THE OXFORD BOOK OF IRELAND
R. F. Foster
This 528-page hardback from Oxford University Press is a collection of the greatest Irish writers reflecting upon their homeland. This anthology includes the works of Samuel Beckett, Elizabeth Bowen, Séamus Heaney, James Joyce, Patrick Kavanagh, Louis MacNiece, Frank O’Connor, Honor Tracy, William Trevor and W.B. Yeats. The cost is $35. For information, call Dorothy Porter at (212) 726-6033 or e-mail email@example.com.
SCENES OF AN IRISH CHRISTMAS
Blanaid Murphy/Jonathan Jacob
This is probably the year’s first Christmas music gift idea. Scenes of an Irish Christmas is a selection of seasonal favorites that evoke memories of a traditional Christmas in Ireland. The music is conducted by Blánaid Murphy, the well-known conductor of the "Faith of Our Fathers" CDs, and is sung by the RTE children’s choir, Cór na nÓg. This collection was recorded in the Franciscan Church of Adam and Eve in the heart of Dublin. From Viking Records, 16 Westgate, St. Augustine Street, Dublin 8, Ireland. For information, call 011-353-1-677-3712.
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THE MUSIC OF WHAT HAPPENS
With her second Shanachie recording "The Music of What Happens," Irish American singer Cathie Ryan offers a set of original and traditional songs, proving that she a singer and songwriter equally at home amid the deepest strains of Irish tradition or the cutting edge of the contemporary songwriting movement. For information, call Shanachie Entertainment at (212) 334-0284 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
THE IRISH RM
Acorn Media, of 7910 Woodmount Avenue, Suite 350, Bethesda, MD, has released the comedies "The Irish RM and "Red Green Stuffed and Mounted" on home video. "Red Green Stuffed and Mounted" is a PBS comedy while "The Irish RM" is from PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre. For information, call (800) 474-2277.