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February 16, 2011

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G’LIC GAMES AND THE

G’LIC ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

Paul Healy

This 160-page paperback, from Mercier Press, and the Irish American Book Company, a subsidiary of Roberts Rinehart, contains essential information on the GAA and the games it represents: Gaelic football, hurling, camogie and handball. The book deals with the beginnings of the organization that has long been an integral part of the fabric of Irish life, the games, the rules, the stars and the organization’s social impact. The author lives in Roscommon, where he is editor of the local newspaper, The Roscommon Champion. Cost $10.95. For information, call Nina Ingalls at (303) 652-2710, ext. 100.

STEPS ON MY PILGRIM JOURNEY,

MEMORIES AND REFLECTIONS

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Cardinal Cahal B. Daly

This 548-page hardback publication is a memoir of Cardinal Cahal Daly, the County Antrim native who became Catholic primate of All-Ireland and who retired on Oct. 1, 1996, his 79th birthday. Published by Veritas, 7-8 Lower Abbey St., Dublin 1. Price £24.99. For information, call Brian Lynch at 011-353-1-878-8177.

CROSSING THE BRIDGE

Eileen Ivers

Ivers, the Bronx, N.Y.-born Irish fiddle player the world discovered in "Riverdance," makes her solo recording debut on Sony Classical with "Crossing the Bridge." Joining Ivers is producer Brian Keane who arranged and performed on several of the 12 tracks. In addition to original pieces and new arrangements of traditional songs, it includes Ivers’s performance of "Nearer My God To Thee," from Sony’s "Back to Titanic." The liner notes for "Crossing the Bridge" include an essay by Pulitzer Prize-winner Frank McCourt.

TWENTY YEARS A-GROWING

Maurice O’Sullivan

This classic was first published in Irish in 1933. It is the enduring story of a boy’s growing up on the Great Blaskets, a sparsely inhabited Gaelic-speaking island off the coast of Ireland. Maurice O’Sullivan was born in 1904 on the Great Blasket. He left the island as a young man to join the Civic Guard, but found that law enforcement was not to his liking. While posted in Connemara, he wrote this book for his friends back home on the island. He was drowned in 1950, leaving a widow and two children. Price $15.95 paperback. Published in the U.S. by J.S. Sanders & Company, Inc., P.O. Box 50331, Nashville, TN 37205.

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