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An Untilled Field by Dennis Carey

IRISH SPECTRUM RADIO REVIEW

‘An Untilled Field’ is set in the late 1800′s and skilfully weaves accounts of simultaneous lives in the west of Ireland and in London. A common theme is the hardship encountered by those trying to survive in testing times.  As the plots unfold, with the tenacity of the main characters coming alive on the page, the author succeeds in eliciting empathy for those afflicted by ruthlessness and exploitation.  The main protagonists are not one dimensional, whilst the struggles of tenant farmers to hold onto their land is unequal, some are not prepared to accept their fate without a flight back.  The past of some of the characters, such as the villainous land agent, is only hinted at, leaving something to the imagination of the reader. The backdrop of life in the Victorian era for differing classes is well observed.  There is no attempt to over-sentimentalise conditions, yet the serious topic is relieved by some lighter moments – bare knuckle fighter Bernie’s wry sense of humour is an example. This book is clearly well researched and gives an insight into the everyday fortunes of those in rural Ireland and in London.
  

Heal's Design Ireland Event

Designer Furniture store Heal’s,Tottenham Court Road, are working with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland bringing together a range of products designed and made in Ireland.  Between 7th and 27th March exceptional examples of traditional and contemporary craftmanship will be showcased with opportunities to meet the designers. This celebration of Irish identity and creativity highlights the beauty and quality of the output of industries active in Ireland.  Participants include those from counties Dublin, Carlow, Kilkenny, Donegal and Meath. Amongst featured brands are ceramics by Arran Street East, Banbury wooden chopping boards, John Hanley & Company’s scarves and throws in wool and cashmere, Rathborne’s candles and pieces from Vivien Walsh’s jewellery collection. At Heal’s, perhaps you’ll find inspiration for a spring makeover with an Irish influence or a gift for St Patrick’s Day. Visit dccoi.ie/heals for more details on Design Ireland at Heal’s running between 7th and 27th March.

Ireland's Call The Musical

NOBLE, an award winning film, is the story of inspirational Dubliner, Christina Noble. Christina overcomes her own background of adversity to set up her foundation in Vietnam and Mongolia.  To date, her welfare organisation has helped 700,000 street children. Learn more at: www.cncf.org. The film is on general release in the UK on 12th February.
NOBLE, an award winning film, is the story of inspirational Dubliner, Christina Noble. Christina overcomes her own background of adversity to set up her foundation in Vietnam and Mongolia.  To date, her welfare organisation has helped 700,000 street children. Learn more at: www.cncf.org. The film is on general release in the UK on 12th February.
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