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Wherever Green is Worn: The Story of the Irish Diaspora
by Tim Pat Coogan (Goodreads Author)
The population of Ireland is five million, but 70 million call themselves Irish. Here is their story in all its richness and complexity. Tim Pat Coogan traveled around the world where green is indeed worn to talk to the people who weaved the tale of "a dream born in a herdsman's shed and the secret scriptures of the poor." Along with American presidents, best-selling autho ...more
Paperback, 768 pages
Published October 18th 2002 by St. Martin's Griffin
(first published February 1st 2000)
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A marvelous survey of the vast Irish diaspora, told in history, anecdote, personal diary, and letters from abroad to back home. While the history and presence of the Irish in the US is pretty well known, this book widens the picture and showcases Irish expats and their descendants all over the world. I read it in bits and pieces over months, but I very much enjoyed the journey.
This huge tome takes some effort to read. But I had my reasons. This is unlike any history book that I know. Imagine an Irishman in an Irish pub with Guinness in hand regaling you with gossip and stories from modern Irish history. That’s what you get here, all relating to the Irish Diaspora.
Timothy Patrick Coogan is an Irish historical writer, broadcaster and newspaper columnist. He served as editor of the Irish Press newspaper from 1968 to 1987. Today, he is best known for his popular and sometimes controversial books on aspects of modern Irish history, including The IRA, Ireland Since the Rising, On the Blanket, and biographies of Michael Collins and Éamon de Valera.More about Tim Pat Coogan...