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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Erin go Bragh! The celebration of St. Patrick's Day outside of Ireland is a clear indication of the Irish influence throughout the world. In the United States many cities and towns recognize March 17th with parades and parties to mark the holiday of Ireland's patron saint. Ireland has made a significant contribution to literature and the arts both in the United States and throughout the world. Celebrate the day by sampling a wee bit of Irish culture and history from some of the many titles available in the Library's collection:


Atlas of the Celtic world by John Haywood ; foreword by Barry Cunliffe — A historical, cultural and linguistic survey of the Celtic peoples from prehistoric times to the modern era, presented in a series of 54 full-color maps with accompanying text and 160 illustrations.

Black potatoes: the story of the great Irish famine, 1845-1850 by Susan Campbell Bartoletti — The story of the Great Irish Famine of the late 1840s through the voices of the Irish people.

Daughters of Ireland: the rebellious Kingsborough sisters and the making of a modern nation by Janet Todd — The story of how one powerful Irish family and its involvement in the ill-fated Irish Rising of 1798.

Erin's blood royal: the Gaelic noble dynasties of Ireland by Peter Berresford Ellis — This journey into the ancient world of the Celts traces the lives of Ireland's noble families who impacted Irish culture and documents the trials and tribulations of one of the most ancient aristocracies in Europe.

The famine ships: the Irish exodus to America by Edward Laxton — The story of the brave Irish immigrants who between the years 1846 and 1851, crossed the Atlantic in leaky, overcrowded ships to make new lives for themselves in America.

How the Irish saved civilization: the untold story of Ireland's heroic role from the fall of Rome to the rise of medieval Europe by Thomas Cahill — The fascinating story of the pivotal role that the Irish played in preserving and transmitting the classical literature of both Greece and Rome.

The Irish: a photohistory, 1840-1940 by Sean Sexton and Christine Kinealy — The history of Ireland in more than 200 photographs — beginning with the dawn of Irish photography in the 1840s.

Irish heroes & heroines of America: 150 true stories of Irish American heroism by Bartimole, John E., 1954- — Fascinating stories of 150 men and women who have indelibly changed the face of the country.

The man who made Ireland: the life and death of Michael Collins by Tim Pat Coogan — Biography of the controversial leader who played a key role in the founding of the Irish Republican Army, and helped to create the Republic of Ireland

Modern journeys: the Irish in Detroit by general editor, Ed Marman — Presents the stories of Irish Detroiters and profiles several of the area's most notable Irish organizations.

1001 things everyone should know about Irish-American history by Edward T. O'Donnell — A comprehensive and vividly illustrated celebration of Irish enterprise, talent and courage, organized around such broad subjects as culture, politics, business, religion and sports.

St. Patrick of Ireland: a biography by Philip Freeman — This modern biography of the patron saint of Ireland is an engaging account of a fascinating historical figure and the tumultuous times in which he lived.

The wearing of the green: a history of St. Patrick's Day by Mike Cronin and Daryl Adair — Chronicles the full history of St. Patrick's Day — from its medieval origins, to plastic leprechauns and green beer — exploring the shared heritage of the Irish through the evolution of this holiday.

Wherever green is worn: the story of the Irish diaspora by Tim Pat Coogan — A sweeping account of the Irish Diaspora, and the millions worldwide who call themselves Irish — from American presidents, to bestselling authors, to Riverdancers.

DVDs: Folklore and History

The Book of Kells [videodisc]: the work of angels? by produced by Louis Lentin ; written and directed by Murray Grigor ; produced in association with ... DLT Entertainment Ltd. ; a Crescendo concept with Muse Film and Television and Viz Ltd — The Book of Kells' illuminated decoration and calligraphy adorning the Four Gospels have earned it the reputation as the most beautiful book in the world. This fascinating program tells the story of this magnificent masterpiece of Irish art.

The Celts [videodisc]: rich traditions and ancient myths by a BBC-TV production in association with FR3 Bretagne-Pays de Loire and Österreichischer Rundfunk — Follows the story of the Celts from their earliest roots through the flowering of their culture and their enduring heritage today.

In search of ancient Ireland [videodisc] — A look at the history and legends of ancient Ireland beginning in 2000 B.C., when Stone Age farmers built some of the largest and most spectacular Neolithic monuments in Europe, to 1167 A.D., when the Norman invasion placed Ireland under English control.

The Irish country house [videodisc] by [a Wildgoose Films production for the Irish Georgian Society] — Filmed in over forty locations across Ireland, this program examines the heritage of the Irish country house and charts its development from the earliest cliff-top castles and fortified houses to the great Palladian mansions.

The Irish Empire [videodisc] by Winstar T.V. & Video, Inc — An exploration of the ups and downs of the Irish experience abroad — as seen by themselves and as they are perceived by others. Through diaries, letters, photographs, and compelling interviews, relive an exciting journey from the Great Famine to unprecedented worldwide influence.

Irish legends [videodisc] by Cromwell Productions in association with Kultur — A presentation of many of the stories of the Celtic gods of Britain whose origins are shrouded in mystery.

Out of Ireland [videodisc]: the story of Irish emigration to America — Examines the history of the seven million Irish who emigrated in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries including the causes of the exodus and the immigrant experience in the United States. Uses photographs, archival footage, manuscript material and interviews.

Patrick [videodisc] — Narrated by Liam Neeson, this documents the life of St. Patrick with commentaries by the author Frank McCourt.

St. Patrick [videodisc]: the man, the myth by produced by Great North Productions, Inc. ... [et al.] in association with A&E Network — Profiles the story of this saint who was kidnapped from Wales at 15, enslaved by a ruthless king for six years, and who returned to Ireland determined to convert the Irish to Christianity.

St. Patrick [videodisc]: the Apostle of Ireland by Insight Film & Video production ; a film by dt [Dave Tennant] ; produced in association with History Television ; produced in part with the association of CFCF I2 ; produced in association with ACCESS — An emotionally moving and visually dramatic rendition of the life of Ireland's patron saint.

St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin [videodisc] — The story of 800-year-old St. Patrick's Cathedral, which has been witness to all the turbulence of Irish history down the centuries.

DVDs: Feature Films

Angela's ashes [videodisc] by Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures International present a David Brown/ Scott Rudin/Dirty Hands Production ; an Alan Parker film — Born to Irish parents, McCourt endured a childhood of extreme poverty. He rose from humble beginnings to become a Pulitzer Prize winner. In Angela's Ashes, he recounts the heartbreaking stories and the soul-saving humor of his childhood. Based on the award-winning memoir by Frank McCourt.

The boxer [videodisc] by Universal Pictures presents a Hell's Kitchen production ; a Jim Sheridan film — Former IRA member, Danny Flynn, is released from prison after 14 years determined to leave his violent past behind him in order to build a new life in his old home town.

Circle of friends [videodisc] by Savoy Pictures presents in association with Rank Film Distributors ; directed by Pat O'Connor ; screenplay by Andrew Davies ; produced by Arlene Sellers, Alex Winitsky and Frank Price — Set in Ireland, this is the story of three girls who were friends when growing up. They are reunited in college, and renew their bonds. Based on the novel by Maeve Binchy.

The Commitments [videodisc] by Beacon presents a First Film Company/Dirty Hands production ; an Alan Parker film — An irresistible, comic drama overflowing and alive with passion, humor and music.

Dancing at Lughnasa [videodisc] by a Sony Pictures Classics release ; Capitol Films, Channel Four Films, Ferndale Films in association with Bord Scannan na hEireann/The Irish Film Board, Radio Telefis Eireann presents a Noel Pearson production ; a Pat O'Connor film — Examines the emotional lives of the five unmarried Mundy sisters in 1936 rural Ireland.

Evelyn [videodisc] by United Artists presents in association with First Look Media and Cinerenta, an Irish Dreamtime production — In 1950's Dublin, this is the true story of unemployed Desmond Doyle. He battles the courts to win back custody of his three children after they are sent to a Dublin orphanage when his wife leaves him and abandons their children.

The field [videodisc] by Granada Television — The "field" is a plot of land in rural Ireland, rented and tended by an old man. When the owner sells the land to an American developer, the old man decides to fight the change, regardless of the cost.

Gangs of New York [videodisc] by Miramax Films presents a Martin Scorsese picture an Alberto Grimaldi production, a Miramax Films presentation — Nominated for ten Academy Awards, Martin Scorsese's impassioned epic is set on the meanest streets of New York, circa 1863, where a young man seeks revenge for his father's death amid the Civil War draft riots.

In America [videodisc] by Fox Searchlight presents a Hell's Kitchen production, a Jim Sheridan film — A moving story about an Irish illegal immigrant family trying to adjust to life in New York City.

Michael Collins [videodisc] by Geffen Pictures — Politically charged story of Irish rebel leader Collins who with charm, guts and idealistic fervor leads the fight against British rule in the teens and 20s.

My left foot [videodisc] by Miramax Films ; a Granada Film ; produced by Noel Pearson ; written by Shane Connaughton ; directed by Jim Sheridan — Exhilarating film with Day-Lewis in a tour de force as Christy Brown, feisty Irish artist-writer who was born with cerebral palsy.

Once [videodisc] by Bórd Scannán na hÉireann ; Samson Films ; Summit Entertainment — A Dublin busker and vacuum-cleaner repairman enters into a personal and musical relationship with a piano playing florist from Czechoslovakia. Together they work through their past loves, and reveal their budding love for one another, through their songs.

The quiet man [videodisc] by Republic Pictures ; an Argosy Production — Blarney and bliss, mixed in equal proportions. John Wayne plays an American boxer who returns to the Emerald Isle, his native land.

Random passage [videodisc] by a Canada/ Ireland Co- production in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation — The story of a courageous woman's journey from servitude in Ireland to the harsh life of Outport Newfoundland.

Ryan's daughter [videodisc] by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents a film by David Lean — Simple love story in western coastal Ireland, where young girl marries simple, plodding schoolteacher and has affair with British soldier stationed in town.

The secret of Roan Inish [videodisc] by First Look Pictures releasing ; Jones Entertainment Group Ltd. in association with Peter Newman Productions present a Skerry Movies production — The magical tale of a girl whose search for her missing brother brings an Irish legend to life.

Waking Ned Devine [videodisc] by Fox Searchlight Pictures and Tomboy Films present in association with The Gruber Brothers Mainstream SA Bonaparte Films, Ltd. the Isle of Man Film Commission and Overseas Filmgroup with the participation of Canal+ — When local wag Jackie O'Shea discovers that one of his neighbors in the village of Tulaigh Mohr is a lottery winner, he sees a chance to share in the wealth.

Music CDs

Music holds a special attraction for the Irish and the music of the Irish has traveled well throughout the world having a major influence on musical development in many areas of the world. Some of the artists found on compact discs in the Canton Public Library's collection include: