WHERE THE RIVER FLOWS
Long before Ballykissangel there was Annamoe, a tiny village in County Wicklow here described in loving detail by the author in a tale set in a rectory in the late 1950s. It was a time when Annamoe and its surrounding villages were really rather remote, despite being only about 30 miles from Dublin. This is a story of an Ireland that, while rapidly changing, can still be found today along the banks of the Avonmore River. Dufour Editions, Chester Springs, PA 19425; (610) 458-5005. 176 pp. $16.95.
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The latest CD offering from this popular traditional group comprising Mary Courtney, Margie Mulvihill and John Reynolds also features John Nolan, Ireland’s senior button accordion champion. 15 tracks. Available from Irish import stores and traditional music outlets or on the web at morningstar.iuma.com. The group can also be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
44 — DUBLIN MADE ME
Stories about growing up in Ireland right now are hot. Peter Sheridan is intent on keeping the genre sizzling in his memoir about growing up in 1960s Dublin. Sheridan is already well known as a theater director in his native city. He is a brother of movie director Jim Sheridan. A story about this family has clear worth. Frank McCourt describes Sheridan’s memoir as a "wild song of a book." That will do nicely. Viking, an imprint of Penguin Putnam, 375 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014. 278 pp. $24.95.
IRISH TRADITIONAL COOKING
The word has been out for several years that Irish cuisine is more than you might think, a lot more, and up there with anything the French or Italians can serve up. Leading the charge for the Irish kitchen has been Darina Allen, culinary inspiration behind world famous Ballymaloe House in County Cork. In this book, Allen outlines many of her favorite recipes with anecdotes on the side. Trafalgar Square Publishing, P.O. Box 257, Howe Hill Road, North Pomfret, VT 05053; (802) 457-1911. 288 pp. $19.95.