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The Wearing of the Green: History of St Patrick's Day
This lively and ambitious book explores the whole range of St Patrick's Day celebrations, from parades to plastic leprechauns, within a historical and contemporary context.
Published February 1st 2006 by Routledge
(first published December 28th 2001)
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An absolutely invaluable resource for anyone who wants to explore the history and politics of St. Patrick's Day. Taking significant historical periods and events as loci, Cronin and Adair trace the transformations and instrumentalisations of the feast day of St. Patrick in Ireland, Canada, Australia, Britain and the US. I longed for a little more oral history, a greater sense of the communities that freely give their time and energy to these events alongside the more weighty political and econom ...more