- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Fisher King Publishing (31 Aug. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1906377170
- ISBN-13: 978-1906377175
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,139,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Operation Leprechaun Paperback – 31 Aug 2010
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About the Author
Bernard McGrath is from Ireland is married with one child. He is a teacher of Geography at St John Fisher Catholic High School, Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Claims to Fame: Nearly related to Michael Collins... My uncle John White of Gowna was related to the Kiernan s of Granard, who in turn are related to Kitty Kiernan, who was Mick Collin s fiancé. Unfortunately for me events in County Cork put paid to the claim to be actually related to Michael Collins. Spoke to Ralph Fiennes in a toilet... met him in the toilet at The Irish Post Community Awards function in a London Hotel, spoke to him, but evidently overawed he said nothing back. He also met Dervla Kirwin... At the same function as Ralph Fiennes (not in the toilet) and had a similar effect on her powers of speech. How I met Mary O Rourke when she was Minister for Education... When I was Education Officer for the Federation of Irish Societies, I wanted to meet the Minister as part of our visit to the Irish Government. The Irish Embassy in London fixed everything up apart from Mary O Rourke. No way was she available! A country and western band manager we met up with in The Greville Arms Hotel in Granard managed to achieve what the Embassy and Irish Department of Education couldn t. Got to shake the Presidents hand... When Mary Robinson was An Uachtaran she came on a semi-official visit to different Irish Centres in Britain, got to meet her in Leeds Irish centre. Not to be outdone, Mary McAleese did a similar thing and I met her too.
Top Customer Reviews
The very concept of government being influenced by the little people, although initially sounding far-fetched, would explain a few things and actually seemed very logical in the end ..perhaps the author has hit on something!!
To sum up this book brought laughter and light into a dull January day and that has got to be a good thing.
It is not a fantasy story, it is not an out and out comedy, it is not a political satire.
I suppose it is a sort of Irish political, comedy, mystery adventure with Leprechauns.
What we have here is an original and quirky romp around Ireland in the company of a motley bunch of characters with many a nod, wink and sly poke at Irish history and politics and religion.
The main characters are the men, or at least they think they are the main protagonists. But very much in the tradition of the Irish family it is the women who are the heroes and the women who have to sort out the mess.
This book is deceptively light in the way it moves along but in fact I was impressed with how well researched it is, from the historical, religious, political and cultural references to the geographical meanderings, which are so detailed that they can be tracked on Google Earth.
It will be very interesting to see what the author come up with next.
The style could do with a touch more polish... but then I am a very demanding reader in that respect. I was trying to think how to categorise or compare to another author and couldn't really think of one; that is no bad thing as you get too much these days that is very much "more of the same." Overall, light-hearted fun.
It captures some of the Irish character in being able to be serious, and laugh at, the same situation and find unusual answer to all of life's problems.
The ending leaves room for a follow up
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A really different book from an author I had not encountered before. A combination of fantasy and politics it spins a tangled tale which is entertaining and funny. Read morePublished on 3 July 2012 by J Sharpe
Yes bernie mate hows the book going, hope your next book Mission Improbable, hope it doesnt take too much time out of you teaching us your class from G6.Published on 5 Dec. 2011 by WOOLLEY
Fast-paced, colourful and highly original. A book with a bit of everything I like: history, religion, Irish mythology. It's a 'different' kind of book in the best possible way. Read morePublished on 16 Nov. 2011 by Mary