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The Sea

by John Banville

Winner of the prestigious 2005 Man Booker Prize, The Sea is the elegiac story of an elderly widower returning to the seaside village where he spent his childhood summers. Described by one of the judges as "a masterful study of grief, memory and love recollected", an amazon reviewer also lauds the work as a "a rich, rewarding and beautifully evoked novel that resonates with the reader."
Click here for The Sea.


Scarlet Feather
by Maeve Binchy

Maeve has done it again. A verbal, colorful, comforter of family and friends (and a few not so friendly) to delight the reader.
Binchy possesses a magical way of drawing the reader into the mix and making you wish that you could be a part of it all.
Judith Flynn
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The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits
by Emma Donoghue

This wonderful book of fictions that are also true, is named for Mary Toft, who, in 1726, managed to convince half England that she'd laboured and had done just that, given birth to rabbits. Resurrecting buried scandals, audacious hoaxes and private tragedies, the Irish author has written a sequence of short stories about peculiar moments in the history of the British Isles.
Click here for Birth to Rabbits.


The Dark
by John McGahern

A powerful coming of age tale that is both riveting and disturbing. The unnamed protagonist lives in an Ireland similar to the Ireland of Angela’s Ashes, but unlike Frank McCourt, McGahern paints a portrait using sparse words to give vivid images of a country far behind the modern world. Some believe McGahern creates a picture of Ireland rarely seen. I am not sure that this is accurate. He is in keeping with the Ireland we find in the writings of James Joyce, and to a lesser extent Frank O'Connor, and he shares their literary gifts. Extracted and edited from an amazon review.
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The Winner of Sorrow
by Brian Lynch

Better known as a poet, Brian Lynch moves into prose in this title, in which he brings back to life the soul of a lost poet. The subtlety of the poet is married with the narrative of the novelist, and we are left with a most compelling title. If you are looking for a page turner of a more serious nature, then you need look no further. Review from Kennys Book Shop.
Click here for The Winner of Sorrow.

Haunted Ground
by Erin Hart

Set in an area of Ireland where my dad was born, this book is drawing me in with its intrigue, suspense and mystery. Add to that the local color of evenings at the pub, the petty feuds and jealousies of the townspeople and then top it all off with traditional music and culture - the result is a thoroughly enjoyable read which will eventually lead to a full review. For the moment, I can't put it down and I couldn't wait to recommend this absorbing gem.
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Death Comes too Soon
A Bridget O’Hern Mystery

by Patricia Harrington

This not an edge of the seat suspense thriller but it is a very well written story that will appeal to those who enjoy a classic mystery in the vein of an Agatha Christie. A murder has been committed and our primary character - Bridget O’Hern - is the heroine who helps the authorities find out who did it and bring them to justice. This is the second in the Bridget O’Hern series, but it stands on its own as a satisfyingly good read.
Please click here for Death Comes too Soon.


Star of the Sea
by Joseph O'Connor

Joe was on a book-signing tour and graciously consented to an interview. Read our review of this, his latest book, which Roddy Doyle says is his best yet.
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Grace's Pictures - Ellis Island
by Cindy Thomson

This is an eye-opening story about what life might have been like for an Irish immigrant to America in the early 1900's. Grace McCaffery is saved from the workhouse in Ireland, where she has lived for almost half her life, when her mother marries a policeman and he sponsors her to go to America. A great mystery about immigrants, a camera, corrupt police, and poverty. Edited from a GoodRead review.
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Tue, Dec 2, 2014


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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