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February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

IRISH ALMANAC &

YEARBOOK OF FACTS 1999

Edited by Pat McArt

This brand new publication, distributed in the U.S. by Dufour Editions, of Chester Springs, Pa., is described on its cover as "the ultimate Irish reference book." The description is not far off the mark. This 490-page publication, costing $14.95, contains a wealth of up-to-the-minute information on Ireland, covering everything from politics, sport, the media, who’s who, culture, arts, population, geography, business, finance, trade, religion, agriculture, tourism, education, law and defense, health and other useful sections. For information, call (610) 458-5005.

DUBLIN TO DAKAR,

A CELTIC ODYSSEY

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Putumayo World Music

This CD is a celebration of the worldwide influence of Celtic music. It is also the follow-up to "Celtic Tides," a CD and video release presenting leading artists from Ireland, Scotland, and Eastern Canada. "Dublin to Dakar" presents cross-cultural music from throughout the Celtic diaspora. It features Breton Celtic harpist Alan Stivell and African superstar Youssou, Brigid Boden, Modena City Ramblers, Capercaillie and many others. For information, call (212) 625-1400 or log onto www.putumayo.com.

44: DUBLIN MADE ME

Peter Sheridan

It was within the walls of 44 Seville Place in Dublin that Peter Sheridan grew up. This book, published by Viking, and distributed in the U.S. by Penguin Putnam, is Sheridan’s funny and poignant homage to childhood, family and his beloved city of Dublin. Sheridan was a director of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin and, with his brother Jim, co-founded and ran the Project Theatre Company. He has also directed at the Irish Arts Center and the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York. He wrote and directed the off-Broadway play "Mother of All the Behans" in 1994 and, in 1998, was featured in Jim’s film "The Boxer." Peter Sheridan will be in the U.S. for an eight-city reading tour in May.

ALLYN’S EMBARRASSING &

MYSTERIOUS IRISH ADVENTURES

Carol McGinley

This is a novel about the Ireland of today written from the perspective of two American children. While vacationing in the Irish Republic, 12-year-old Allyn and her brother Mitchell uncover clues involving international smugglers. The two children thwart criminals, become heroes and learn much about Ireland in the process. The novel contains three maps of Ireland, illustrations and both color and black and white photos. Published by AGA Publishing and distributed in the U.S. by Quality Books, it is suitable for children aged 9 to 12. For information, log onto Amazon.com.

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