Ireland 1963: A Year of Marvels, Mysteries, Merriment and Misfortune

Ireland 1963: A Year of Marvels, Mysteries, Merriment and Misfortune

by Kevin C. Kearns

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Overview

In his latest book, Kearns revisits the extraordinary year of 1963, bringing to life the voices of the ordinary people who lived through it in a way no conventional history could match. It was a year like no other. Not for any one event, but for an astonishing sequence of occurrences - triumphs and tragedies, joys and sorrows - that spanned all twelve months: a biblical-like flash flood, tenement collapses, the liberating Bingo Craze, and a frightening 'mystery caller' posing as a priest. And, of course, it was the year of President Kennedy's rapturous four-day visit to Ireland. The year reached its climax with fear for thirty Irish passengers aboard the liner Lakonia, "ablaze and sinking" at sea during Christmas week. Yet, a series of happy events throughout the year brought great joy to many. Kearns humanizes these events by relying on oral history from those who were there; their words and emotions carry a riveting authenticity and immediacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780717180783
Publisher: Gill Books
Publication date: 04/07/2019
Pages: 388
Sales rank: 944,030
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 1962's Churlish Farewell 4

2 'A Grim Start to the New Year' 14

3 Tears for the Dearly Departed 41

4 The 'Great Walk' and the UCD Hikers' Tragedy 58

5 Commotion in the Streets and on the Docks 84

6 Mysteries and Marvels 98

7 A Woeful Whit Weekend 119

8 Flash Flood! 133

9 'Two Angels' 145

10 Homecoming: Jitters and Jubilation 163

11 Homecoming: Rapture 171

12 Homecoming: Family Gathering and Garden Party 184

13 Relko's Riddle, Bingo Craze and Olympia's Jeopardy 195

14 Jumping for Joy 214

15 A Macabre Murder Mystery 225

16 UFOS, Unisex, Sharks and a Princess 236

17 Theatre Drama, and Drivers, Beware! 254

18 Beatlemania! 265

19 Imperilled Treasures 281

20 'Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye' 293

21 Ablaze and Sinking!' 304

22 'The Most Unique Year of the Century' 328

Postscript 331

Notes 333

Index 341

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