THE LEITRIM GUARDIAN, 1999
Edited by Fr. Gerry Comiskey
For years, the Leitrim Guardian, a glossy color magazine, has bound together Leitrim people throughout the world. This year’s 120-page production is no different, with an array of articles and photos, quite a number of which cover happenings and personalities in the U.S. The magazine is also a celebration of Leitrim’s achievements and successes, and is the only county magazine of its kind in Ireland. It is also different in that it does not contain a single advert to distract the reader. Price $10 plus shipping. For information, call Pat Kennedy at (718) 653-4315.
A YEAR ‘TIL SUNDAY
This 73-minute-long video tells the fascinating story of Galway’s 1998 All-Ireland football championship victory. But it’s more than that. Made by the team’s reserve goal-keeper, Pat Comer, the video is an insider’s look at the human drama behind the games, a look into the heart of the dressing room, where the quest for victory is paramount. The Irish Independent described it as "the most authentic fly-on-the-wall documentary ever to hit the GAA." The Irish Times described it as "the first great GAA film." $28, includes shipping. For information, call Michael Murphy Management, Nutley, N.J., at 1 (888) 875-2644 or (973) 661-9731.
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The 15 tracks on this new Green Linnet release showcase the grace and beauty of the Celtic tradition by some of the world’s finest singers from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany and America. Irish performers include Nóirín Ní Riain, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, duo Séamus Begley and Steve Cooney, and John Spillane. For information, call Green Linnet Records at (203) 730-0333.
SPELLBOUND, the best
of Sharon Shannon
Another release from Danbury, Conn.-based Green Linnet Records. This 21-track retrospective album highlights the best of accordion player Sharon Shannon’s unique style, and represents a decade of recordings. It finishes with five previously unreleased tracks. The new tracks include "Song of the Rosy Cross" with vocal cameo from Mike Scott of The Waterboys and "The Magic Foot," featuring Cape Breton fiddler Natalie Macmaster. Also featured on the album are Adam Clayton of U2, regg’ luminary Dennis Bovell and Liam O’Maonlai of Hothouse Flowers. For information, call Green Linnet Records at (203) 730-0333.