Few countries have been as dramatically transformed in recent years as Ireland. Once a culturally repressed land shadowed by terrorism and on the brink of economic collapse, Ireland finally emerged in the late 1990s as the fastest-growing country in Europe, with the typical citizen enjoying a higher standard of living than the average Brit. Just a few years after celebrating their newly-won status among the world's richest societies, the Irish are now saddled with a wounded, shrinking economy, soaring unemployment, and ruined public finances. After so many centuries of impoverishment, how did the Irish finally get rich, and how did they then fritter away so much so quickly? Veteran journalist David J. Lynch offers an insightful, character-driven narrative of how the Irish boom came to be and how it went bust. He opens our eyes to a nation's downfall through the lived experience of individual citizens: the people responsible for the current crisis as well as the ordinary men and women enduring it.
The World's Most Resilient Country and Its Struggle to Rise Again
Author: David J. J. Lynch
Category: Political Science
It’s St. Patrick’s Day! Katie makes shamrocks to help celebrate and ends up learning what it means to be lucky in this Ready-to-Read eBook with audio.
with audio recording
Author: Margaret McNamara,Mike Gordon
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Luck of the Irish World War II has produced unspeakable horrors. The war ended 67 years ago yet still more human dramas are. emerging. The personal consequences to families and individuals, of their nature, were not the subject of historical record. But nevertheless pain and sorrow was deep and lasting. Our story covers the experiences of an Irish family forced to emigrate. They could barely afford to eat let alone clothe themselves. From this anguish and despair they found that they'd landed in England right at the outbreak of war. We follow the consequences of the evacuation to the children. The two boys experienced cruelty, violent beatings and deprivation. One of the two girls was abused by a paedophile. They were both then confined in a convent for five years. Noel and Ronnie had eventful military experiences and Mary and Clare had hapless and very unfortunate marriages. Mrs Carroll on her own, performed miracles to create a home and an income for the family, in the absence if the father who had gone off and volunteered for the army. Many families paid a high price for the government policy of evacuation; ostensibly "for their protection" But none suffered more than the Carroll family. Ronnie's family, including his wife of 44 years, died around him. In sadness and desolation he foresaw only a lonely old age in front of him - then came a phone call from Australia
Poignant Saga of an Irish Family Arriving in England Just at the Outbreak of World War II
Author: Ronnie Carroll
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
The Luck of the Irish introduces you to blarney; leprechauns and fairies; Irish humor, proverbs, and toasts; and St. Patrick.
Author: Joan Larson Kelly
Publisher: Peter Pauper Press, Inc.
The luck of the Irish was chronic bad luck, as their sad history attests. That's how it looked for 250 Irish convicts when their ship, the 'Hive', sank ignominiously off the NSW coast in 1835. Miraculously all survived, guided to safety by local Aboriginal people...They landed at a time when the so-called slave colony was at its height, ruled by the lash and the chain gang. Yet as Babette Smith tracked the lives of the people aboard the 'Hive', she discovered a very different story. Most were assigned to work on farms or in businesses, building a better life than they possibly could have experienced in Ireland. Surprisingly, in the workforce they found power, which gave rise to the characteristic Australian culture later described by DH Lawrence: 'Nobody felt better than anybody else, or higher.'..'The Luck of the Irish' is a fascinating portrait of colonial life in the mid-19th century, which reveals how the Irish helped lay the foundations of the Australia we know today...'Deeply researched and vividly written, it's a terrific new and up-to-date account of the convict experience, mainly from the bottom up' - 'Emeritus Professor Alan Atkinson FAHA, University of Sydney'..'Brings the convict era to life through personal stories and insightful analysis.' - 'Lindsay Tanner'
How a shipload of convicts survived the wreck of the Hive to make a new life in Australia
Author: Babette Smith
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Quinn Donovan needs a change to get over a broken heart, so when he finds out his father wants some new horses from Ireland, he jumps at the opportunity. He has always dreamed of going abroad. But when he gets there, his first meeting with breeder Cian O’Reilly is a disaster—on both sides.
Author: Cindy Sutherland
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
When an upwardly mobile African-American couple wants to buy a home in an all-white neighborhood in 1950's Boston, they pay a struggling Irish family to "ghost-buy" a house on their behalf.
Author: Kirsten Greenidge
Roy Foster is one of Ireland's leading historians, the author of the much acclaimed two-volume biography of Yeats as well as the definitive history Modern Ireland, which has been hailed as "dazzling" (New York Times Book Review) and "elegant, erudite, wise, witty" (Irish Times). Now, this brilliant writer offers a "short and combative" account of Ireland's astonishing transformation over the last three decades. Has there really been an "economic miracle"? Where does the explosion of cultural energy in music, literature, and theater come from? Has the power of the Catholic Church really crumbled? Focusing largely on contemporary events, living people, current controversies, and popular culture, Luck and the Irish explores these questions and raises other provocative questions of its own. Foster looks at the astonishing volte-face undertaken by Sinn Fein, eventually taking office in a state they had once fought to destroy. He describes how Catholicism, once the bedrock of Irish identity, has been decisively compromised, as evidenced by the exploitation and abuse scandals and the drastic decline in devotions. At the same time, the position of women in Irish society has been transformed, with the growth of feminism, a revolution in sexual attitudes, far more women in the work force, the ascendancy of President Mary Robinson, and the movement of women to front-rank Cabinet posts--all of which have put the position of Irish women ahead of that in many European nations. Many old molds have been broken in Irish society over the last 30 years, and the immediate results have been breath-taking. But are these developments really as permanent or even as beneficial as they appear? Everyone curious about the recent past, the burgeoning present, and the unclear future of Ireland will want to read this superbly written and deeply thoughtful book.
A Brief History of Change from 1970
Author: R. F. Foster
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Author: Sharon Brondos
Publisher: Harlequin Books
A History of the Irish Benevolent Society of London and Middlesex
Author: Gordon Sanderson
Publisher: London, Ont. : Irish Benevolent Society
A young Irish boy fights to save the Leprechauns' forest home from destruction on St. Patrick's Day.
Author: Brendan Patrick Paulsen
Category: Children's writings, American.
A visitor is coming to Mrs. Connor's class -- a bunny! Her name is Sparky and everyone wants to take care of her. Except for Reza. He doesn't want to admit it, but he's afraid of bunnies. So Mrs. Connor gives him a special job, and Reza begins to realize that maybe bunnies aren't so scary after all.
with audio recording
Author: Margaret McNamara
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Juvenile Fiction
November’s brilliant instalment of The Year of Short Stories is The Luck of the Irish. Released as one of a limited number of digital shorts released to celebrate the publication of Jeffrey Archer’s magnificent seventh short-story collection, Tell Tale. Taken from And Thereby Hangs a Tale, Jeffrey Archer's magnificent sixth collection of short stories, The Luck of the Irish is a captivating, witty and entertaining short read. Liam Casey is an enterprising young estate agent from Cork and while on holiday in Majorca he meets a fellow Irishman, Patrick O’Donovan, who offers him the opportunity to join him permanently on the island as a partner in his real estate business. Liam hastily accepts, but it is only when Patrick meets his untimely demise does the business take-off. Liam has one last project to complete; a deal that will make him rich beyond his wildest dreams, so long as everything goes to plan . . .
The Year of Short Stories – November
Author: Jeffrey Archer
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
A Wolf By Any Other Name By Kate Douglas When computer nerd Zevulan Cable awakens in a dungeon, bare-ass naked, chained to a bed as gorgeous identical twin witches have their sensual way with his body, he figures he's found his greatest desire, just as the leprechaun promised. Then why is the tiny, sexless woodsprite the one who captures his heart? And how can he explain his growing need to howl at the moon...? Sticks and Stone By Jennifer Dunne Wealthy, powerful, and recently voted the year's most eligible bachelor, Dermot Stone had it all. But he wanted more. He wanted magic. Irish witch Eileen Daniells had her hands full with a busy writing and teaching career. The last thing she needed was an arrogant American stirring up trouble among the faerie creatures in her woods. When a tree spirit appears and seduces him, Dermot thinks he's getting the wish the leprechaun promised -- only to discover it may cost him his life. Eileen uses her powers to save him, but Dermot must confess to his secret sexual longings before her rescue can be complete. Could she be the answer to his heart's deepest desire? The Public Eye By Chris Tanglen Greg Tennerson figures the leprechaun was just an elaborate prank, but quickly changes his mind when he wakes up with Vivian in his bed. She's gorgeous. She's sexy. She's very much naked. In fact, she's Greg's vision of absolute female perfection. She's also more than willing to satisfy his every physical desire. Anything he wants. Any time he wants. As often as he wants. It's a fantasy come true for this successful attorney with his heart set on a career in politics...but there's a catch. Because Vivian will only have sex with him in public. And only if there's danger of getting caught!
Author: Jennifer Dunne,Chris Tanglen,Kate Douglas
Publisher: Elloras Cave Pub Incorporated