Sunday, March 16, 2014

St. Patrick's Day: vintage cards; great Irish books & music

Follow this link for discounted novels and mysteries by award-winning Irish authors (including Frank Delaney, Emma Donoghue, Anne Enright, John McGahern, Desmond MacNamara, Flann O'Brien, and Colm Toibin), books on the immigrant experience, Irish cookbooks, and heaps more.  
 One of my all-time favorite groups for traditional Irish music is The Chieftains.  Here is a live version of "Carrickfergus" with this legendary ensemble. (The studio version is even more haunting.) Of the vocal renditions available on YouTube, my favorites are by Loudon Wainwright III and Joan Baez.
One of the branches of my Irish relatives comes from Wexford. I have been practicing the "The Boys of Wexford" on the guitar ever since hearing of a cousin who threw the band out of a wedding because they couldn't play it!! OMG - I just found out that it was JFK's favorite Irish song. Here goes:
Those of you who are also of Irish extraction will be chuffed to learn that James Joyce is No. 7, Jonathan Swift is No. 41, Oscar Wilde is No. 92, and William Butler Yeats is No. 17 in The Literary 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Novelists, Playwrights, and Poets of All Time. Not a bad showing for the Ould Sod!


  1. Surely George Bernard Shaw must be lurkin' about the Literary 100, whether he like it or no!
    Happy St. Paddy's Day, macushia! (OED Word of the day)

    1. gio the cross-eyedMarch 17, 2014 at 4:02 AM

      That be macushla, damn my specs!

    2. You are correct, at #44! I thumbed through that tome way too fast. Damn the specs & full speed ahead.