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McGinley's Darkly Comic 'Foggage' Explores Incest in Rural Ireland

As seen in Foggage, Patrick McGinley's fiction reveals a writer whose worth lies in his ability to balance perverse humour and human pathos on the cutting blade of his perfectly turned phrases.

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Thin Lizzy / Philip Lynott Bio 'Cowboy Song' Is Like Reading the Best Liner Notes, Ever

Cowboy Song is not the first biography of Thin Lizzy and/or Lynott, but it is profoundly well-researched and may be the best.

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Nick Laird's 'Modern Gods' and Restless Protagonists

Modern Gods veers away from its trajectory, but it lingers askew.

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'The Island of Horses' Captures the Beauty of a Windswept Irish Coast

Between the villainous merchants, sailors and mysterious horses, it is the windswept Irish landscape that emerges as the true character of this story.

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Colm Mac Con Iomaire Brings Pastoral Tranquility to Muldoon's Picnic

NYC's Irish Arts Center hosts a regular literary/musical salon curated by poet Paul Muldoon and will offer free books on St. Patrick's.

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Rose Cousins: Natural Conclusion

Years collaborating and exploring creative outlets result in a collection of tight, focused songs from folk artist Rose Cousins.

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'Brooklyn' Is a Story of Cultural Purgatory

Rarely do immigration dramas deal with the trouble of re-assimilating back to one's homeland.

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Nile + Ex Deo + Svart Crown

Tonight Nile are relentless in their Ithyphallic onslaught.

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Clerical Connivance in Dreary Dublin: Benjamin Black's 'Holy Orders'

It's difficult to shake the sensation that this story is not happening over a half-century later, amidst today's revelations of clerical abuse and conspiracy.

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From (Almost) the Big Bang to Tara to Patrick: 'The Origins of the Irish'

J.P. Mallory's work serves as a trustworthy, eminently scholarly but accessible guide past tricky diversions and evasive directions in history.

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And So I Watch You From Afar: All Hail Bright Futures

If "movie thriller punk" was a thing.

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Various Artists: Strange Passion

You know that a rarities collection is digging deep when the most famous band featured is the Virgin Prunes.

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The Toll of Political Idealism: 'The Dream of the Celt'

This lightly fictionalized tale of the much maligned Sir Roger Casement prefigures our own guilty complicity with an unjust world order demand for ever-lower prices, ever-wider markets, and ever-greedier enterprises.

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The Cranberries: Roses

After an 11-year break, Ireland's Cranberries return with their best record since 1994.

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Rodrigo Y gabriela and C.U.B.A: Area 52

The preeminent Mexican guitar duo rattles Havana with a Cuban orchestra.

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B-Movie Lightning: Rain on a River

At its best, Rain on a River is bouncy, infectious electro-pop; at its worst, hollow and dull.

Zach Schonfeld
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Steafán Hanvey: Steafán Hanvey and The Honeymoon Junkies

Irish singer-songwriter's addictive album finally available in the States.

Jedd Beaudoin
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'Skippy Dies': This Isn't Hogwarts

Paul Murray's novel about tragedy, heartbreak, and quantum physics at an Irish private school is as snortingly funny as it is painfully poignant.

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Kopek: White Collar Lies

This is not a good record.

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Redemption Song by Niall Stanage

President Obama, whose great-great-great-grandfather was Falmouth Kearney, had the luck of the Irish -- and a lot of it.

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Domestic Violence: Poems by Eavan Boland

Much of Boland's fifth volume of poems, is explicitly about Ireland -- its quiet domestic scenes tinged with malice, its relatively recent experience of modernity, its daffodil-filled springs, its ghosts.

Katie Haegele
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Christine Falls by Benjamin Black

Man Booker Prize-winner John Banville offers his first crime novel.

Frank Wilson
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