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Ireland and the Irish in America: A Living Musical Tradition: Books

Companion to a display in the Rohrbach Library featuring library resources related to Ireland, Irish immigration to the United States, and Irish traditional music

Library Resources -- Books

Ireland and The Irish in America: A Living Musical Tradition

A Selected Bibliography of Resources in theRohrbach Library, Kutztown University


The following titles are a small selection of the resources available in the Rohrbach Library on the subjects of Ireland, the Irish in America, and Irish traditional music. Look to either side of a book on the library shelves and you will find more books on the same or a similar subject. The library’s call number follows each citation.


Ireland – General


Foster, R. F., ed. The Oxford History of Ireland Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992. 



Ireland – Ancient


Bevan-Jones, Robert. The Ancient Yew: A History of Taxus baccata. Macclesfield,       

    Cheshire, U.K.: Windgather Press, 2002.  [QK/494.5/T25J66/2002]


Herren, Michael W., and Shirley Ann Brown. Christ in Celtic Christianity: Britain and

   Ireland from the Fifth to the Tenth Century. Woodbridge, Suffolk, U.K.: Boydell Press,

   2002.  [BR/749/H47/2002]


O’Kelly, Michael J. Newgrange: Archaeology, Art, and Legend. New York: Thames and

   Hudson, 1994.  [DA/920/O5/1994]


Smyth, Daragh. Cu Chulainn: An Iron Age Hero. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2005.    



Ireland – Medieval and Early Modern


Canny, Nicholas. Kingdom and Colony: Ireland in the Atlantic World, 1560-1800.

   Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1988.  [DA/947/C34/1988]


Davies, R. R. Domination and Conquest: The Experience of Ireland, Scotland, and

   Wales, 1100-1300. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990. 



Duffy, Sean, ed. Medieval Ireland: An Encyclopedia. New York: Routledge, 2005. 



Griffin, Patrick. The People With No Name: Ireland’s Ulster Scots, America’s Scots Irish,

   and the Creation of a British Atlantic World, 1689-1764. Princeton: Princeton

   University Press, 2001.  [E/184/S4G74/2001]



Ireland – Modern


Clarkson, Leslie A., and E. Margaret Crawford. Famine and Disease in Ireland. London:

   Pickering and Chatto, 2005.  [DA/950.7/F363/2005]


Coogan, Tim Pat. De Valera: Long Fellow, Long Shadow. London: Arrow Books, 1995. 



Dolan, Anne.  Commemorating the Irish Civil War: History and Memory, 1923-2000.  

   Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. [DA/963/D65/2006]


Donnelly, James S. The Great Irish Potato Famine. Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK: Sutton

   Publishing, ``2001.  [DA/950.7/D66/2001]


Flanagan, William. Ireland Now: Tales of Change from the Global Island. Notre Dame,

   Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 2007.  [DA/925/F53/2007]


Foster, R. F. Luck and the Irish: A Brief History of Change from 1970. New York:

   Oxford University Press, 2008.  [DA/963/F66/2008]


Githins-Mazer, Jonathan. Myths and Memories of the Easter Rising: Cultural and

   Political Nationalism in Ireland. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2006. 



O Cathaoir, Brendan. Famine Diary. Dublin : Irish Academic Press, 1999.   



Scally, Robert James. The End of Hidden Ireland: Rebellion, Famine, and Emigration.

   New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.  [DA/995/B147S34/1996]


Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger: Ireland, 1845-1849. New York: Harper &

   Row, 1962.  [DA/950.7/W6/1962]


Irish in America


Bayor, Ronald H., and Timothy J. Meagher, ed. The New York Irish. Baltimore: The

   Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996.  [F/128.9/I6N49/1996]


Fitzgerald, Maureen. Habits of Compassion: Irish Catholic Nuns and the Origins of New

   York’s Welfare System, 1830-1920.  Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2006. 



Gallman, J. Matthew. Receiving Erin’s Children: Philadelphia, Liverpool, and the Irish

   Famine Migration, 1845-1855. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000.        



Ignatiev, Noel. How the Irish Became White. New York: Routledge, 1995.



Kenny, Kevin, ed. New Directions in Irish-American History. Madison, WI: University

   of Wisconsin Press, 2003.  [E/184/I6N475/2003]


Lee, J. J., and Marion R. Casey, ed. Making the Irish American: History and Heritage of

   the Irish in the United States. New York: New York University Press,



McBride, Betty Lou, comp. The Old Jail Museum and Molly Maguires. Jim Thorpe, Pa.:

   The Old Jail Museum, 1996.  [Penna/HV/8378/C372/M397/1996]


Moran, Gerard. Sending Out Ireland’s Poor: Assisted Immigration to North America in

   the Nineteenth Century. Portland, Ore.: Four Courts Press, 2004.  [E/184/I6M66/2004]


Nash, Catherine. Of Irish Descent: Origin Stories, Genealogy, & the Politics of

   Belonging. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2008.  [CS/484/N37/2008]


Warfe;. Stephen G. A Patch of Land Owned By the Company: Historical and

   Archaeological Investigations of House Lots #117/119 Main Street, Eckley Miners’

   Village, Eckley, Pennsylvania. Harrisburg, Pa.: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum

   Commission, in association with Eckley Miners’ Village Associates and Friends of the

   State Museum, 1993.  [Penna/F/159/E174W37/1993]


Watson, William E., and J. Francis Watson, John H. Ahtes III, and Earl H. Schandelmeier

   III. The Ghosts of Duffy’s Cut: The Irish Who Died Building America’s Most

   Dangerous Stretch of Railroad. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2006. 



White, Richard. Remembering Ahanagran: A History of Stories. Seattle: University of

   Washington Press, 2004.  [CT/275/W55416/W48/2004]


Williams, William H. A. ‘Twas Only an Irishman’s Dream: The Image of Ireland and the

   Irish in American Popular Song Lyrics, 1800-1920.  Urbana: University of Illinois

   Press, 1996.  [ML/3554/W77/1996]




Eagleton, Terry. Heathcliff and the Great Hunger: Studies in Irish Culture. London:

   Verso, 1995.  [DA/925/E24/1995]


Graves, Alfred Perceval. Irish Literary and Musical Studies. Freeport, N.Y.: Books for

   Libraries Press, 1967.  [PR/8761/G7/1967]



Heaney, Seamus. Electric Light. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001. 



Joyce, James. Dubliners. New York: W. W. Norton, 2006.  [PR/6019/O9D8/2006]


Kavanagh, Patrick. The Complete Poems of Patrick Kavanagh. Collected, arranged and

   edited by Peter Kavanagh. New York: Kavanagh Hand Press, 1996. 



Keane, John B. The Bodhran Makers. NewYork: Four Walls Eight Windows, 1992. 



Tillinghast, Richard. Finding Ireland: A Poet’s Exploration of Irish Literature and

    Culture. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 2008.  



Yeats, W. B. Yeats’s Poetry, Drama, and Prose: Authoritative Texts, Contexts, Criticism.

   Selected and edited by James Pethica. New York: W. W. Norton, 2000. 





Cowdery, James R. The Melodic Tradition of Ireland. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University  

   Press, 1990.  [ML/287/C68/1990]


Huntington, Gale, ed. Sam Henry’s Song of the People. Revised by Lani Herrmann.

   Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 1990.  [M/1745.3/S35/1990]


Kennedy, Peter, ed. Folksongs of Britain and Ireland. New York: Schirmer Books, 1975. 



Shields, Hugh. Narrative Singing in Ireland: Lays, Ballads, Come-All-Yes and Other

   Songs. Blackrock, County Dublic, Ireland: Irish Academic Press, 1993. 



Northern Ireland


Adams, Gerry. A Farther Shore: Ireland’s Long Road to Peace. New York: Random

   House, 2003.  [DA/990/U46A49/2003]


Aughey, Arthur. The Politics of Northern Ireland: Beyond the Belfast Agreement.

   London: Routledge, 2005.  [DA/990/U46A86/2005]


McKay, Susan. Northern Protestants: An Unsettled People. Belfast: The Blackstaff

   Press, 2000.  [DA/990/U46M144/2000]


Millar, Frank. Northern Ireland: A Triumph of Politics: Interviews and Analysis, 1988-

    2008. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2009.  [JN/1572/A58M55/2009]


Rose, Peter. How the Troubles Came to Northern Ireland. New York: St. Martin’s Press,

   2000.  [DA/990/U46/R637/2000]


White, Robert W. Provisional Irish Republicans: An Oral and Interpretive History.

   Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1993.  [DA/959/W48/1993]


Prepared by Stephanie A. Steely, November 23, 2009