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Operation Leprechaun Paperback – 31 Aug 2010

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Product details

  • 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)
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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.

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Oh what a tangled web we weave... is one way to sum this book up for me. The web is woven of lots of different characters many connected to Niamh, definately the women behind the man. This tale led me through Eire introducing mythology and magic. Ruairi, a leprechaun, adding an special element of Irish wit and sparkle. I also loved his dress sense and would have liked to see more of him.

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.
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This is an interesting first book from this new author and I must say is not the sort of book that I normally read. But then it is not easy to put a finger on what sort of book it is.
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.
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My favourite thing about this book is how the characters speak. The author has really got the tune and rhythm of how the Irish speak. I lived in Ireland for a few years at Uni, and it took me right back. I also did a fair bit of reading of Irish literature, so the occasional line referencing some of those books raised a knowing smile... not that you need to be familiar with irish mythology or modern literature to enjoy this. It's an easy-going read with some pretty odd characters cropping up here and there. In fact, the way a lot of the locations are described, you feel as though the author has really seen every bit of it - and then you get a bit of a surreal twist with an odd character or incident.

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.
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This is a lovely book, well written and very readable.Once I had started reading it I couldn't put it down. The personalities are engaging and the story keeps your interest. I can thoroughly recommend it as a good read.First rate!
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I was given this as a present and wasn't sure what to expect. At first I was bemused and wasn't sure where it was going, but as I continued I was able to see the skill with which the author built on his characters and plots and wove them all together.
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
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Although packed with Irish cultural references (there's a handy glossary at the back for the uninitiated) this gem of a book is a real page turner. It is like you best holiday in Ireland - full of unforgettable humour, charm, characters and places that stay with you. I laughed out loud on numerous occasions and just hope a sequel is in the offing.Genius!
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