No Review Available
The Story of Ireland
A history of an ancient family and their country
by William Magan
ISBN: 1-86204-729-4
No Review Available
The Story of the Irish Race
by Seumas MacManus
ISBN: 0-517-06408-1
Review not Available
The Oxford Ilustrated History of Ireland
edited by R. F. Foster
ISBN: 0-19-285245-0
Review not Available
My Dream of You by Nuala O'Faolain
(Hardback; 12.99 IEP / 15.99 USD / 11.50 UK)
Nuala O'Faolain's autobiography, Are You Somebody? The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman, was a number one bestseller in Ireland for 26 weeks. This book is her first novel.
The Last of the Irish Males by Joseph O'Connor
(Paperback; 9.99 IEP / 13.00 USD / 8.50 UK)
This book is the author's grand finale to the hilarious best-selling 'Irish Male' series - one last look at the bitter-sweet realities that the Irish male encounters at home and abroad as the new Millennium rips up the rulebook.
Art and Literature
The Irish: A Treasury of Art and Literature
ISBN: 0-88363-966-1
Review Not Available
Poems and Translations by Robin Flower
first published by Constable & Co. Ltd., 1931
ISBN: 1-874675-32-5
Review not available
1000 Years of Irish Poetry
edited by Kathleen Hoagland
ISBN: 1-56852-235-5
Review Not Available
The Poetry and Song of Ireland
edited by the great one, John Boyle O'Reilly
no ISBN but available by writing to:
Irish Genealogical Foundation
P.O. Box 7575
Kansas City, MO 64116
(write for free catalog)
The New Oxford Book of Irish Verse
Edited and translations by
Thomas Kinsella
ISBN: 0-19-282643-3
No Review Available
Great Irish Voices
Over 400 years of Irish Oratory
Edited by Gerard Reid
ISBN: 0-7165-2674-3
No Review Available
An Irish Childhood
An Anthology
Edited by A. Norman Jeffares and Antony Kamm
ISBN: 0-00-217788-9
No Review Available
The Ireland Anthology
edited by Seán Dunne
ISBN: 0-312-18429-8
No Review Available
Irish Images
Kerry in Pictures
compiled by Michael Diggin
ISBN: 1-898256-97-7
No Review Available
Images of Ireland: TRALEE
Compiled by Michael Diggin
ISBN: 0-7171-2770-2
No review Available
Misc. Books
A Celtic Book of Days
collected by Sarah Costley and Charles Kightly
ISBN: 0-500-01835-9
No Review Available
A Book of Ireland
edited by Frank O'Connor
Last reprint 1964
No Review Available
The Oxford Book of Ireland
Edited by Patricia Craig
ISBN: 0-19-288112-4
No Review Available
Being Irish
Edited by Paddy Logue
ISBN: 1-86076-176-3
No Review Available
Sunday Miscellany
Edited by Marie Heaney
ISBN: 1-86059-134-5
No Review Available
The Long Watch: World War Two and the Irish Mercantile Marine
by Frank Forde
(Hardback; 20.00 IEP / 26.50 USD / 16.50 UK)
At the outbreak of the Second World War, Ireland declared neutrality and thus became isolated as never before. But it was imperative to continue essential overseas trading. A lifeline had to be formed and so the nucleus of a merchant marine was established. For the following five years a tiny fleet of vessels ventured the seas under the Tricolour, the badge of neutrality clearly emblazoned on their hulls. This book is the story of that fleet, diminutive in size but large in heroism. It is the story also of the exceptional courage of the mariners themselves, many of whom perished as victims of a war in which they were non-participants. It is a dramatic and authentic book that documents the remarkable achievement and grievous losses of the Irish mercantile marine during the Second World War. Contains numerous photographs.
Rituals and Riots: Sectarian Violence and Political Culture in Ulster, 1784-1886
by Sean Farrell
(Hardback; 35.50 IEP / 50.00 USD / 29.50 UK)
Sectarian violence is one of the defining characteristics of the modern Ulster experience. Riots between Catholic and Protestant crowds occurred with depressing frequency throughout the 19th century, particularly within the constricted spaces of the province's burgeoning industrial capital, Belfast. From the Armagh Troubles in 1784 to the Belfast Riots on 1886, ritual confrontations led to regular outbreaks of sectarian conflict. This, in turn, helped keep Catholic/Protestant antagonism at the heart of the political and cultural discussion in the north or Ireland. This book has at its core a subject frequently ignored - the rioters themselves. Rather than focusing on political and religious leaders in a top-down model, the author demonstrates how lower-class attitudes gave rise to violent clashes and dictated the responses of the elite.
Revolution, Counter-Revolution and Union: Ireland in the 1790s
edited by Jim Smyth
(Hardback; 45.50 IEP / 60.00 USD / 37.50 UK)
This volume of essays explores United Irish propaganda and organisation, and looks at the forces of revolution before and during the 1798 rebellion. It also begins to redress imbalances in the historiography of the period by turning to the face of counter-revolution - examining the crisis in law and order, the role of the magistrates, the strengths and weaknesses of the state, and the scope and character of the repression following the rebellion. Other essays consider the short-term and longer-term consequences of these momentous events, including their impact upon the churches, the Act of Union, and the politics of early nineteenth-century America
The Falling Angels: An Irish Romance
by John Walsh
(UK)(Paperback; 8.99 IEP / 12.00 USD / 7.50 UK)
'I was the kid who had hung out for far too long on the stairs in his dressing-gown, eavesdropping on the sounds of adult conviviality, but invited to enter the mysteries at last.'

This book is an exuberant memoir of growing up London-Irish, of having two identities and being caught between both. As a child, John Walsh found the Irishness of his parents' Battersea home bemusing. Here was an enclave of Ireland's mystic west, transported to London's South Circular Road, where performance and after-dinner singing were mandatory, where the gossip and visitors were Irish, and where Catholic priests invaded the kitchen for tea, barm-brack and a waltz with his mother. Ireland too was a puzzle. It was a family holiday destination that meant rain, dry-stone walls and blue bubble gum. It was a country that seemed to scatter its tribes of exiles across the globe, a place his mother had escaped from and his father only longed to return to.

But as a teenager spellbound by Mick Jagger and images of Catholic martyrdom, the author discovers an extended family in a Galway he never know existed. In this new world of hoolies, spook-haunts and wakes, and ultimately through the death of his mother, he begins to understand the Irish Way of Life and Death and the heart of his Hibernian roots.

Witty, intimate and full of illuminating insights into exile, religion and the culture of 'belonging', this book is a the passionate tale of one man's relationship with a mythic and mercurial homeland. This book was our choice for Book of the Month Non Fiction for January 2000.

'Out of Ireland'
Out Of Ireland, by noted scholar Kerby Miller and fillmmaker

Paul Wagner, is a moving portrayal of Irish emigration to the United States. The book is based on a documentary film of the same name developed for public television and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. This sweeping historical epic involving millions of Irish men and women over a period of two centuries is personalized by the stories of several individual immigrants, using the actual letters they wrote home to Ireland describing their experiences in the New World. It is further brought to life by 110 riveting and rarely seen photographs and illustrations, the fruits of more than two years of research in Irish and American archives.

'IRELAND - A Graphic History'
by Morgan Llywelyn and Michael Scott
is a vividly illustrated depiction of the country's evolution, from its Celtic roots to its present-day realities. Two best-selling Authors have teamed up with National Cartoon Company of Ireland to tell the story of Ireland in graphic narrative form. This combination of words and images brings history alive and makes it accessible to young and old alike. Ireland's six thousand year history is full of drama and intrigue, cruelty and compassion, humour and spirit. This book portrays it in a way that has never been done before and sets a new standard for history books of the future. A uniquely inspired treasure for historians, art lovers, graphic novel enthusiasts, and people who enjoy a great story.
Erin's Daughters in America; Irish Immigrant Women in the Nineteenth Century
by Hasia R. Diner, 1983
by The John Hopkins University Press
ISBN 0-8018-2871-6
ISBN 0-8018-2872-4 pbk
approximately $15.00
No Review Available
A Story of Dublin
by John McCormack
An engrossing account of the history of Dublin from its earliest times to the present day. Packed with anecdotes and little known facts about such events as the siege of the city by a Scottish army, the explosion on the quays which killed over 100 citizen, the strange tale of the Ouzel Galley, the battle of Rathmines, Tallaght and Stepaside and much more. Illustrated with original drawings throughout.
The Inishkeas:
Mayo's Lost Islands
by Brian Dornan
Brian Burnham studies the origin, growth, and decay of a community on the Inishkea islands, County Mayo. Using maps, diagrams, tables, and a multitude of written and oral sources, the author weaves a fascinating story of island life and how it functioned in nineteenth-century Ireland. Offering a multi-faceted account of how they viewed the world outside this study is a microcosm of how such societies flourished and disappeared with the advent of modernisation in the twentieth century. 'Once the oil had been disposed of, the island workmen had to attack the carcasses "with saws and knives, long murderous things"
Paul Henry, on visiting the islands.
Greatest Irish Americans of the 20th Century,
edited by Patricia Harty
Patricia Marty, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Irish America magazine, is a celebration of Irish Americans and their impact on American history, culture and life. Over 150 Irish Americans are considered in this book through profiles and photographs - among them James Cagney, Bing Crosby, Walt Disney, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry Ford, and John F. Kennedy. Essays and reflections from prominent Irish American writers are featured throughout, including Frank McCourt, Pete Hamill and William Kennedy.
Blood-Dark Track
Joseph O'Neill
A fascinating memoir by New York based writer Joseph O'Neill - it is an account of his two grandfathers- One Turkish, One Irish. Joseph Dakad, his mother's father, was imprisoned by the British in Palestine during the Second World War and James O'Neill, his father's father, was an Irish republican activist and was interned in the Curragh at roughly the same time.
Lockout Dublin 1913
by Padraig Yeates
(Hardback; 19.99 IEP / 25.00 USD / 17.50 UK)
This book is the story of the most famous labour dispute in Irish history. At 9:40 a.m. on Tuesday, 26 August 1913, the trams stopped running in Dublin. Striking conductors and drivers abandoned their vehicles. They had refused a demand from their employer to forswear union membership or face dismissal. The company then locked them out. Within a month, the charismatic union leader, James Larkin, had called out over 20,000 workers across the city in sympathetic action. This titanic struggle was played out in the city with the worst slums and greatest poverty of any capital in northern Europe. This book is first detailed account of Ireland's greatest industrial conflict, set against the backdrop of the home rule crisis and major developments in the British labour movement. In telling this extraordinary story, the author also surveys the social life and politics of Dublin on the eve of the Great War.
Ireland and the Great War
by Keith Jeffrey
(Hardback; 17.95 IEP / 23.50 USD / 16.00 UK)
This book explores the impact, both immediate and in its longer historical perspective, of the First World War upon Ireland across the broadest range of experience - nationalist, unionist, Catholic, Protestant - and in civilian social, economic and cultural terms, as well as purely military. Underscoring the work is a belief that the Great War is the single most central experience in twentieth-century Ireland and that the events of the war years, whether at home in Dublin during the Easter Rising or at the European battlefront, constitute a 'seamless robe' of Irish experience. The book also explores cultural responses to the war and its commemoration since 1918, up to the dedication of the Irish 'Peace Tower' in Belgium in November 1998.
Women in Parliament: Ireland, 1918-2000
by Maedhbh McNamara and Paschal Mooney
(Hardback; 18.99 IEP / 24.50 USD / 17.00 UK)
This is the first study of its kind. It contains comprehensive directories of women elected to the Dail and Seanad, and details of women in the Presidency, Irish women members of the European Parliament and women elected to represent Northern Ireland in its Parliaments and at Westminister. This book is essential reading and reference for everyone with an interest in Irish politics and history, or women's affairs in twentieth-century Ireland.
The Shifting Balance of Power:
Exploring the 20th Century
by Joe Lee
(Paperback; 11.99 IEP / 16.50 USD / 10.00 UK)
Joe Lee's column in the (Irish) Sunday Tribune has broken new ground in the way it looks at history and how the momentous events of the 20th century shaped the world we live in. Collected here are the 43 essays that formed the series: 'Joe Lee's 20th Century'. He explores the great wars and the great events in a way that so brings to life what was in so many ways the greatest, and in so many ways the most terrible of centuries.
Mayo's Lost Islands: The Inishkeas
by Brian Dornan
(Paperback; 22.50 IEP / 27.50 USD / 18.50 UK)
The Inishkeas are low-lying islands a few miles off the coast of the Mullet peninsula in County Mayo. The past 4000 years have seen several layers of settlement on the islands. This book focuses on the last 100 years in the life of the Inishkea community, ending in the 1930s. It uses documents, folklore records and reminiscences of islanders to examine all aspects of island life. It includes: the land and its tenants; marriage patterns; the sea and fishing customs; housing, religion, schooling and superstition; the whaling industry of the early twentieth century; and place names and family names.
Streets Broad and Narrow:
Images of Vanishing Dublin
by Kevin C. Kearns
(Hardback; 16.99 IEP / 22.50 USD / 15.00 UK)
This selection of photographs provides a visual chronicle of Dublin inner-city life over the past generations. In sharp contrast to standard Dublin photographic books that feature famous places and personages, this is a 'grass-roots' collection that portrays the common people going about their ordinary daily life. There is a gritty reality in the faces of weathered street dealers, crusty horse traders, gang kids, street buskers, pavement gamblers, and frolicking kids.
The Irish Highwaymen
by Stephen Dunford
(Paperback; 14.99 IEP / 18.95 USD / 13.50 UK)
This book contains enthralling true stories of the brigands, rapparees and highwaymen of Irish history. The lives and times of fifteen of Ireland's most notorious adventurers are told here: audacious ambushes, sword and gun battles with landlords and military, daring escapes, hideouts and disguised identities, plots, betrayals and raids - and sometimes brutal ends by hanging, beheading or gunfire. The action-packed stories weave historical events and local folklore; here together for the first time, too, are the traditional Irish songs and music that grew around each of the highwayman's legend. Beautifully illustrated with pen-and-ink drawings, maps and photographs of still-existing landmarks and memorabilia.
The Port of Medieval Dublin
by Andrew Halpin
(Paperback; 24.95 IEP / 32.50 USD / 19.50 UK)
During the second phase of construction of the new Civic Offices, Dublin, in the early 1990s, an archaeological excavation of the proposed car park area was undertaken by the author on behalf of Dublin Corporation. The excavation revealed evidence for remains of wooden revetments, dating to the later part of the 12th century, and also the remains of a substantial masonry structure. Historical research indicates that the stone building may be the remains of the 13th century Tholsel or Guildhall, indicating continuity of function on this site.
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