Wherever Green Is Worn: The Story of the Irish Diasporaby Tim Pat Coogan
In the classic song Galway Bay, Bing Crosby summed up the passionate, bittersweet and sometimes conflict-filled relationship between the Irish spread across the globe and their homeland. Today, the population of Ireland is five million, but seventy million people worldwide can call themselves Irish. Though Tim Pat Coogan never strayed far from his birthplace in County… See more details below
In the classic song Galway Bay, Bing Crosby summed up the passionate, bittersweet and sometimes conflict-filled relationship between the Irish spread across the globe and their homeland. Today, the population of Ireland is five million, but seventy million people worldwide can call themselves Irish. Though Tim Pat Coogan never strayed far from his birthplace in County Dublin, he was drawn to the outposts of Ireland that existed beyond his country's shores. "As I grew older and travelled," he wrote, "my imagination was seized by the extent of the Irish population in the world outside Ireland and the variety of conditions in which it lived." The call of millions of Irish men and women around the globe proved too strong to resist and Coogan set out to find all the places where green is proudly worn. While most people know that the United States and England were two of the prime destinations for Irish immigrants, most people will never have thought of the Irish communities in Africa, the Caribbean and the majority of European countries. From the Hotel Ibis in Amiens, France, to a pub called The Harp in Sarajevo, Coogan talked to the people who carried Ireland with them when they and their ancestors left their native homeland. Besides the historic achievements of President John F. Kennedy and the literary innovations of writers like James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, the Irish who left their homeland gave the world extraordinary gifts of enterprise, intellect, art, music, faith and sheer hard work. The spread of Irish influence continues even today through popular culture as the cast of Riverdance and the members of U2 take a new Ireland abroad to influence the next generation. Tim Pat Coogan's Wherever Green Is Worn is a rich and complex tale of Irish lives in foreign lands that sums up Ireland's past, present and future.
“Rich in characterization and detail—not to mention the Coogan wit—this is an invaluable reference volume that belongs on the bookshelf of every Celtophile.”—Publishers Weekly
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Tim Pat Coogan is one of the best known journalists and historians in Ireland. Author, broadcaster, and former editor of the Irish Press, he has written several books, and two definitive works just published by Palgrave, The Troubles and The IRA.
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