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Florida PBS viewers can avoid the Saint Patrick's Day pub crowds and spend the evening with Red Hurley instead -- the popular Irish singer will be featured in a two-hour broadcast to celebrate the day, featuring works from Red's latest album, "I Will Sing".
It's been a banner year for Irish singer Red Hurley, with yet another album hitting the best-selling charts in Ireland, victory over all competitors in a televised contest on the Brian Kennedy TV show "One To Remember", and a terrific new website, www.redhurley.com. Click on the image to visit Red's website, click here to read the Celtic Cafe interview with Red by our own Ann Keller, and tune in on the 17th if you can to enjoy a special performance by one of Ireland's great voices!
Liffey Rivers, Irish Dancer and Girl Detective, returns in a new adventure by Brenna Briggs! In Liffey Rivers and the Mystery of the Winking Judge, Liffey's in London, facing international intrigue and feis judges with equal determination. Visit www.liffeyrivers.com for more information!
WLIW New York, the same station that produced the magnificent Visions series, is presenting an exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary of the exciting new musical The Pirate Queen, based on the life of Grace O'Malley.
Click on the image to learn more about the show, and tune in on Monday, March 12 at 9 pm!
If you haven't yet had the pleasure of visiting Maggie's Music, now is the time to check out the wonderful website for this independent label -- Time-Life Records has released a two-disc compilation of the best of Maggie's Music, from artists including Hesperus, Bonnie Rideout, Ceoltoiri, and many others, including Maggie Sansone herself! The CD is available now from Amazon, but be sure to visit the Maggie's Music website and browse the other albums!
Old magic is reborn as Skyhook Press launches a series of chapter book retellings of fantasy classics from around the world and throughout the ages. Award-winning children's author Aaron Shepard has given us a beautifully crafted work from the Welsh Mabinogion, one of the most magnificent – and neglected – epic sagas in world folklore.
For ages 10 and up, The Mountain of Marvels is perfect for all lovers of Celtic folklore – and their children. Click on the image to learn more!
Visions of Ireland showcases "the land of saints and scholars" as never before. From Inishmaan to Sligo Bay, Belfast to Blarney Castle, Wicklow to Waterford and Armagh to Skellig Michael, this aerial phototour explores all the beauty of the island -- and gives US viewers a glorious excuse to support their PBS stations. Click on the image to learn more!
The program will premiere on PBS stations beginning Saturday, March 3, 2007 at 9 pm.
What would you do if time started flowing backward and the world as you knew it disappeared?
Award-winning author Eoin McNamee has turned his tale-spinning talents from adult thrillers to children's novels, with his new science fiction adventure, The Navigator, just out in January 2007. Click on the image for more on the new book!
John Throne's first novel, The Donegal Woman, has been winning raves since its publication in Ireland in July 2006 -- now it's crossed the ocean for its launch in America. After a "sneak preview" in San Francisco on January 16, 2007, the author will be reading and signing copies of the book at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave., Chicago from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21.
Click on the image to read more about this remarkable work!