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michael dunne commented on James O'Brien's blog post 'Jimmy’s Hall': Why This Remarkable History -- and Film -- Matter
"Thank you James O'Brien for this article on the film Jimmys Hall which I enjoyed watching. The "the petit-minded, priest-bidden lackies destined to hold Ireland back for decades to come" were the sons of Catholic Church lackies…"
Sep 28, 2016
michael dunne liked James O'Brien's blog post 'Jimmy’s Hall': Why This Remarkable History -- and Film -- Matter
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The Push for 'Republic Day'

John Steinbeck, who had an Irish mother, once wrote that every good Irishman goes back once. This Irishman must confess that he's been back more than once in the many years since he first left for Australia. But it took 13 years before I could make the first trip, and it is 19 years since I had last set foot on the auld sod in…See More
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That's Just How It Was commented on James O'Brien's blog post The Push for 'Republic Day'
"Hello James O'Brien Were you aware that some of  the relative' of the 1916 Easter Rising were selling Certificates to for the preservation  of Moore Street ... which the Government in its wisdom -- had decided to know down !!! I…"
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The Push for 'Republic Day'

John Steinbeck, who had an Irish mother, once wrote that every good Irishman goes back once. This Irishman must confess that he's been back more than once in the many years since he first left for Australia. But it took 13 years before I could make the first trip, and it is 19 years since I had last set foot on the auld sod in…See More
Jul 7, 2016
Richard R. Mc Gibbon Jr. commented on James O'Brien's blog post Michael Collins: Saga of Heroism Against Daunting Odds
"What is even "cooler" was that Tom Jefferson and George Washington were letter writers and supporters of the United Irishmen with some key people in Co. Down. I guess one could say that Great Britain has given birth to many men such as the…"
Oct 19, 2015
Mike McCormack commented on James O'Brien's blog post Michael Collins: Saga of Heroism Against Daunting Odds
" Some time ago I received the news that a survey was taken among the British people as to who had been the greatest enemy of the Crown throughout history and Michael Collins came in second.  Well, I was kind of happy that so many Brits…"
Oct 19, 2015
Richard R. Mc Gibbon Jr. commented on James O'Brien's blog post Michael Collins: Saga of Heroism Against Daunting Odds
"The "Big Fella" was more effective in this conflict than the British. He was in tune with Sun Tzu's tactics and the British were delusional about themselves. He was a disciplined leader; discipline is doing what you are…"
Oct 18, 2015
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James O'Brien commented on Jillian Godsil's blog post O'Brien Press Prospers By Championing Intrinsic Value of Books
"Another top article Jillian; an inspiring tale of a courageous and enterprising family. Firms like that can restore Irish credibility and rebuild economic confidence after the Celtic Tiger debacle."
Oct 7, 2015

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James O'Brien's Blog

Production Team Moves From Easter Rising to 'Snow Falls'

Posted on January 22, 2017 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

One of the many events held during 2016 to honour those who took part in the Easter Rising 100 years before was a stage play From the Backbone Out, which told the story of Richard O’Carroll, a labour leader…

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The Push for 'Republic Day'

Posted on July 7, 2016 at 3:00am 1 Comment

John Steinbeck, who had an Irish mother, once wrote that every good Irishman goes back once. This Irishman must confess that he's been back more than once in the many years since he first left for Australia. But it…

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'Jimmy’s Hall': Why This Remarkable History -- and Film -- Matter

Posted on September 10, 2015 at 7:00pm 3 Comments

It's almost like looking in the mirror.

High unemployment, mass emigration of the young and problems affecting health and education services are as current today as they were in the first decade of Irish independence, the period that informs the narrative of Ken Loach's newest film, "Jimmy's…

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Roscommon Poet Becomes Bard for 100,000 Aussie Workers

Posted on July 31, 2015 at 5:00am 1 Comment

Songs of the Snowy Mountains: The Settlers (Editor: Shannon O’Boyle)

Reviewer: J.A. O’Brien

Summary: Songs of the Snowy Mountains: The Settlers represents an important new contribution to the history of Australian…

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At 12:03am on March 12, 2014,
Founding Member
Nollaig 2016
said…

Welcome James

At 7:45am on February 4, 2015,
Heritage Partner
That's Just How It Was
said…

 I do believe that we are already friends on The Wild Geese James ; however thus is just my blog to promote my book - That's Just How it Was

MY name is Mary Thorpe and I am the author of the above named book The YouTube link below will take you to the Video that I had done to promote my book ;

I would appreciate it if you could show this to members of the Irish  Centre / or Students of Irish History /clients / customers or friends -as I do believe it will hold a great deal of interest for Irish emigrants and their descendant wherever they may be

Thank you

-          Regards Mary Thorpe

The YouTube link below will take you to the Video that I had done to promote my book ; as above

I would appreciate it if you could show this to members of the Irish  Centre / or Students of Irish History /clients / customers or friends -as I do believe it will hold a great deal of interest for Irish emigrants and their descendant wherever they may be

Thank you    Regards Mary Thorpe

Youtube: http://youtu.be/oT0oOa0jx28

Youtube: http://youtu.be/oT0oOa0jx28

Professional Book Reviews below

“That’s Just How It Was is a moving family tale through which much can be gleaned about life during the push for Irish independence… This is a satisfying, emotionally involving read.”- Clarion Review

“Authors of family memoirs often overload their narratives with minutiae that puts nonfamily members to sleep. There are no such encumbrances in Mary Thorpe’s biography of her remarkable grandmother, Bridget O’Rourke. Thorpe…carefully blends Bridget’s story with the events of her day, some of the most pivotal events in Ireland’s history.”- Blueink Review

“Thorpe compellingly incorporates history into her grandmother’s story, always making sure to bring the narrative back to Bridget’s life and personal experience ….. a compelling story of a strong, capable woman and the history that surrounded her “.- Kirkus Review ­

 Besides Kindle ; Amazon ;Barnesandnoble ; ; Bertham ; Inghams ; Gardners Whole books UK ,  bulk orders can be made via the below Authorhouse direct at  jturner@contentdistributors.com (888) 728-8467 ext. 5908  Fax: 1-812-339   6554 

ISBN 978-1-8985-5

 

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