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Mar 13

Luck of the Irish

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 12:00 AM by Craig Jacobson

irish blessings cover.jpg“Wherever you go and
Whatever you do,
May the luck of the Irish
Be there with you.”

Everyone is Irish on March 17, so Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all of you.  The Emerald Isle, with its 40 shades of green is considered to be one of the prettiest countries in the world.  That fact is easily seen in the book, Irish Blessings: a photographic celebration, where beautiful color photographs accompany sixty traditional blessings.  Other books that help you journey through the beautiful countryside of Ireland would be Journey Through IrelandA Guide to Stone Circles, The Pipes Are Calling, and The Most Beautiful Villages of Ireland.  PBS can take you on a special tour of Historic Pubs of Dublin, with Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes) as your special tour guide.  Not only will he tell you about these special establishments, but he will also give you a feel for this country- it’s history and its people.  Should you want to travel to Ireland you wouldn’t want to miss a thing.  Ireland’s Best Trips, Back Roads Ireland, and National Geographic Traveler: Ireland are wonderful guides that point out great road trips and off-the-path excursions while you are there.

most beautiful villages cover.jpgThe beauty of this country can also be found in their music.  The sounds of fiddle, bodhran, bones, guitar, mandolin, whistle, and bagpipes come together to form the music that is unique to Irish songs and ballads in Coming Home, Celtic Wedding Music, The Bagpipe, Leahy, Clancy Brothers, The Road Less Traveled, One More Song, Wedding and Love Songs, The Very Best of the Irish Tenors, Come Dance With Me in Ireland, Greatest Hits, and Celtic Divas.  Irish dancing as in Jig and The Best of Riverdance is just as joyful as their music.

 There’s nothing more Irish than Irish stew.  If you’d like to try your hand at that or other Irish delicacies like pork sausages with colcannon, buttered cabbage, brown soda bread, Irish apple cake, or fluffy lemon pudding you might want to check out Rachel’s Irish Family Food, The New Irish Table, The Little Irish Baking Book, Cooking the Irish Way, The Irish Pub Cookbook, and The Frugal Gourmet on Our Immigrant Ancestors.

shannon cover.jpgWith all the beauty that is Ireland, the heart of Ireland is her people. The Irish Way, The Great Hunger, This Great Calamity, Ireland, a Terrible Beauty, and The Irish: sinners, saints, gamblers, gentry, are all books that tell the history of what these people have endured.

There are quite a few stories that take place in Ireland whether you like mysteries, historical fiction, or just a good book.  Here are a few suggestions: Trinity, Lion of Ireland, This Cold Country, A Star Called Henry, My Dream of You, In the Company of Others, A Week in Winter, The Last Storyteller, The Matchmaker of Kenmare, The Celtic Riddle, The Nature of Water and Air, and The Death of an Irish Tinker.  For those of you that like books in a series there is  Irish Trilogy,  Cousins O’ Dwyer, Galway Chronicles, Irish Country Novel, Dublin Saga, Sister Fidelma, and Nuala Anne McGrail Novels

As the Irish have said,
“May you have…
A song in your heart,
A smile on your lips
And nothing but joy
At your fingertips.”
…and may you have a good book to read.

Book covers courtesy of Easicat.