Reviews and Blog Posts: Ireland

Man Booker Prize 2014 Shortlist Announced

I love Man Booker Prize books!

It's that time again!  The shortlist of nominations for the Man Booker Prize 2014 was announced on Tuesday.  I still have not yet read all of the shortlisted nominations from last year (yes, I know, it's terrible, please don't tell anyone), and here are all these new, wonderful selections - I really need to get cracking!

How the Irish saved civilization

by Thomas Cahill

Reviewer Rating:
2

I wanted to like this book. I had heard good things, but apparently I have been spoiled by modern narrative non-fiction. Cahill runs through pre-medieval history, spending FAR too much time on Rome and Greece (1/3 of the book), in strict chronological order and never really weaving a story, or...

Man Booker Prize 2013 Shortlist Announced

Image: Book Sticker 2012 Man Booker Prize

I loved every Man Booker Prize winning novel I've read: The White Tiger, Life of Pi, Midnight's Children,The English Patient.

And I always thought I had read more of them then I actually have.

Read Me, I'm Irish!

A statue of James Joyce in Dublin

This St. Patrick's Day, pass over the leprechauns, green beer, and clovers in silence and enjoy a true celebration of Irish culture in the works of this triumvirate of Irish literary giants.

Entertain your friends over the holiday weekend by reciting Jem Casey's "The Workman's Friend" or quoting the stately, plump Buck Mulligan.

England, Great Britain, United Kingdom: What's the Difference?

Map of the UK: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland.

Sometimes you find answers in unexpected places. I found the most succinct description I've ever seen of how England, Great Britain and the United Kingdom relate to each other in a library newsletter about travel guidebooks:

London is the capital of England.

England is a country.

Britain is an area that consists of England and the country of Wales.

  • Great Britain is the name of the island that is home to the countries of England, Wales, and Scotland.
  • The United Kingdom (UK) is a country that is a union of the countries on the island of Great Britain, along with the country of Northern Ireland (which shares the island of Ireland with the Republic of Ireland.)
  • [The Republic of Ireland is] a separate country that is not part of the UK.
  • London is also the capital of the UK.

Rodrigo y Gabriela

RyG playing in Paris in November 2010

There's a reason why Rodrigo y Gabriela's upcoming concert in Boulder is sold out—the Latin acoustic guitar duo is getting too big for little venues. Their powerful songs defy accurate comparison and genre. Out of Mexico and residing in Dublin, Ireland, this group's rhythms will make you wish they were local.

From adventurous originals like Tamacun to an all-acoustic guitar version of Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven, truly each and every song is musically impressive and interesting. The band has said that though your ears might hear flamenco, that's not what it is. More specifically, they blend "Latin harmonies and rhythms but the structure is rock," according to their bio on Jambase (a great band profile website). Their influences include salsa, classic rock, and Mexican metal.

Films of Ireland

The Secret of the Kells

Everybody's Irish on St. Patrick's Day! Check out one of these films that feature the Irish and Irish-American experience!

Historical Fiction Set in Ireland

Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day all year long! If you are in the mood for a historical novel set in Ireland, the library has many titles ready to wet your whistle. Even when set against the realities of social and political turmoil, the love and laughter of the Irish people shine through.

Harpist Star Edwards

Holiday madness got you down? Take an hour off from your busy schedule and join harpist, Star Edwards in our Beehive. Relax and enjoy her soothing sounds on Saturday, December 4, at 2 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library.
 

In addition to being a renowned harpist, Star Edwards is the author of Learn to Play Celtic Harp: Four Levels of Learning, Learn One Hand at a Time, One Clef at a Time. You can even sign up to take lessons from her at the Swallow Hill Music School.

More Celtic Harp Music:

The Book of Kells

The Secret of Kells was recently nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The Book of Kells, circa 800, inspired the intricate knots, designs and motifs that carried audiences away with delight and wonder. From creating your own Celtic designs to delving into the history of The Book of Kells, the library has it.

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