by Patricia Grandjean
Mar 7, 2011
03:56 PMBox Office
The Irish Urge
What happens when a Connecticut man feels the strong pull of his ancestors' Irish homeland - so strong that he uproots his family (wife and three kids) from its comfortable Litchfield Hills existence, flies them across the ocean and plunks them all down to find a new life in the middle of what turns out to be the wildest boom-and-bust economic cycle in Ireland's history?
That's the somewhat meandering question answered in David Monagan's delightfully meandering new book, Ireland Unhinged, released this month just in time for St. Patrick's Day. While describing the many pleasures and travails he and his family find in modern-day Ireland, Monagan also actively seeks out the Old Ireland - the people, customs and rocky, peat-scented hillsides that first fired his imagination and made him yearn for "home." This search takes him to fishing villages, farms, an interview with novelist J.P. Dunleavey, another interview with a witch and on repeated journeys around his adopted home of Cork in hopes of finding the perfect country cottage.
Did he find one? Ask him yourself at one of his Connecticut appearances in support of the book: March 11 at R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, March 12 at The Local Public House in Waterbury and March 13 at the Hickory Stick Book Shop in Washington Depot.The Irish Urge