Posts made in February, 2013

Ireland Reaching Out

Ireland Reaching Out

If you are interested in finding your Irish Roots there just may be someone looking to find their long lost ancestors!  Ireland Reaching Out is just such a place that hopes to link the ancestors of those who left Ireland to the communities and Parishes of origin and hopefully reunite long lost cousins! The Ireland Reaching Out (IrelandXO) programme is based on a simple idea; instead of waiting for people of Irish descent to trace their roots, we go the other way. Working through voluntary effort at a townland, village and parish level in Ireland, we identify who left those areas, and trace them and their descendants worldwide. IrelandXO offers a free service and it is a not for profit organisation. Besides proactively tracing people of Irish heritage around the world, if you have Irish ancestry, and are thinking of coming to Ireland, we make sure, as far as we can, that someone local is here to meet you when you arrive – someone who can show you around the place where your people came from, the house your people were born in, the land they once farmed, and where possible, introduce you to living relatives today. Like this:Like...

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Author Roddy Doyle

Author Roddy Doyle

Anyone who is really captivated with Irish literature will have read some of Roddy Doyle’s works if not all of them. His first series,The Barrytown Trilogy have all been made into full length films. They are all focused around a working class family in Dublin. I have had the pleasure of just finishing the Henry Smart trilogy formally know as “The Last Roundup”. They are fantastic books of historical fiction set around the main character Henry Smart Jr. Each book tells the story of a specific period in Henry Smart’s life as it intersects with the historical events of Ireland. From the Easter Rebellion of 1916 as a freedom fighter, through the guerrilla warfare that helped form the Republic of Ireland. In the second book Oh Play that Thing, Smart finds himself in America and falls right back into survival mode as many Irish Immigrants found themselves in New York City. He clashes with mobsters, ends up in Chicago, manages a young Louie Armstrong and again finds himself caught up in violence and power struggles. The final book Dead Republic, Henry is drawn back to Ireland by director John Ford to make a film of his life story. When the film turns into a more sentimental portrayal of Ireland, Smart and Ford part ways. For some time Henry lives a quite life in suburban Dublin working as caretaker in a boys school. But after a bomb blast in Dublin, Smart is again thrust into the world of the IRA and finally the peace process in Northern Ireland. Mr. Doyle’s characters deal with the less than charming aspects of Ireland and Irish society without all the usual romantic stereotypes. His use of humor, his ability to wrap historical events and figures around the characters of his stories makes this trilogy brilliant and believable . They are not easy reads but each one is original. The Last Round Up Trilogy is thought provoking and nothing short of a masterpiece! Roddy Doyle’s latest work is Two Pints a collection of short stories. Here’s a look at what the author has to say about Two Pints. To see all of Doyle’s works, and what else this prolific writer is up to check out his personal website. http://www.roddydoyle.ie/ Like this:Like...

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