In the winter of 1951, a storyteller, the last practitioner of an honored, centuries-old tradition, arrives at the home of nine-year-old Ronan O'Mara in the Irish countryside. For three wonderful evenings, the old gentleman enthralls his assembled local audience with narratives of foolish kings, fabled saints, and Ireland's enduring accomplishments before moving on. But these nights change young Ronan forever, setting him on a years-long pursuit of the elusive, itinerant storyteller and the glorious tales that are no less than the saga of his tenacious and extraordinary isle.
Bullied because of the English father he barely remembers, fourteen-year-old Liam gladly leaves Connemara, Ireland, in 1901 with his uncle and sister, but his problems follow them to Hell's Kitchen in New York City, until he finds a way to leave the pastbehind.
A tale inspired by the 1970s integration of Boston public schools finds Ann Ahern, an outsider in her Irish-American community, witnessing racially and religiously charged uprisings in south Boston and struggling with an infatuation with her half-African French teacher. Reprint.
The Irish Century series is the narrative of the epic struggle of the Irish people for independence through the tumultuous twentieth century. Morgan Llywelyn's magisterial multi-novel chronicle of that story began with 1916, continued in 1921 and 1949 and now continues with 1972. In 1972, Morgan Llywelyn tells the story of Ireland from 1950-1972 as seen through the eyes of young Barry Halloran, son and grandson of Irish revolutionaries. Northern Ireland has become a running sore, poisoning life on both sides of the Irish border. Following family tradition, at eighteen Barry joins the Irish Republican Army to help complete what he sees as 'the unfinished revolution'. But things are no longer as clear cut as they once were. His first experience of violence in Northern Ireland shocks and disturbs him. Yet he has found a sense of family in the Army which is hard to give up. He makes a partial break by becoming a photographer, visually documenting events in the north rather than physically taking part in them. An unhappy early love affair is followed by a tempestuous relationship with Barbara Kavanagh, a professional singer from America. Events lead Barry into a totally different life from the one he expected, yet his allegiance to the ideal of a thirty-two county Irish republic remains undimmed as the problems, and the violence, of Northern Ireland escalate. Then Barry finds himself in the middle of the most horrific event of all: Bloody Sunday in Derry, 1972. The Irish Century Novels 1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion 1921: The Great Novel of the Irish Civil War 1949: A Novel of the Irish Free State 1972: A Novel of Ireland's Unfinished Revolution 1999: A Novel of the Celtic Tiger and the Search for Peace At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
An inspiring story of the young slave who became a national heroine. Set in the era of St. Patrick, this vivid novel, based on historical facts, will captivate readers as Brigid must choose between God's will and the desire to save her family.
This work gathers John V. Kelleher's essays on the most widely known Irish cultural phenomenon - the literary renaissance of the early 20th century. It contains his assessments of Irish literature in its post-Revolutionary phase, and includes essays on the experience of the Irish in America. The text contain essays that examine early Irish literature and culture, opening with a benchmark essay for Irish studies, ""Early Irish History and Pseudo-History"", which was read at the inaugural meeting of the American conference for Irish Studies in 1961. The collection concludes with Kelleher's translations and adaptations of poems in Old, Middle and Modern Irish, illustrating his command of the language at every stage.