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This is the story of a young boy growing up in the West Kerry Gaeltacht in the 1940s and 1950s. It describes the fun and games of his schooldays, his accordion playing for ceilis as a teenager, his emigration to London unknown to his parents, his meeting up with his brother and working there, his further emigration to Chicago and his marriage and eventual return to Ireland. Maidhc Dainin describes how the musicians he played with in Chicago lost their hearts and minds in the music. He describes piano playing, accordion playing and fiddle playing and the music (and the craic!) is resonant from his descriptions. Maidhc Dainin's Irish is colloquial, conversational and without any airs and graces.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781856355506
ISBN-10: 1856355500
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 18mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: The Mercier Press Ltd
Publisher: The Mercier Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: Ireland

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Author Biography - Maidhc Dainin O Se

A man of many talents, Maidhc Dainin O Se is a well-known author in his native Irish language, with eleven books published. In the 1950s Maidhc moved to England then settled in Chicago where during his ten years there he met and played music with many of the great traditional Irish musicians who lived there at that time. He now lives in Kerry with his wife and family. Gabriel Fitzmaurice was born in 1952 in the village of Moyvane, Co. Kerry, where he still lives. He is the author of more than forty books including I'm Proud to be Me, and The Boghole Boys. He has been described as 'one of Ireland's favourite poets' and has also translated from the Irish language both Ventry Calling and Poems from the Irish.