Through Irish Eyes: A Visual Companion to Angela McCourt's Ireland
Angela's Ashes is one of the greatest memoirs of our age, as author Frank McCourt recounts a childhood of poverty and pain in Limerick, Ireland, during the 1930s and '40s. Since its release in 1996, readers have longed to know this world better, and it is with the publication of Through Irish Eyes: A Visual Companion to Angela McCourt’s Ireland, that they can see firsthand just how the other half lived.
Through a beautifully curated collection of archival photographs presented alongside detailed captions and literary quotes, Through Irish Eyes shows us a world that few who did not live it have ever known. Here we see the beautiful and rugged landscape of the countryside juxtaposed with the darkness of urban poverty in the city's underside. We are shown a way of life that no longer exists, but is forever captured in these unsentimental images of the Irish way, its people and their struggles, and their small and hard-wrought joys. In the foreword by Malachy McCourt, author of the acclaimed memoir A Monk Swimming, we are given a rare glimpse into the warms hearts that beats in an often cruel and cold world.
About the Author:
Foreword contributor and bestselling author Malacy McCourt was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Angela McCourt. From the age of three he was raised in Limerick, Ireland. In the early seventies he was a radio talk show host in New York City and frequent guest on national television in America. He is the recipient of awards from various organizations, such as New York Magazine (Best of New York Award), Turning Point Inc. (Humanitarian Award), World of Hibernia (Super Irish Award), Irish America Magazine (Top 100 Irish Award), NYCLU (Florida Lasker Civil Liberties Award), His articles have been published in periodicals including New York Newsday, National Geographic, Conscience Magazine, and The New York Times. He coauthored the play A Couple of Blaguards with his brother, Frank McCourt. He is the author of more than ten books, including The New York Times bestselling, A Monk Swimming (Hyperion/1999), as well as, Singing My Him Song (HarperCollins/2001); Running Press has published four of his books on various historical subjects: Danny Boy (2001), The Claddagh Ring (2003), Voices of Ireland (2004), Malachy McCourt’s History of Ireland (2008). In the works is I Never Drink When I’m Sober (HarperCollins). His column, "Sez I to Myself," appears regularly in the New York City newspapers Manhattan Spirit, The Westsider, and Our Town. He lives in New York with his wife of forty years, Diane.