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On dolmen, I saw a good deal more of them in France—the very word is Breton—than in Connemara. Are they a national symbol?
On a related note, it might amuse you to learn that the city fathers of Dublin, Ohio—which I visted recently—ordains big cartoon-y shamrocks for its street signs. Ah, America.
Okay, my Irish coin is up. :)
There are a lot of Dolmens in Ireland, particularly in Co. Clare, plus it was one of the more inviting images the government had on their web site 8)
I made a conscious decision to avoid shamrocks and all things cartoon Irish.
Is this group only for Irish citizens, or are hyphenated Irish-fillintheblanks also OK (especially when we're the type who DON'T care for "shamrocks and all things cartoon Irish")?
Now on to the books... Can anyone recommend a good, generalized history of Ireland? Or even histories dealing with specific time periods? I've found my knowledge in this area to be woefully lacking. Thanks! :)
Best Irish book Flann O'Brien's The Third Policeman.
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I suppose many people here may already know this, but because the novel The Third Policeman appeared briefly in a shot on the American TV series "Lost", its publishers promptly sold 10,000 in the United States in the following two weeks. Good on "Lost", because I don't suppose most people would ever have come across the book otherwise. It's a gem.
On the plus side, we're bumping back up towards the top of Tim's Most active message board list again!
Can you believe I've never read any of Flann O'Brien's books. I've skimmed a few of Myles na gCopaleen's Cruiskeen Lawn's though. And I do have The Third Policeman at home somewhere, I really should open it up at some stage.
I suppose I'm just not the right market for it.
It is being repeated on RTE 2 at the moment. Last episode was the whistle one. With Fr. Damo. Great stuff.
Wedge tombs are much more prevalent, although they definitely look less spectacular
Even though I've never been to brittany I think you're right, and it's much more common there than in Ireland - I can't even remember seeing any Dolmens in Connemara and only a few in the Burren.
Great Book that I purchased on my last holiday in Ireland (Oct.2005) The story of the Irish Race, by Seamas MacManus....
ExVivre: As far as general Irish history books, I recently finished The Course of Irish History, which some will say is the definitive book on the subject, while others are less enthusiastic about it. All I can say is that I found it to be very good. Its biggest fault may be that it assumes the reader has knowledge of particular events, as a result, some important things are not explained in much depth.
That said, if you’re just beginning to read Irish history, you may want to start with a more basic introduction. I have either read or browsed the Irish history ‘Dummies’, ‘Idiots’ and ‘Everything’ books, and any one of them does a fair job of providing an introduction--though they certainly do not go much further.
Ireland : a history / Robert Kee. (1995).. A three volume Penguin history written by an Englishman.
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Last evening I picked up his Dhá Scéal/Two Stories which were translated by Louis De Paor, Mike McCormack and Lochlainn Ó Tuairisg, who present two stories "The Edge Of The Bog" and "The Stranger", alongside the original Irish of Ó Cadhain. Both of these are from his 1953 collection "Cois Caoláire". These are grand stories indeed, and time well spent. I wish more of his stories were available in English.
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I've read relatively little from the usual suspects - Patrick McCabe, the late great John McGahern, or Colm Toibin, but have resolved to remedy the omission over the next while.
Hi Sean I have a first edition of Cre Na Cille published Dublin 1949. Just thought I would let you know that.
Best Irish novel: I'll go along with several other voters and nominate Flann O'Brien's The Third Policeman. It's not like anything else, I think it even startled poor Brian Ó Núalláin, and he wrote it.
Modern Ireland is less well served, I think, but that could be because, since the early 1990s, Ireland's been changing so fast it's impossible to catch a likeness. A lot of the best new writers keep going back to the seventies, the sixties, fifties, the fecking famine...
Two good books from the last decade or two that catch a flavour of modern Ireland, and rock hard in their own right: Getting It In The Head by Mike McCormack, and There Are Little Kingdoms by Kevin Barry. Both are short story collections (maybe modern Ireland's easier to capture in a series of flashes).
On a different note entirely: Hey! Chuck Taggart! My man! I see you're on this list. Big love to the Gumbo massive...
London, Galway & Berlin
"The novel reinvented while you wait."