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Greetings, Dear Irish Friends!
by Patricia McConville Martin
Part of your celebration at Iowa Irish Fest should include treating yourself to a copy of Irish Touches retail $18.95. With this book, you can celebrate your Irish roots every day of the year. For discounts click here:
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“A drop of Irish blood will make up for all the rest.”
This expression — is it humorous or serious? We just just know it confirms the enthusiasm with which James B. McConville embraces his Irish heritage and “all things Irish.”
The author began searching the roots of his McConville and Bradley families when he was in grade school…long before genealogy became fashionable as it is today! Reading Irish history has been a passion all of his life, and he shares that knowledge in this book.
“A wee bit of all that is Irish” in Irish Touches: Recipes and Traditions includes the history of Ireland, Irish immigration, famous battles, and lists of famous Irish Americans. He teaches the reader how to write a limerick, shares his favorite recipes, and tells us about Irish whiskeys and beers, along with the pubs in which he has sampled them. He shares his favorite Irish toasts and blessings and discusses Irish folklore, the claddagh, and Irish High Crosses. Most interesting is the author’s “Irish Travel Highlights.”
The Top Ten Greatest Poets and Writers, Dramatists, Sports, and traditional Irish music are discussed, as well as the University of Notre Dame, the author’s alma mater, and Irish Wolfhounds (yes, he raised one, and named him Blarney.)
In a section called The Irish Kitchen, the author shares some 28 of his favorite recipes, and the book is enlivened further by images of Irish people and their favorite sites and sights.