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The Road From Castlebarnagh

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The Road from Castlebarnagh recounts the many adventures of Paddy O'Brien, Irish traditional musician, composer and collector, as a boy growing up more than half a century ago in the midlands of Ireland. Paddy grew up in a small thatched house without running water or electricity, near the village of Daingean in County Offaly. It was a time when the social life in the Iris ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published November 16th 2012 by Orpen Press
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Erin Hart
Feb 15, 2013 Erin Hart rated it it was amazing
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All right, I'm completely biased!
Feb 10, 2013 Linda added it
This is a fascinating history of mid-20th century Ireland, in terms of the personal life of a boy in a small village. I loved the detailed descriptions of the thatching of the house, his first visit to the cinema, the difficulties of running a radio on batteries, the company around the (literal) fireside, and especially the music.
The family life sounds idyllic, and they didn't seem to want for what they didn't have. Paddy gets his first accordion at the age of 12, and from then on, it's the musi
Aug 13, 2014 Luanne rated it it was amazing
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Loved this book.
I finished it and I know I will be rereading stories from this book.
Perfect book to give as gifts.
I love this book and I am not that far into it.
I plan on reading a few stories at a time.
Each story unique.
I am already recommending this book.
An audio would be great after hearing the author read a few stories.
May 11, 2013 Nina rated it it was amazing
Set a good brogue in your head and read a chapter or two every day with your cuppa tea. A thoroughly enjoyable read that's part history - growing up in rural Ireland mid-20th century, part Irish music appreciation - the patience, persistence and passion Paddy applied, and part storytelling. The only thing that would make it better would be an audio version!
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Feb 06, 2013 Jo Ann rated it it was amazing
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Paddy O’Brien is an Irish traditional musician and noted collector. In a musical career spanning more than 50 years, he has collected more than 3,000 compositions – jigs, reels, hornpipes, airs, and marches, including many rare and unusual tunes. He is a master of the two-row button accordion and received the Gradam Ceoil Traditional Composer of the Year Award in 2012. He lives in Saint Paul, Minn
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