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All Things Irish by Michael Loynd
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My inspiration for ALL THINGS IRISH came from my wife, who worked one holiday season at this wonderful little Irish shop and came home each night with the most entertaining, laugh-out-loud, put-a-smile-on-your-face stories. This O'merican subculture was so fun, I couldn't wait each night to hear the latest. The women who worked there were a bewitching, tight-knit cast of characters unto themselves, both strong and hilarious, who lived and breathed all things Irish. Then I recalled another peculiar Irish shop from summers I spent in Door County. I remembered it as this quaint, but out-of-place outpost in the middle of this Wisconsin hinterland renown for its rich Scandinavian heritage of fishboils and goats that graze on Swedish sod-covered roofs! My goal is not to create a literary masterpiece, but share my love and laughter of this marvelously fun culture clash and the great people who bring it to life, to entertain you with a fast light read, make you laugh, wrap you in the wonderful world of Door County and Irishness, and leave you with a smile on your face when you finish. I hope I've succeeded and apologize for my shortcomings. Many good wishes! And as the Irish say, Cead Mile Failte (100,000 Welcomes).
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Anduine Dia duit Michael,

couldn't resist commenting on your own book comment. I stumbled over this little literary gem quite by mistake (I was looking for a wedding present for my son to go along with his irish honey moon) and I just wanted to let you know that you quite succeded in your ambition of leaving people with a smile after finishing your book - at least it left me this way, as a matter of fact was such a fun an entertaining read that I could not put it down and read it all in one go. And to find out that the shop is based on a "true story" makes it even more charming. Many go raibh maith agat to your wife who inspired you, hope to read more from you soon

Slán agat and Go n-éirí do bóthar leat

Anduine - who btw lives in Germany surrounded by many leprechauns dressed in red, and who never taints her beer by colouring it green ;-)


Michael Loynd Anduine--
Thank you so much for your wonderful note. You are so sweet. You put a smile on my face. :-) So glad you enjoyed it! And I'm impressed with your Gaelic. You are too fun! Maith thu! Many good wishes to you--and for your son's wedding.

Best,
Michael


Anduine Michael

thank you, for the compliment on my Gaelic, actually I write it far better than speaking it (but speaking it improves after a few pints of Guiness)but as the Irish would say "Is fearr Gaeilge briste, na Bearla cliste - iss far gale-geh brishteh naw bear-elh clish-teh :-)"
(Broken Irish is better than clever English - one of the first phrases I learned).
I will relate the good wishes to my son of course, actually I am sure that he will like your book as well. Already recommended it to my friends both here and on facebook and some already marked it down as "to-read"

as for now,
Slán agus beannacht leat

Anduine


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