Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by reading these titles from your library
March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day and Grand County Libraries have a wonderful collection of books for you and your family to explore the history and culture of the “land of one thousand shades of green.”
“The Princes of Ireland: The Dublin Saga” and “The Rebels of Ireland: The Dublin Saga” by Edward Rutherfurd. In this two-part saga, Rutherfurd weaves historical fiction with historical fact into a spellbinding tour, taking the reader from pre-Christian to 20th century Ireland.
“Patrick: Son of Ireland: A Novel” by Stephen R. Lawhead – The early years of Saint Patrick are portrayed in an exciting well-researched novel full of action and interesting characters. A great introduction to the writings of author Lawhead.
“Three Bags Full” by Leone Swann – A delightful mystery set in a village along the seaside of Ireland. The murder of a local shepherd is investigated by his quirky and slightly dysfunctional flock of sheep.
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“Whitethorn Woods” by Meave Binchy – Binchy takes a break from her usually plot-driven narratives to create a vignette of fascinating characters woven around St. Anne’s Well, a shrine located outside the sleepy town of Rossmore.
‘Round Ireland with a Fridge” by Tony Hawks – Songwriter-comic Hawks made a bet with a friend that he can “hitchhike round the circumference of Ireland, with a fridge, in one calendar month.” The result is a fun exploration of Ireland and its people.
“The Claddagh Ring” by Malachy McCourt – Most people have heard of a claddagh ring, but not many are aware of the history behind the bauble. McCourt delves into the history, legend and traditions of the ring always inscribed with the phrase “Let Love and Friendship Reign.”
“In Search of Ancient Ireland: The Origins of the Irish from Neolithic Times to the Coming of the English” by Carmel McCaffrey – This companion to the PBS documentary takes 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.
“Prince of Ireland and the Three Magic Stallions” by Bryce Milligan, Illustrated by Preston McDaniels – Displeased by his stepmother, the eldest son of the king of Ireland sets out on a quest to bring her three magic stallions belonging to a giant. This beautifully illustrated picture book is perfect for Saint Patrick’s Day.
“S is for Shamrock, an Ireland Alphabet” by Eve Bunting, and Illustrated by Matt Faulkner – From A to Z, Ireland is presented in poetry, prose, and illustrations. Topics include Blarney Stone, Finn McCool, fairy rings, and shamrocks.
“Clever Tom and the Leprechauns” by Linda Shute – Tom Fitzpatrick thinks his fortune is made when he captures a leprechaun and forces him to reveal the hiding place of his gold.
“Irish Fairy Tales and Legends” retold by Una Leavy, illustrated by Susan Field – Ten traditional stories passed down through generations of Irish families. The author includes a section with the history of each story and a pronunciation guide.
All of these titles and more are available for your @yourlibrary.
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