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A Wee Taste a' Craic: All the Irish Craic from the popular Celtic Roots Radio shows, 2-25: 1 [Paperback]

Raymond McCullough
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7 Oct 2011
The Celtic Roots Radio show consists of 30 minutes of great Celtic and roots music, with commentary from Raymond on whatever topic happens to occur to him at the time – be it history, language, customs, personal anecdotes ... This book is based on the scripts from the first 25 shows and covers places such as Belfast, Down, Antrim, Armagh, Derry and Fermanagh in the north; Dublin, Cork, Cavan and Donegal in the south; plus London, Israel and China, for good measure. Other topics include: landscape; language; history; 'Buck Alec'; baking; Irish 'navvies'; European immigrants; Northern Irish humour and banter; the author's boat, 'Warrior Maid'; C.S. Lewis and other Irish writers; The Troubles; the hero Cuchulainn; Listooder; and the author's family history. Get the real flavour of Ireland and the Irish from a distinctive northern — Ulster — perspective! http://www.celticrootsradio.com

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  • Paperback: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Precious Oil Publications (7 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0952578549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0952578543
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,208,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Raymond McCullough, from Co. Down, near Belfast, Northern Ireland, has been a professional writer for over twenty years. Beginning with technical articles and reports for UK magazines, he then began publication of an Irish Christian magazine, 'Bread', from 1990-96, with his first book, 'Ireland - now the good news!' in 1995 (published in Kindle edition, May 2012); co-edited by his wife, fiction author Gerry McCullough. He has also had articles published in the Irish Times, Dublin, and the Presbyterian Herald, Belfast.

In 1993 he hosted a radio show, 'In tha Name a' Gawd!' on 96.7 BCR, in Belfast, which later developed into his current satellite radio show of music, news and faith-based interviews - broadcasting around the world on several satellite networks. From 1996, for seven years, he and Gerry led a cell-based Christian fellowship in the Belfast area - also producing an album of Celtic & Hebrew worship music, 'Into Jerusalem' (2005) and a Celtic pop-folk album, 'Different'
(2008).

In 2008, he began 'Celtic Roots Radio' - a 30-minute show of Celtic, folk, folk-rock, Breton, Galician, bluegrass, Cajun, Cape Breton, acoustic and singer/songwriter music, now broadcasting on FM, satellite, webcast and iTunes podcast to more than 100 countries around the world - with around 18,000 downloads/month via iTunes - and syndication beginning on FM stations in Ireland and beyond. In April 2009, Raymond also set up a 24/7 'Celtic Roots Radio' web station on the Live365 network, which now has a playlist of over 800 tracks, from more than 400 individual artists and bands.

His 'Kingdom Come Trust' website (kingdomcome.org.uk) has hundreds of enthusiastic emails from satellite radio listeners in US, Canada and Caribbean countries. Raymond says, "They love the Irish music and culture - although the interviewees are from many parts of the world." A second series of this show will soon be in production and will also be broadcast in Ireland.

Raymond researched the subjects in 'The Whore and her Mother' for about forty years, off and on, but the events of 9/11 brought a new focus to his research and a real sense of increasing urgency encouraged him to complete the book in just four months!

In October 2011 he published the 'craic' from his Celtic Roots Radio scripts as, 'A Wee Taste a' Craic', and is working on a TV documentary, filmed mainly in Canada, entitled, 'Broken Treaties.' Raymond recently completed production of a series of half hour broadcasts for satellite radio ('Fresh Bread: Your Kingdom Come'), based on 'The Whore and her Mother' (also available on iTunes podcast).

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About the Author

Raymond McCullough, from Co. Down, near Belfast, Northern Ireland, has been a professional writer for over twenty years, originally writing a regular series – plus other articles, reviews and reports – for several UK computing magazines.   From 1990-96 he edited and published the Irish magazine, 'Bread' – releasing his first book, ‘Ireland – now the good news!’ from this in 1995; co-edited by his wife, well-known fiction author Gerry McCullough. His articles have also been published in the Irish Times, Dublin, and the Presbyterian Herald, Belfast.   In 1993 he hosted a radio show, 'In tha Name a' Gawd!' on 96.7 BCR, in Belfast, which later developed into his current satellite radio show of music, news and faith-based interviews – broadcasting around the world on several satellite networks. Since then he’s been involved in media of all kinds – from web design to podcasting, satellite and internet radio, plus documentary TV production – producing two albums of Celtic music, 'Into Jerusalem,' in 2005 and a Celtic pop-folk EP, 'Different,' in 2008. In September 2008, Raymond began producing and hosting ‘Celtic Roots Radio’ – an iTunes podcast and web station (on Live365) – with around 7,000 downloads per show in more than 100 countries. He also produces and hosts the ‘In tha Name a’ Gawd!’ series and 'Fresh Bread' – broadcasting each week on several satellite radio networks heard in most countries of the world. Raymond is currently working on a TV documentary, filmed mainly in Canada, entitled, 'Broken Treaties.' More info at: http://raymondmccullough.com http://celticrootsradio.com http://preciousoil.com

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5.0 out of 5 stars Irish humour at it's best 6 Sep 2012
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I have just finished this lovely book. The song *If you're Irish come into the parlour* comes to mind .... Two chairs either side of a roaring peat fire. Seated on one side Raymond McCullough and me on the other just listening as he tells his tales of old Ireland and his ancestry. William Allingham who wrote many poems including The Fairies is purported to be part of his family tree. An Irish tale maybe? No I don't think so.

As I worked my way through the book which is interspersed with various photographs of Ireland I laughed along with Raymond as he related the funny and at times unusual Irish expressions such as.... "You may not be wrong but I know I'm right" or "Yer looking awfully well,are ye sick?" and "Yer funny but yer face bates ye."

He also touches on the history of Ireland and the recent troubles which is all done in a very light hearted way.

My roots are steeped in Ireland of which I'm proud. Equally so is Raymond McCullough who is a man of many talents and writing being just one.

I completely recommend A Wee Taste a Craic which can easily be read in bite sized chunks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Colourful slice of Irish Life 17 Mar 2012
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I absolutely loved this! I found it to be very informative about Irish life culture, language and traditions.

Raymond McCullough comes across as a man who is immensely proud of his Ulster heritage and very down to earth. I have not had the privilege of hearing any of his radio broadcasts but this is a matter I intend to rectify.

A wonderfully educational - without being patronising - book well worth your time and money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wee taste a' craic 21 Feb 2012
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Providing a unique insight into the Northern Irish people & their self deprecating sense of humour this little book is essentially a fun read with a chuckle on every page. With no false pretensions it does exactly what it says on the tin or as we say "it's stickin out".

I am looking forward to the sequel already.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All the fun of the Irish 9 Oct 2011
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If you're Irish, have Irish roots somewhere in the dim and distant past, or just love Irish things, then you won't want to miss this book. Personal, funny, light-hearted and enjoyable - those are just a few of the descriptions which spring to mind. A short collection of anecdotes from the hugely popular Celtic Roots Radio podcasts, they reflect the author's omnivorous enjoyment of life, and his interest in the meanings and derivations of familiar Irish sayings and attitudes, with a lot of history and geography mixed in. To read it is to feel that you're sitting down and enjoying a 'bit of craic' with an old and valued and very amusing friend. A book to pick up and read when you want cheered up, to carry in your pocket and read when you have a few spare moments, and one which will make you want to book your seat on the next flight to Ireland - except that it will make you feel you're already there! Read it and enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Irish humour at it's best 6 Sep 2012
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I have just finished this lovely book. The song *If you're Irish come into the parlour* comes to mind .... Two chairs either side of a roaring peat fire. Seated on one side Raymond McCullough and me on the other just listening as he tells his tales of old Ireland and his ancestry. William Allingham who wrote many poems including The Fairies is purported to be part of his family tree. An Irish tale maybe? No I don't think so.

As I worked my way through the book which is interspersed with various photographs of Ireland I laughed along with Raymond as he related the funny and at times unusual Irish expressions such as.... "You may not be wrong but I know I'm right" or "Yer looking awfully well,are ye sick?" and "Yer funny but yer face bates ye."

He also touches on the history of Ireland and the recent troubles which is all done in a very light hearted way.

My roots are steeped in Ireland of which I'm proud. Equally so is Raymond McCullough who is a man of many talents and writing being just one.

I completely recommend A Wee Taste a Craic which can easily be read in bite sized chunks.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Colourful slice of Irish Life 17 Mar 2012
By Elinor Carlisle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I absolutely loved this! I found it to be very informative about Irish life culture, language and traditions.

Raymond McCullough comes across as a man who is immensely proud of his Ulster heritage and very down to earth. I have not had the privilege of hearing any of his radio broadcasts but this is a matter I intend to rectify.

A wonderfully educational - without being patronising - book well worth your time and money.
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