Katy O’Connor first began performing at age 6 with her five siblings in the classrooms of her school. The O’Connors would sing mostly Irish songs to a mostly Hungarian audience. Now the grown-up Katy O’Connor sings jazz to fans from all over the world in New York. Her latest CD, "Distraction," is available from Tariah Records, 320 7th Ave. #260, Brooklyn, NY 11215. Details also from (212) 539-6526 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BATTLING FOR PEACE
It wasn’t all Hume and Adams, Clinton and Mitchell. Richard Needham spent a record seven years (1985-92) as a Conservative Party minister in Northern Ireland and forcefully stamped his presence on the North to the point that it all had to be put down in a book. "What distinguished Needham from the Tory herd was his refusal to toe the line," wrote Barry White in the Belfast Telegraph. The troubled North through a Tory minister’s eyes. Dufour Editions, Chester Springs, PA 19425. 344 pp. $28.95
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Moira’s Crossing is the story of the relationship between sisters in a string of settings: An Irish farm back in the troubled days of 1921, Boston and a fishing village in Maine. This is the first novel by Shea, who lives in Massachusetts, and it tells a tale familiar to the Irish everywhere — one of family ties both stretched and consolidated by emigration. St. Martin’s Press. 288 pp. $22.95.
Agnes Rossi’s second novel follows the trail of Irish rebel Edward Devlin, who flees to Paterson, N.J.,, after the death of his wife. New Jersey native Rossi, who now lives in Brooklyn, was a finalist in the Granta Best of Young Novelists Awards in 1996. Published by Dutton. 294 pp. $23.95.