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A Wee Taste A Craic All The Irish Craic From Popular Celtic Roots Radio Shows 2 25

Author : Raymond McCullough
ISBN : 0952578549
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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The "Celtic Roots Radio" show consists of 30 minutes of great Celtic and roots music, with commentary from Raymond on whatever topic happens to occur to him at the time - be it history, language, customs, personal anecdotes ... This book is based on the scripts from the first 25 shows and covers places such as Belfast, Down, Antrim, Armagh, Derry and Fermanagh in the north; Dublin, Cork, Cavan and Donegal in the south; plus London, Israel and China, for good measure. Other topics include: landscape; language; history; "'Buck Alec'"; baking; Irish "'navvies'"; European immigrants; Northern Irish humour and banter; the author's boat, "'Warrior Maid'"; C.S. Lewis and other Irish writers; "The Troubles"; the hero Cuchulainn; Listooder; and the author's family history. Get the real flavour of Ireland and the Irish from a distinctive northern -- Ulster -- perspective! "http: //www.celticrootsradio.com"
Category: Technology & Engineering

Wee Rockets

Author : Gerard Brennan
ISBN : 9781908688132
Genre : Fiction
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A gang of fourteen-year-old hoods rampage through West Belfast, indulging in violent street crime and mugging pensioners to pay for cider, cigarettes and sweets. Branded scum by a shocked community and pursued by a dogged local vigilante, the young gangsters' antisocial behaviour soon escalates into something much worse. "The Wire? This is Barbed Wire. A cheeky slice of urban noir, a drink-soaked, drug-addled journey into the violent underbelly of one of Europe's most notorious ghettos, Wee Rockets makes The Outsiders look like the Teletubbies" - Colin Bateman For fans of A Clockwork Orange, Kidulthood, The Wire, Boyz n the Hood or City of God set in Belfast- and for anyone with an open mind about disaffected, disenfranchised youth in modern urban society. What they're saying... "Gerard Brennan stands apart from the Irish crime fiction crowd with a novel rooted in the reality of today's Belfast. The author's prose speaks with a rare authenticity about the pain of growing up in a fractured society, shot through with a black humour that can only come from the streets. Wee Rockets is urban crime fiction for the 21st century, and Brennan is a unique voice among contemporary Irish writers." - Stuart Neville "In Wee Rockets Gerard Brennan has written a fast paced, exciting story of West Belfast gang culture; brimming with violence, authentic street dialogue and surprising black humour. This is a great debut novel. Brennan takes us into the heart of Belfast's chav underclass, in a story that lies somewhere in the intersection between The Warriors, Colin Bateman and Guy Ritchie. This is the first in what undoubtedly will be a stellar literary career." - Adrian McKinty "Brennan impressed me hugely with his debut novella The Point, and Wee Rockets has cemented my opinion that he belongs among the top rank of Northern Irish crime writers." - Loitering With Intent "So assured and mature you'd think this was his eight or ninth book, not one of his first." - Spinetingler Magazine "This is a tremendous book and I urge you to read it." - I Meant To Read That From the author... "I think the main theme is that of nature versus nurture. The characters are presented as products of their environment. I don't think it's a judgemental book; it simply shows you how these kids and adults react to certain situations. The reader may not always approve of the action taken but hopefully they can understand what has informed it. It's also an exploration into how good people can do bad things and bad people can do good. I've purposely tried to blur that line so that the characters aren't simply black or white. Morally they operate in shades of grey. It's my hope that a character you hated in the first chapter can grow into a hero by the final act and vice versa."
Category: Fiction

Big Girl Small Town

Author : Michelle Gallen
ISBN : 9781529304237
Genre : Fiction
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD SHORTLISTED FOR THE IRISH BOOK AWARDS NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR SHORTLISTED FOR THE COMEDY WOMEN IN PRINT PRIZE 'Milkman meets Derry Girls. A cracking read' Sinead Moriarty 'A thrillingly fresh, provocative and touching voice' Marian Keyes 'Bawdy yet beautiful, full of everyday tragedy, absurdity and truth. I grew extraordinarily attached to Majella' Sara Baume Routine makes Majella's world small but change is about to make it a whole lot bigger. *Stuff Majella knows* -God doesn't punish men with baldness for wearing ladies' knickers -Banana-flavoured condoms taste the same as nutrition shakes -Not everyone gets a volley of gunshots over their grave as they are being lowered into the ground *Stuff Majella doesn't know* -That she is autistic -Why her ma drinks -Where her da is Other people find Majella odd. She keeps herself to herself, she doesn't like gossip and she isn't interested in knowing her neighbours' business. But suddenly everyone in the small town in Northern Ireland where she grew up wants to know all about hers. Since her da disappeared during the Troubles, Majella has tried to live a quiet life with her alcoholic mother. She works in the local chip shop (Monday-Saturday, Sunday off), wears the same clothes every day (overalls, too small), has the same dinner each night (fish and chips, nuked in the microwave) and binge watches Dallas (the best show ever aired on TV) from the safety of her single bed. She has no friends and no boyfriend and Majella thinks things are better that way. But Majella's safe and predictable existence is shattered when her grandmother dies and as much as she wants things to go back to normal, Majella comes to realise that maybe there is more to life. And it might just be that from tragedy comes Majella's one chance at escape.
Category: Fiction

Pray For Us Sinners

Author : Patrick Taylor
ISBN : 9781466821422
Genre : Fiction
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In Patrick Taylor's thrilling series set during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, a British Army bomb-disposal expert goes undercover to try to identify the source of the bombs being used by the Provisional IRA PRAY FOR US SINNERS is a compelling look into a turbulent time in Irish history: Belfast 1973, when the Troubles are raging. Two Ulstermen. Two sides. On one, British Army bomb-disposal officer Marcus Richardson; on the other, Davy MacCutcheon, Provisional IRA armourer who has been constructing bombs since his teens. Both men are committed to their causes until events shatter their beliefs, leaving each with a crisis of faith and an overpowering need to get out—but with honour. When he is nearly killed by an exploding car bomb, Marcus welcomes the offer of a transfer to the elite SAS—provided that he first accept an undercover mission to infiltrate the Falls Road ghetto, join the Provisional IRA, identify their upper echelon, and expose their bomb-maker. When Davy's devices are used for civilian disruption rather than military targets, the bomb-maker begins to question what he's doing. His work is being used to maim and kill innocent people. His request to be discharged is countered by an order that he go on one last mission. Success will bring Davy redemption and permission to leave Ireland with Fiona Kavanagh, the woman he loves. When the paths of the two men cross, Davy realizes that he can use Marcus's expertise in plastic explosives. A runaway series of events leaves both men in an abandoned farmhouse in the middle of a plot to kill the British prime minster. Can Marcus find a way to thwart the plan and escape with his life? At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Category: Fiction

A Shirt Box Full Of Songs

Author : Barbara Dickson
ISBN : 9780755363865
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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From singing to the postman when she was two years old to her annual sell-out tours in the 2000s, Barbara Dickson has been captivating her fans for the best part of sixty years. In her autobiography she describes the joys of growing up in Fife with her talented brother and loving parents, of moving to Edinburgh to find her place in the world and the stresses and strains of trying to make a living on the Scottish folk scene. Not content to have just a successful singing career, she turned to another: acting. A regular on prime-time television, Barbara also took to musicals and was the original lead role in Spend, Spend, Spend. Her hugely successful time onstage earned her many acting accolades but her pursuit of perfection led to complete exhaustion from which she fought hard to recover. Barbara writes beautifully about the close relationships she cultivated over these years with people such as Willy Russell, Elaine Paige and Billy Connolly. The result is a warm, fascinating story encompassing the best of British music, stage and television.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

In Six Hours

Author : Raymond McCullough
ISBN : 0992943221
Genre : Fiction
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"An apocalyptic thriller" A friendship forged in war leads four young men on separate journeys to their final destiny in a Middle East heading for meltdown As bitter enemies race towards nuclear conflict, only a miracle can save Israel from the hostile Islamic forces surrounding her. The USA, Russia and the western world are playing with fire in the Middle East, as Iran rushes towards a nuclear climax. In just six hours the face of the Middle East - and the world - will change forever! While fighting the Taliban with the ISAF forces in 2012, four young men from very different backgrounds meet in Kabul, Afghanistan: Shaul "'Solly'" Levine, an Orthodox Jew from New York City; Micky "'Dev'" Devlin, an Irish Catholic from Boston; Brandon "'Doubtin'" Thomas, a black Pentecostal from North Carolina; Khan Ali "'Zai'" Yusufzai, a Muslim Pashtun from Afghanistan. They discover that they have more in common than they first thought and make a pact that one day they'll meet up again in Jerusalem after the prophesied Six Hour War in the Middle East, taking separate ways to a common destiny. Meanwhile, they will keep in touch with one another as much as possible and work towards making that meeting a possibility. Will these prophecies come to pass? Will Israel itself survive the coming nuclear holocaust? This apocalyptic thriller moves from war, to a couple of budding romances in very different locations, to more war and then the ultimate Middle East war. But even in the midst of conflict, new relationships are being formed. Action, friendship, romance ... and yet more action.
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The Joys Of Being Irish

Author : Terrance McDevitt
ISBN : 9781449413231
Genre : Humor
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Once upon a time in America, storefront help-wanted signs reading "Irish Need Not Apply" were commonplace. Back then, the Irish were considered fit for only the most menial, hazardous, or undignified of jobs. But for a culture of survivors, if the famine didn't kill them, a little ditch digging wouldn't either. And so Irish grandparents and great grandparents struggled and fought and finally flourished in their new land. Today, millions of Americans can trace their ancestry to Ireland. This small volume is a love letter to Irish heritage, a reminder of shared experience, forgotten traditions, and the beliefs and attitudes that define the Irish Americans. It contains reminiscences, common memories, and stereotypes--some deserved, others not. Sometimes funny, sometimes nostalgic and touching, this book is an everyman's history of a nation of immigrant survivors, a tribute to Irish Americans and their ancestors.
Category: Humor

Talking For Britain

Author : Simon Elmes
ISBN : STANFORD:36105122910412
Genre : English language
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'Talking for Britain' explores regional English in the 21st century, painting a portrait of the British people and uncovering fascinating facts about local language.
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Van Morrison

Author : Johnny Rogan
ISBN : STANFORD:36105131799087
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Set against the cultural and political backdrop of Belfast, before, during and after the Troubles, this book offers a perspective on Van Morrison's long career and the times that made him.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Signpost Guide Brittany And Normandy

Author : Christopher Rice
ISBN : 0762712562
Genre : Travel
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People who travel by car have the best opportunities to explore beyond typical tourist destinations, but driving in an unfamiliar region can be a daunting prospect. Signpost Guides provide practical information to guide motorists through unfamiliar routes, signs, traffic laws and parking. Hundreds of attractions are described in detail, together with recommendations for shopping, dining, and accommodation.
Category: Travel


Author : Sam Bull
ISBN : 0333711742
Genre : Ireland
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Category: Ireland

New Statesman Society

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105016167129
Genre : Great Britain
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The Woman I Was Born To Be

Author : Susan Boyle
ISBN : 1451609272
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In April 2009, a modest middle-aged woman from a village in Scotland was catapulted to global fame when the YouTube video of her audition for Britain’s Got Talent touched the hearts of millions all over the world. From singing karaoke in local pubs to a live performance with an eighty-piece orchestra in Japan’s legendary Budokan Arena and a record-breaking debut album, Susan Boyle has become an international superstar. This astonishing transformation has not always been easy for her, faced with all the trappings of celebrity, but in the whirlwind of attention and expectation, she has always found calm and clarity in music. Susan was born to sing. Now, for the first time, she tells the story of her life and the challenges she has struggled to overcome with faith, fortitude, and an unfailing sense of humor.
Category: Biography & Autobiography