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February 16, 2011

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ETERNAL ECHOES

John O’Donohue

The author, who lives in Ireland, is a Catholic scholar who lectures and conducts workshops in the U.S. and Europe. In this, his second book, O’Donohue explores the most basic of human desires, the desire to belong. Eternal Echoes is a work that fuses philosophy, spirituality, poetry and Irish folklore. Published by Cliff Street Books/HarperCollins. 274 pp. $25.

AN AGE OF INNOCENCE,

IRISH CULTURE 1930-1960

Brian Fallon

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This book by one of Ireland’s most distinguished journalists, and a former chief critic of The Irish Times, challenges the stereotypical image that Irish life between 1930 and 1960 was a sort of cultural wasteland. And he argues that the effects of literary censorship, while onerous, was greatly exaggerated. Published by St. Martin’s Press. 313 pp. $59.95.

IRISH BALLADS &

SONGS OF THE SEA

Dan Milner and friends

The liner notes on this CD state that in the golden age of sail, many Western Ocean seamen were Irish. And by "Irish" the writer means the nationality in the broadest sense. So this recording by Dan Milner, accompanied by others including Louis Killen, Mick Moloney, Andy O’Brien And Bill McComiskey, has a whiff of salt from the seas around Ireland, the wharfs of Liverpool, the bay fronting Boston and the great estuaries that reach to New York and Philadelphia. Distributed by Folk-Legacy Records, Box 1148, Sharon Ct. 06069 or www.folklegacy.com. Milner himself can be contacted at folkmusic@prodigy.net.

GREAT IRISH VOICES

Over 400 Years of Irish Oratory

Edited by Gerard Reid

One thing about Irish history, there’s a lot to be said about it. This hardcover, published by Irish Academic Press and distributed in the U.S. by International Specialized Book Services Inc., presents a selection of speeches, sermons and addresses by leading Irish figures over the last 400 years. 402 pp. $34.95. SBS can be contacted at 5804 N.E. Hassalo St., Portland, OR 97213 or phone (503) 287-3093.

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