Sure It Makes You Proud to Learn of the Irish

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Sure It Makes You Proud to Learn of the Irish


PORTRAIT OF THE IRISH WITH A MIGHTY PEN

Irish Literature 101:

James Joyce (1882-1941). One of the greatest novelists of the

20th century, he practically invented stream of consciousness.

He wrote Finnegan's Wake, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young

Man and the monumental Ulysses, yes!

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939). One of the greatest poets of

the 20th century, he thought the Irish poet's task was to

communicate with the Irish people. Yeats wrote The Wind Among

the Reeds , In the Seven Woods and, among many prose works, Folk

Tales of the Irish Peasants.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950). One of the greatest

dramatists, critics and social reformers of the 20th century, he

wrote tons, including Pygmalion which eventually transmogrified,

with a little help from Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe,

into My Fair Lady.

Homesick for the old country? Meet Marrie Walsh in her

nostalgic memoir, An Irish Country Childhood (St. Martin's

Press, $21.95) for a look at preWorld War II rural Ireland when

thatched cottages were the rule, not a tourist attraction. And

when fairies really did ride on the backs of hares and you had

to spit three times into the fairy wind "or you would disappear

forever into the enchanted land of the little people."

Coming soon: One of Ireland's finest poets, Eavan Boland, will

be at the University of North Florida March 24-25, sponsored by

the John Francis Reilly Irish Studies Performance and Lecture

Series and the UNF Women's Center.

Boland will read her poetry at 7:30 p.m. March 24 in the

University Theater. She will lecture on An Irish Poet in Her

Time at 4:30 p.m. March 25, Room 842, in the Northern Classroom

Complex. Both events are free.

-- Ann Hyman/staff

IRISH MUSIC TO PUT A LITTLE JIG IN YOUR STEP

Here is a list of traditional and modern Irish music for St.

Patrick's Day listening:

1. From Galway to Dublin: Traditional recordings of Irish

music (Rounder).

2. Milestone at the Garden: Irish Fiddle Masters From the 78

rpm Era (Rounder).

3. Various: The Wheels of the World : (Shanachie).

4. Dervish: At the End of the Day (Kells Music).

5. Begley & Cooney: Meiteal (Kells Music).

6. The Chieftains: Chieftains Four (Shanachie).

7. The Pogues: If I Should Fall From Grace With God (Island).

8. Kips Bay: Into the Light (Green Linnet).

9. Solas: Solas (Shanachie).

10. Various: Celtic Tapestry (Shanachie).

MOVIES A TESTAMENT TO THE LURE OF THE IRISH

Ireland has no shortage of good stories to tell. And plenty of

movies have been made to tell them. Here are some of the best of

the 1990s, all available on video:

The Secret of Roan Inish (1994): John Sayles' truly magical

story of a girl's search for her baby brother in the islands off

Ireland's West Coast.

The Commitments (1991): Hilarious, not-to-be-missed story of a

would-be soul band in Dublin.

The Snapper (1993): Sort of a sequel to The Commitments, it's a

touching, but funny and unromanticized look at a family's

reaction to an unplanned pregnancy.

Circle of Friends (1995): Charming look at love and religion in

1957 Ireland as young Minnie Driver falls for hunky Chris

O'Donnell.

In the Name of the Father (1993): Daniel Day-Lewis stars in the

true story of an Irish youth wrongly imprisoned by the British.

Brilliantly told.

Into the West (1993): A magical horse and two kids go on a

mythic adventure in this terrific family movie. …

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