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 The Ancient Mystery that holds the secret of Newgrange

It was through the unmatched spiritual and physical prowess of these Celtic bloodlines that Ireland would become an impenetrable fortress and safe haven for the exceptional inheritance of western civilization, a reality which has been marginalized. Buy E-Book Here    Buy Book Here

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This is a work of fiction.  The short stories in this collection are based on the same era - before electricity lit up our homes.   Expectations were low and people worked hard.    But they still had time for love and romance.   Dance-halls were plentiful, as well as broken hearts. Buy Book Here

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This chronicles growing up on a farm at the foot of the Galty mountains in Tipperary in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.  This was a time when the meitheall was a vital cog in farming life and neighbours helped each other out: a time also when people were under the rule and thumb of the Church.   Buy Book Here

 The Last wish of an unsung Irish Hero
Joe Collins joined the IRA in 1917 and was with them through to the end of the Civil War. In Joe’s own words we hear about his ‘Many arguments with the Tans’. In one episode Joe tells of the night he went up a ladder with cans of petrol tied to his back and set fire to the Lismore Courthouse. He was badly burnt and shot at as he escaped. Joe often risked his life during these troubled times and like so many he is an unsung hero.

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Ireland in 1920 was one country within the British Empire, Sergeant Patrick Joseph Collins of The Royal Irish Constabulary, a native of County Cork, is the Sergeant in charge of a Small isolated Police Barracks in Sixmilecross County Tyrone. Buy E-Book Here

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Prologue: A young man attends the funeral of actor Jim Brevin. Many are startled by the young man’s resemblance to the deceased – as far as everyone knows, Jim never had a son.
Part 1: Jim Brevin is born in 1898 to a middle-class Dublin family. He is a headstrong, independent child who has a poor relationship with his father. At Christmas, Jim and his family attend a pantomime and Jim is captivated by the magic of theatre. Buy Book Here

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America gained her freedom in a nine-year-war by fighting three-dozen battles from Georgia to Canada, and hundreds of engagements on the high seas, occurring along the coastlines of North America, the Caribbean, the British Isles, and Western Europe. Buy the Book!

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 Before the dawn of written history, horsemen from the steppes of Russia swept across the European continent settling initially in Germany's Hartz Mountains. Buy the Book
  Following their their conversion by priests from the British Isles to the Druid religion and laws, the Celts overran a swath of Europe from the British Isles southeast to Turkey, which they ruled for a thousand years.
    In addition to bringing iron to the continent, the Celts invented steel, the spoked wheel with its iron tire, and the iron plow, which enabled European nomads to settle in communities.
    In 387 BC, they defeated the Roman Army and invaded the eternal city. This epic battle dramatically changed the course of history. The Celts are truly the Founders of Europe.
    This is their story.

 Author

The grandson of Big John Meehan from Sligo, Mary Ellen McLaughlin-Keane from Galway, Bridget Munnelly from Mayo, and Matthew Smith from Cavan ended up with the least recognized Irish name of them all. I can’t begin to tell you how many times, I’ve been asked, “Smith, huh! English … right?” When I meet up with my ancestor Mac an Gabhann—the one who anglicized our family name to Smith—he and I are going to have words. Even my wife, Elizabeth McCarthy McGinty Smith, would’ve retained her maiden name if such a thing were fashionable when we were wed.
  Before I continue on to the little I’ve accomplished in life, there are a few items from my family history that need emphasizing. The Smith homestead in Beagh Upper, Parish of Upper Killenkere, was “situate” within 200 yards of where General Phil Sheridan was born. And since, my uncles have stated that their grandmother was a Sheridan, well … you do the math. If you have an issue with that, there’s no sense going into the story Big John Meehan told of my Galway-born grandmother being related to a member of Columbus’s crew.
    When I began writing narrative-history, I didn’t plan to write the complete Irish-American Story, it just happened, or it will happen when later this year I add, The Revolutionary War Irish to the series.

    An interest in the Druids and ancient Celts formed into a book when I learned the Celts invaded Rome in circa 500 BCE. This was followed by The Life and Times of Liam O’Donnell: which began as a tale of growing up Irish-Catholic in Philadelphia, then grew to an epic, including the major battles and events of WWII. Since the Liam book needed a companion, I wrote its sequel, Rory O’Donnell and the Kennedys to add the Korean War, Civil Rights, and Vietnam. The Last of the Fenians began as a whimsical tale about the Irish Republican Brotherhood stealing the Titanic’s sister ship; until, I stumbled across the fact that the first-formed Irish Division (the 10th)  fought in Gallipoli. The book then took off on a path of its own through WWI, the Anglo-Irish War, The Treaty, Ulster, ending with Michael Collins’ assassination in the Irish Civil War. As an aside, both my father and my Grandfather Smith were in Ireland during that period. Now I couldn’t let my likely cousin, Phil Sheridan, off easily, therefore; he became one of the main characters in The Civil War’s Valiant Irish. That’s when I realized I wasn’t just writing individual books, but the complete series about Irish-American accomplishments.

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This well-researched story begins in Ireland, in the decade following the Great Famine, setting the stage for why hundreds of thousands emigrated to don the Union blue or the Confederate grey.Buy the Book

Covering Irish-born, Irish-Americans, and Scot-Irish who participated in some 40-campaigns, battles, and major events, The Civil War’s Valiant Irish takes the reader not only onto the battlefield; but also behind the scenes into the likely thoughts and actions of those who served, illuminating people and events often overlooked by conventional historians—a unique approach to America’s most devastating war.

Author

The grandson of Big John Meehan from Sligo, Mary Ellen McLaughlin-Keane from Galway, Bridget Munnelly from Mayo, and Matthew Smith from Cavan ended up with the least recognized Irish name of them all. I can’t begin to tell you how many times, I’ve been asked, “Smith, huh! English … right?” When I meet up with my ancestor Mac an Gabhann—the one who anglicized our family name to Smith—he and I are going to have words. Even my wife, Elizabeth McCarthy McGinty Smith, would’ve retained her maiden name if such a thing were fashionable when we were wed.
  Before I continue on to the little I’ve accomplished in life, there are a few items from my family history that need emphasizing. The Smith homestead in Beagh Upper, Parish of Upper Killenkere, was “situate” within 200 yards of where General Phil Sheridan was born. And since, my uncles have stated that their grandmother was a Sheridan, well … you do the math. If you have an issue with that, there’s no sense going into the story Big John Meehan told of my Galway-born grandmother being related to a member of Columbus’s crew.
    When I began writing narrative-history, I didn’t plan to write the complete Irish-American Story, it just happened, or it will happen when later this year I add, The Revolutionary War Irish to the series.

    An interest in the Druids and ancient Celts formed into a book when I learned the Celts invaded Rome in circa 500 BCE. This was followed by The Life and Times of Liam O’Donnell: which began as a tale of growing up Irish-Catholic in Philadelphia, then grew to an epic, including the major battles and events of WWII. Since the Liam book needed a companion, I wrote its sequel, Rory O’Donnell and the Kennedys to add the Korean War, Civil Rights, and Vietnam. The Last of the Fenians began as a whimsical tale about the Irish Republican Brotherhood stealing the Titanic’s sister ship; until, I stumbled across the fact that the first-formed Irish Division (the 10th)  fought in Gallipoli. The book then took off on a path of its own through WWI, the Anglo-Irish War, The Treaty, Ulster, ending with Michael Collins’ assassination in the Irish Civil War. As an aside, both my father and my Grandfather Smith were in Ireland during that period. Now I couldn’t let my likely cousin, Phil Sheridan, off easily, therefore; he became one of the main characters in The Civil War’s Valiant Irish. That’s when I realized I wasn’t just writing individual books, but the complete series about Irish-American accomplishments.


 

 

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Although a novel, this is a powerful history for it's an all inclusive look at America emerging victorious from WWII only to leave future generations with the current mess resulting from decisions made and actions taken during the period covered by this book. Buy the Book


 Set in 1912 during the Irish migration, on the hauntingly beautiful Great Blasket Island off the coast of Ireland, the gilded age of New York City and the streets of San Francisco, Dancing In The Heather is the story of Aeylish O’Kelly, a poor island girl who risks her life to save David Summerland, a wealthy playboy from San Francisco, when his boat capsizes in the wild Atlantic Ocean.    Buy Book Here!

 By Ann O'Farrell

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Like so many young girls growing up in the poverty-stricken West of Ireland in the 1930’s Roisin Keavney loves her family, but dreams of a wealthy husband and a better life. Buy Book Here

 

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Enter these pages to discover a singular and fabled Ireland of the 1800’s, a mystic Ireland that may have been; a land of Poets and Crafts folk, Lovers and Rebels, Heroes and Dreamers. There you will encounter events and characters that may not be as they seem. Buy Book Here

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Ian Padraic harbors a scandalous secret. To avenge the death of his best friend in a Belfast raid, Ian joins the Provisional IRA which he conceals for 30 years. He meets investigative reporter Eileen Donohue and friendship blossoms into a love affair. Buy Book Here

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Combining the spirit of Kingsley Amis’s Lucky Jim with a bawdy evisceration of hypocrisy in old-school Catholic education, The Brothers’ Lot is a comic satire that tells the story of the Brothers of Godly Coercion School for Young Boys of Meager Means, Buy Book Here

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