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St. Patrick's Bounty   by Hilary Williamson
(updated Mar 2011)
From Last Fruit off an Old Tree by Walter Savage Landor:

Ireland never was contented... / Say you so? you are demented.
Ireland was contented when / All could use the sword and pen.
And when Tara rose so high / That her turrets split the sky,

And about her courts were seen / Liv'ried Angels robed in green,
Wearing, by St. Patrick's bounty, / Emeralds big as half a county.

St. Patrick offers a bountiful spread for bibliophiles, in a variety of genres. These authors have the true gift of the gab - much better than blarney ...

Brigid of KildareThe Bad Book Affair by Ian Sansom
4th Mobile Library Mystery starring Israel Armstrong in Tumdrum.

Brigid of Kildare by Heather Terrell
The story of early Christianity's first and only female bishop.

The Bird Woman by Kerry Hardie
Ellen, with healing hands, travels to the Catholic South.

Blackcock's Feather by Maurice Walsh
A rousing tale of historical adventure set in Ulster in Elizabethan times.

Blackcock's FeatherDaughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
Superbly re-tells the legend of the sister who saves her 6 swan brothers.

The Fall of Light by Niall Williams
Foley family members follow their tattered dreams across continents.

Forever by Pete Hamill
Centuries in the life of Cormac O'Connor in Ireland & New York City.

Galway Bay by Mary Pat Kelly
Ireland suffers before, during and after the potato famine.

Guinness by Bill Yenne
'The 250 Year Quest for the Perfect Pint'.

Heart and Soul by Maeve Binchy
A heart clinic opens in Dublin with a staff who give their all.

Ireland by Frank Delaney
Frames Irish history and myth in a boy's fascination with a modern bard.

An Irish Country Girl by Patrick Taylor
Story of Kinky Kincaid, the Ballybucklebo doctors' housekeeper.

The Irish Spirit by Margaret M. Johnson
'Recipes Inspired by the Legendary Drinks of Ireland'.

Irish Traditional Cooking by Darina Allen
'Over 300 Recipes from Ireland's Heritage'.

Jaywalking with the Irish by David Monagan
American Irish settle in Cork with 'chancers and dreamers and misfits'.

The Matchmaker of Kenmare by Frank Delaney
In 1943 Ireland and France, both Ben and Kate look for lost mates.

IrelandMidlife Irish by Frank Gannon
Frank Gannon finds his roots in a country that makes him feel at home.

My Dream Of You by Nuala O'Faolain
Expat Kathleen returns to Ireland & inadvertently discovers her inner self.

PS, I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
Heartbreaking journey, set in Dublin, after the death of a beloved partner.

The Rainbow Singer by Simon Kerr
14-year-old N. Ireland Protestant fights bigotry while practicing it himself.

The Soul ThiefThe Rebels of Ireland by Edward Rutherford
Tells a fictional history of Ireland from 1538 to 1922.

The Road to McCarthy by Pete McCarthy
Travels 'Around the World in Search of Ireland'.

Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks
Hilarious tale about the trials and tribulations involved in winning a bet.

A Shadow of Gulls by Patricia Finney
Heroes, honor, geasa and a talented half Irish half Roman harper.

The Soul Thief by Cecelia Holland
Saga of Corban, his twin sister Mav and Vikings in 10th century Ireland.

Star of the Sea by Joseph O'Connor
An excellent portrayal of the Irish potato famine in the 1800s.

The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor
Haunting tale of Irish Protestant-Catholic troubles around WW II.

'Tis Herself by Maureen O'Hara & John Nicoletti
Replaces the glamour and pretense of Hollywood with human feelings.

Tilting by Robert Mellin
Irish community long settled in an outport in Fogo Island, Newfoundland.

The Truth About Love by Josephine Hart
A sister ponders the nature of love after a brother's tragic death.

The Yellow House by Patricia Falvey
A house painted yellow dominates Eileen O'Neill's mind for many years.

'As you slide down the banisters of life may the splinters never point the wrong way.'
For more Irish fiction, have a look at Gaelic Mysteries.

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