Sean Kelly remembers one of Ireland’s most significant and revered poets. ℘℘℘ Ireland, from 1932 until 1973, was ruled by the eminently austere statesman Eamon de Valera, in cahoots with John Charles McQuaid, the outstandingly chaste Archbishop of Dublin. The former dreamed of “athletic youths, sturdy children and happy maidens, living the life that GodRead more..
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A sampling of the latest Irish books on offer. ℘℘℘ RECOMMENDED Telling an as-yet-untold story about the heroic FDNY mission of September 11, Terry Golway writes: “Lieutenant Bob Bohack faced the dilemma of his career. He had his orders: He was to help extinguish the fire on the 79th floor. But those orders were givenRead more..
A sampling of the latest Irish books on offer. ℘℘℘ RECOMMENDED Brotherhood, a stunning, 240-page book of photos, captures the heavily-Irish New York Fire Department in all its rugged, poignant suffering and glory. Pity Frank McCourt, who was drafted to write the introduction. His words are somehow supposed to stand alongside these extraordinary images. Somehow,Read more..
RECOMMENDED For decades, one simple question has split the Irish on both sides of the Atlantic into two warring factions: Do you love or loathe The Quiet Man, that 1952 stage Irish classic starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, and directed by John Ford? Ford himself was often more Irish than the Irish themselves, makingRead more..
FICTION For almost five decades now, legendary newspaperman Jimmy Breslin has dispensed wisdom, wit and justice with his hard-hitting columns. But Breslin has also published a dozen books now, and his novels have inspired a generation of Irish American writers. His 1973 novel World Without End, Amen chronicled the civil rights movements in both AmericaRead more..
NON-FICTION A larger-than-life Irish American politician finally gets the treatment he deserves – praise and criticism, that is – in Tip O’Neill and the Democratic Century, by Boston Globe writer John A. Farrell. The key aspect of this book’s title is the second part. Not only is O’Neill’s life, growing up working-class in heavily IrishRead more..
NON-FICTION Two new books could be grouped under the Lg “The Irish: Then and Now.” First there’s Irish America Coming into Clover: The Evolution of a Culture by Maureen Dezell. A Boston Globe staff writer, Dezell takes a rather irreverent look at Irish America in the year 2000. Some may be rubbed the wrong wayRead more..
NON-FICTION The Irish cop is no stereotype. As authors Thomas Reppetto and James Lardner show, in their informative new history NYPD: A City and Its Police, the Irish have played an integral role on New York City’s police force since its creation in 1844. By the mid- 1880s, the authors write, one survey “found thatRead more..
Novelist Emer Martin, author of More Bread or I’ll Appear, was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship which honors men and women who have demonstrated an exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or creative ability in the arts. A native of Dublin, Martin completed her most recent novel while pursuing her bachelor’s degree at Hunter College. She wasRead more..
A sampling of the latest Irish books on offer, reviewed by Tom Deignan. ℘℘℘ Non-Fiction One summer day in 1948, a shy kid in short pants named John Connolly wandered into a corner drug store with a couple of pals. The boys were looking to check out the candy at the store on the outskirtsRead more..