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Another excellent book from Charlie Connelly,
This review is from: Our Man in Hibernia: Ireland, the Irish and Me (Paperback)
Despite being born and raised in London Charlie Connelly always considered himself Irish. He was aware that many generations ago his forebears were from County Cork so maybe this was the reason why he was attracted to all things Irish even though he realised that the Ireland shown in beer adverts and movies was just an idealised version which probably never existed. Now living in Dublin in his latest book he turns his attention to his adopted country and, as I have come to expect from him, he has produced a book that is funny, informative and extremely entertaining.
Although the basis of the book is about his attempts to trace his Irish roots I thought these were perhaps my least favourite parts of the book. Whilst these sections were eminently readable it was when Connelly writes about other aspects of Irish life that he really excels. Although this is not a travelogue he visits various places that have all got an interesting story to tell. In one very amusing chapter, for example, he writes about his visit to a small village called Moneygall where it had been proved that Barack Obama could trace his lineage back to. In another chapter he visits Knock, the site of a visitation by the members of the holy family many years ago and the site of countless pilgrimages ever since. In a similar vein in pays a visit to a churchyard in which a felled tree stump is thought by some to resemble the Virgin Mary but not, as it turns out, by Charlie Connelly.
Charlie Connelly is an outstanding writer. He writes with such a lightness of touch that whilst for the most part he is an amusing writer he can also be serious and extremely perceptive. I can thoroughly recommend this book.