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Rambles is well known for the diversity of its offerings, but there's no denying that the cultural arts of a Celtic nature have been of particular interest to the readers and staff. It's always been easy to find Celtic music -- it's the largest section of this magazine -- but books and movies have been harder to find among the other many fine books and movies reviewed here. So it is with great pleasure that we provide this page to offer some focus -- books and movies of specific interest to Irish aficionados. Enjoy!

Facts, Fiction & Folklore

Brendan Behan
Borstal Boy

James Bonwick
Irish Druids & Old Irish Religions

Ciaran Brady, editor
The Encyclopedia of Ireland

Bill Brennan
Irish & Scottish Airs & Ballads for Acoustic Guitar

Katharine Briggs
An Encyclopedia of Fairies: Hobgoblins, Brownies, Bogies & Other Supernatural Creatures

Angela Bourke
The Burning of Bridget Cleary

Robert Byrd
Finn MacCoul & His Fearless Wife

Philip Carr-Gomm
The Druid Way
The Elements of the Druid Tradition

Karan Casey & Friends
Seal Maiden, a Celtic Musical

Ron Chepesiuk
The Scotch-Irish: From the North of Ireland to the Making of America

Peter Cooper
Mel Bay's Complete Irish Fiddle Player

Lisle Crowley
Easy Celtic Solos for Fingerstyle Guitar

Matthew J. Culligan & Peter Cherici
The Wandering Irish in Europe: Their Influence from the Dark Ages to Modern Times

Elizabeth Cunningham
Daughter of the Shining Isles

Bob Curran
A Field Guide to Irish Fairies, illustrated by Andrew Whitsun
The Truth about the Leprechaun

Annabel Davis-Goff
The Fox's Walk

Terry Deary
Horrible Histories: Ireland

Roddy Doyle
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
Yeats is Dead!, et al

Stephen Dunford
In Humbert's Footsteps: Mayo 1798

S.M.W. Dunnit, editor
Irish Lore & Legends

Randy Lee Eickhoff
The Destruction of the Inn
The Feast
The Raid
The Sorrows

Peter Berresford Ellis
The Celtic Revolution

Robert C. Evans, editor
Frank O'Connor's "Ghosts"

Eleanor Fairburn
The White Seahorse

Tony Farmar
Privileged Lives

Jim Fitzpatrick
The Book of Conquests
The Silver Arm

Charles Foran
Carolan's Farewell

Barry Foy
Field Guide to the Irish Music Session

Cari Fuchs, editor
Irish Session Tune Book

Liam Gaul
Masters of Irish Music

Dan Gelo
Fiddle Tunes & Irish Music for Guitar

Patricia Reilly Giff
Maggie's Door

John Glatt
The Chieftains: The Authorized Biography

Peter Gray
The Irish Famine

Stefan Grossman, Duck Baker & El McMeen
Mel Bay's Complete Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar Book

Thomas E. Hachey
Britain & Irish Separatism: From the Fenians to the Free State

Peter Haining, editor
Great Irish Tales of Horror: A Treasury of Fear

Colin Harper & Trevor Hodgett
Irish Folk, Trad & Blues: A Secret History

Margaret Hawkins
Restless Spirit

Kate Horsley
Confessions of a Pagan Nun

Hugin the Bard
A Bard's Book of Pagan Songs: Stories & Music from the Celtic World

Colin Irwin
In Search of the Craic: One Man's Pub Crawl Through Irish Music

Simon James
The World of the Celts

Conan Kennedy
Ancient Ireland: The User's Guide

Sharon Kennedy
More Irish Folk Tales for Children

Ken Kolodner
Walking Stones: Music from A Celtic Sojourn for Hammered Dulcimer

Una Leavy
Irish Fairy Tales & Legends

Eddie Lenihan & Carolyn Eve Green
Meeting the Other Crowd: The Fairy Stories of Hidden Ireland

Edmund Lenihan
In Search of Biddy Early

Morgan Llywelyn
Finn MacCool
The Isles of the Blest
1949: A Novel of the Irish Free State

Michael Patrick MacDonald
All Souls: A Family Story from Southie

Sorley MacLean (Somhairle MacGill-Eain)
Poems to Eimhir (Dain do Eimhir)

Liam MacUistin
The Hunt for Diarmaid & Grainne

Juliet Marillier
Sevenwaters #1: Daughter of the Forest
Sevenwaters #2: Son of the Shadows
Sevenwaters #3: Child of the Prophecy

Caitlin Matthews
The Celtic Spirit: Daily Meditations for the Turning Year

William McCarter
My Life in the Irish Brigade: The Civil War Memoirs of Private William McCarter, 116th Pennsylvania Infantry, edited by Kevin E. O'Brien

Frank McCourt
Angela's Ashes

Frank McCourt, et al
Yeats is Dead!

Malachy McCourt
A Monk Swimming
Singing My Him Song

Martin McGartland
Fifty Dead Men Walking

David McWilliams
The Pope's Children

Martin Melhuish
Celtic Tides: Traditional Music in a New Age

O.R. Melling
The Druid's Tune
The Hunter's Moon
The Light-Bearer's Daughter
The Summer King

Christy Moore
One Voice: My Life in Song

Thomas Moran
Water, Carry Me: A Love Story

Cole Moreton
Hungry for Home: Leaving the Blaskets: A Journey from the Edge of Ireland

Robert Mouland
Fireside Tales: Stories & Music from the Irish Tradition

Paul Rhys Mountfort
Ogam, the Celtic Oracle of the Trees

Don Mullan
Eyewitness Bloody Sunday: The Truth

Ed Munger
Jigs & Reels for Classic Guitar

Colin Murphy & Donal O'Dea
The Book of Feckin' Irish Slang That's Great Craic for Cute Hoors & Bowsies

Tomas O'Canainn
Traditional Music in Ireland

Turlough O'Carolan
The Complete Works of O'Carolan

Joseph O'Connor
Star of the Sea

Ulick O'Connor
Michael Collins & the Troubles: The Struggle for Irish Freedom 1912-1922

Daithi O'Hogain
Irish Superstitions

Diarmuid O'Neill, editor
Rebuilding the Celtic Languages

Juilene Osborne-McKnight
I Am of Irelaunde: A Novel of Patrick and Osian

Pat O'Shea
The Hounds of the Morrigan

Fintan O'Toole
The Ex-Isle of Erin

Cyril A. Reilly & Renee Travis Reilly
An Irish Blessing

Emilie Richards
The Parting Glass
Whiskey Island

Fiona Ritchie, with Mychael & Jeff Danna
A Celtic Tale: The Legend of Deirdre

Trina Robbins
Wild Irish Roses

Sacred Symbols: The Celts

Eric Roth, with Eileen McNamara
The Parting Glass: A Toast to the Traditional Pubs of Ireland

Maggie Sansone
A Traveler's Dream: Celtic Explorations for Hammered Dulcimer

Robert D. San Souci
Brave Margaret, illustrated by Sally Wern Comport

June Skinner Sawyers
The Complete Guide to Celtic Music

Michael Scott
The Last of the Fianna

Olive Sharkey
Ways of Old: Traditional Life in Ireland

Hugh Shields
Tunes of the Munster Pipers: Irish Traditional Music from the James Goodman Manuscripts

George Otto Simms
Brendan the Navigator

William L. Smith
Irish Priests in the United States: A Vanishing Subculture

Irish Ballad Book

Eddie Stack
The West, with Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill

Bodie & Brock Thoene
The Galway Chronicles #1: Only the River Runs Free
The Galway Chronicles #2: Of Men & of Angels

Loreto Todd
A Fire in His Head: Stories of Wandering Aengus

Peter Tremayne
Our Lady of Darkness

Barry Vann
Rediscovering the South's Celtic Heritage

Richard Voss
O'Carolan's Tunes for Descant/Soprano Recorder

Richard Voss & Laurence Traiger
O'Carolan's Tunes for Piano
Roving Through Ireland: Piano Solos of Traditional Irish Folk Music

Geoff Wallis & Sue Wilson
The Rough Guide to Irish Music

Washington Area Folk Harp Society, with Heather Yule
The Song of the Selkie

David A. Wilson
Ireland, a Bicycle & a Tin Whistle

Peter Lamborn Wilson
Ploughing the Clouds: The Search for Irish Soma

Terri Windling
The Changeling

Cecil Blanche Fitz Gerald Woodham Smith, Cecil Woodham-Smith & Charles Woodham
The Great Hunger: Ireland 1845-1849

Elvira Woodruff
Small Beauties

William Butler Yeats
Selected Poems & Three Plays


The Brylcreem Boys (1998)

The Butcher Boy (1997)

Cal (1985)

Circle of Friends (1995)

Dervish: The Midsummer's Night Session (1999)

The Devil's Own (1997)

An Everlasing Piece (2000)

The Field (1990)

Freedom Highway: Songs That Shaped a Century (2001)

Gangs of New York (2002)

In the Name of the Father (1993)

Into the West (1992)

The Matchmaker (1997)

The Nephew (1998)

Once (2007)

Pints, Pounds & Pilgrims (2001)

The Quiet Man (1952)

The Run of the Country (1995)

The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)

The Snapper (1993)

Waking Ned Devine (1998)


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