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Meet Mark Graham, Conker Champion of Ireland, All-Ireland Bucket-Singing Champion and the sixth-best bog snorkeler in Ireland. Rejected by the banks as he looked to start on the journey to home ownership, Mark started in an altogether more interesting and exciting journey to attend three festivals a week for a year. In this entertaining roller-coaster tour of Ireland, Mark paints a picture not of a broken and maudlin country that lost the run of itself, but of a people with a wealth of character, imagination, generosity, wildness, curiosity, creativity and an insatiable hunger for fun and divilment. The surprising array of weird and wonderful festivals around Ireland are matched and surpassed by the cohort of characters and clients who attend them. Throwing himself into the thick of these gatherings may have nearly killed him, but he survived his year of festivals, enjoyed almost every minute and was left with a tale or two to tell.
For 33 years Betty Purcell worked behind the scenes as an award-winning producer in RTÉ Radio and Television, with presenters such as Marian Finucane, John Bowman, Pat Kenny and John Kelly. She found battles with the government, RTÉ management and the Workers Party, taking a landmark case against Section 31 to Europe in 1991. She represented staff on the RTÉ Authority and on the Union executive. In this book she tells the real story of life in the challenging, fraught and creative world of Irish broadcasting. About the author: From modest beginnings, including two-and-a-half years in an orphanage, Betty Purcell went on to a 33-year career in RTÉ. She has worked across radio and television as both a reporter and producer. She retired from RTÉ in 2012 and lives in Dublin.
A critical evaluation of the changes the Irish constitution needs to bring radical reform to Ireland. Embracing a wide range of views, Foundation Stone: Notes towards a Constitution for a 21st-Century Republic, is a shot across the bows of the ongoing constitution convention. It rejects the cosy and complacent notion that all our constitution needs is a small bit of tweaking and proposes bold and radical action.
Sarah Maria Griffin.|
Not Lost is a book about growing up, about friendship, about love, about life and living it well. It is by turns heartbreaking, funny, tender and gutsy, it is assured but never cocky and marks Sarah Maria Griffin as one of the major voices of her generation.
Clíodhna Ní Anluain.|
2013 is the centenary of the purchase of Croke Park by the GAA, the home of All-Ireland Championship Final days. September Sundays contain 100 pieces from RTE Radio's iconic Sunday Miscellany that passionately capture so many related aspects of these magical days and the ways in which they have lifted us up and out of ourselves across a century of Sundays.