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Irish Gold

(Nuala Anne McGrail #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,201 ratings  ·  83 reviews
Bestselling novelist Andrew M. Greeley outdoes his previous triumphs with Irish Gold, a contemporary, fresh and exciting novel of suspense and love. Nuala Anne McGrail, a student at Dublin's Trinity College, is beautiful the way a Celtic goddess is beautiful - not that Dermot Michael Coyne of Chicago has ever seen one of those in his twenty-five years - unless you count ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published September 15th 1995 by Forge Books (first published 1994)
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Junkie for the Written Word
Sure, and didn’t I start out not liking this book at all, at all? And didn’t I just say to meself, “If this writer uses ‘scatology’ or ‘shy child’ again I’m going to lose me mind?” And wasn’t it me who thought, “This Dermot Michael and this Nuala Anne, aren’t they just the focking eejits and I might be about bashing his brains in with a poker and stuffing her face with rags to slow the gobshite were they truly alive, alive.” Wasn’t the Irish history lesson in the beginning a bit drier than those ...more
Oct 01, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those interested in Irish history, mystery, and a little bit of a love story
Shelves: irish, mystery
I may not put Andrew M. Greeley at the top of my list of favorite authors if I don't have one of his books in my hand, but I always remember why I love his books so much when I'm actually reading one. They're very charming, and they make me want to walk around talking in Irish slang and saying things like, "Go along with ye," and "And aren't you a terrible gobshite altogether?". (I've only read the Nuala Anne books so far.) I had the added bonus of reading this book on a plane back from the west ...more
I am reluctantly drawn to this series. This is the first in the series and I’m only getting this first book after reading a few others. As the series goes on, Greeley’s worship of the Irish and the representation of God’s love in a man and woman’s relationship (thinly veiled as the sexual relationship), gets a bit cloying and bit too much at times.

It was these recollections and feelings that made me almost want to skip this book and I wondered why I decided to request it from the library to
Jun 23, 2009 rated it liked it
This is the first of the Nuala Anne series and Greeley is just getting warmed up. I enjoyed this novel in two layers. I finally was able to read the story of how Nuala and Dermot met and fell in love which was good - like coming full circle in getting to know a friend. The second layer I enjoyed was Greeley (fictionally) solving the murder of Michael Collins. The history included in the book and the way Greeley retold it through the eyes of Dermot's grandparents was really interesting. This was ...more
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I cannot gush enough, about how much I adore this book!

this was my 3rd time reading it! The first time, I was in High School!

Father Greeley spins a tale so extraordinary, you feel like you are right in the book. As if you are indeed one of the characters.

He creates people that are easy to relate to, to understand.

From the very start, it's easy to fall in love with the people of Ireland and their plight.

This story is as much a love story, as it is a mystery. Not just a romance novel, but a love
Sarah Korhnak
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
The best part of this book is the Irish lingo and way of speaking. I loved the sing-song melody of the Irish way of speaking. The downside to this book is that the mystery was a bit too complicated, too many extra people and agendas. The other thing that I just couldn't get past, and why I won't be reading more in this series . . . . Dermot (one of the main characters) is constantly thinking about Nuala's (the other main character) breasts, and it gets to be way too much. I don't mind a little ...more
Joy Gerbode
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is difficult for me to rate. Both the mystery, and the romance, seem to be hidden behind so much Irish history I couldn't absorb it all ... and it is not so much historical fiction, as it is historical speculation, for so much of this is not genuine Irish history. (at least not recorded so ... I guess it MIGHT have happened this way). There is a lot to ponder, and I think it is rather well written. I, however, found it a bit tedious and not a favorite.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: on-hand
This is possibly the most poorly edited book I've ever read, which distracted from it for me. That said, a couple of the storylines kept me reading. The history of The Troubles - and the country's history in general - is so very complicated I don't think I'll ever understand it, so that part of this book was difficult for me to follow and keep track of who was on which side. Still, it was an interesting weaving together of historical data and fiction.
Mary Brown
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. The interaction of the two main characters is funny and interesting. However, it's easy to get confused about all the people and action of the Troubles surrounding the story. This book did not leave me breathless and amazed about Ireland as did Trinity by Leon Uris, but it was fun to read.
Linda Shea
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a re-read as I had first read this back when it first came out in 1994 and I enjoyed it now just as I enjoyed it then. I like the playful banter between Dermot and Nuala and how the author talks about places in Ireland and Irish history, which I can Google now to learn more. Now on to book 2....
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I felt like this book was kind of slow. There was too much of the characters sitting down and talking about history. There are more creative ways to include that in the story. I also would have liked for the references to Irish history to make at least some sense to people not from Ireland. Other than that, the characters were good and the plot was good.
Michael Parish
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heavy on the history for my romantic tastes.

I felt the author was redundant and his telling of the history of the troubles. But he did pull it all together in the end and the romance made it all worth it.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I usually like Greeley’s writing, but this one had a little too many lectures and too many repeats. How many times does the reader need to be reminded that Irish women are smarter than men who are “eejits”. Pretty good plot
Mike Glaser
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Found the first book in the series and enjoyed it. It was good to get the backstory on the characters and find out how they came to be. Plus it helped me to add some spots to see on our next trip to Ireland.
Vickie Garner
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Ir was a well written story and the monologue was very clever. You will never be able to figure the historical plot as it has so many complications and characters. The only draw back for me was it was about 2/3 romance.
Aug 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
very slow starting out got little better.
Lois A., McGuire
Fabulous yarn

Excellent story combined with the history of Ireland. Plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing. The romance was indispensable to the story.
Beatrice M
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
read awhile ago loved it
Diana Moesinger
I was uncomfortable with the scatalogical words used in first chapter. Just couldn't continue. Really do young ladies honestly talk like that in Ireland?
Bridgette Redman
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
The stories of our lives not only make us who we are but they often compel us to do things which will change who we will become.

In Father Andrew Greeley’s Irish Gold, the stories of the past prove to be life changing for the descendants of long-ago heroes. Greeley introduces us to Dermot Coyne and Nuala Anne McGrail. The former is an 25-year-old Irish-American dilettante who is in Ireland looking for inspiration and researching his grandparents’ past. Nuala is a 19-year-old student who
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A series read. Interesting location, interesting people, terrific story. Location: Ireland with extended family in USA. Interesting people: Irish Catholic family story including grandparents, parents, children. Story: a bit of history, a bit of family, a bit of love.
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I must say that I enjoy the Nula Anne Mysteries. I can also say that I DO always remember why I love this series of his books so much when I'm actually reading one. They're very charming, and they make me want to walk around talking in Irish slang and saying things like, "Go along with ye," and "And aren't you a terrible gobshite altogether?. Though I may not put all of Andrew M. Greeley at the top of my list of favorite authors I love Nula Anne and Dermot.

Nuala Anne, the Irish main character
My new favourite Irish historical fiction author, this time adding romance to the mix. Yes, Irish-American priest and sociologist Father Andrew Greeley is truly a master of the human heart. Much less dry than Edward Rutherford and lots less filler, so not a chore to get through. Also, takes place in this era; dealt mostly with the Troubles. I have learned lots about my Irish history. His writing actually reminds me of Susan Conant's. Intellectual and warm, yet truly a wonderful bit of escapism ...more
Jan 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
I finished this book last night. I throughly enjoyed it! This book is the first in a series. I read the 4th book first, called Irish Mist, and liked it, so was glad to find out it was a series. I have since bought the first and second books. The books are written in the first person, the narrator being a 25 year old handsome, catholic, Irish-American, who is visiting Ireland, in search of answers to some family secrets. I don't want to say much more about the plot, except that I find the ...more
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I was disappointed in this book. I enjoy mysteries and Irish culture so was hoping this would be a perfect combination. The mystery didn't really hook me until chapter 21 and I found the protagonist annoying. His constant references to Nuala as a "shy child" were frequent and condescending despite his explanation for his use of the phrase and reference to himself as a shy child. I think his history was suppose to explain his patronizing tendencies, but it didn't work for me. I am guessing that ...more
Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Terrie Lynn Gelman
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Honestly.....I didn't like it and didn't finish it. I don't why I keep attempting to read "love story" type books. I simply do not like them at all.....none......not at all. I gave this one a shot. Thought it might be a bit different because it talks about some history will be used in the stories. Then it starts out with the guy an gal stuff. I is probably darn good if I would stick with it....but alas, I am not. The sad part? I have most of the rest of the books of this series ...more
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
I read quite a few Andrew Greeley books in the 80's and then one day, I was just done with him. To be fair, he wasn't the only prolific author I tired of: James Michener, Irving Stone & then later Steven King also come to mind.

Anyhow, I felt like after a 25 year break, maybe I would enjoy Andrew Greeley again, but it turns out I'm still over him. The main thing I'm over is the obsession with repressed sexuality that only comes with being celibate or a teenager. His books feel like a case of
Dec 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I've truly liked the books of this series. There are some mystical elements that are a bit strange, but the characters are interesting and have mostly good morals. All in all, these are good mysteries. They are written well also although I was surprised at the level of eroticism considering the series is by a priest.
In each book,the couple solves at least one older often ancient mystery and a current-time mystery that are slightly connected as well as work through a crisis in their relationship
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
SPECTACULAR!! My Mother 1st bought this book and then gave it to me. My Mother has since passed away and I have read this book well over 5 times and will go to it when I need to feel close to her. I have also traveled to the United Kingdom several times and IRELAND taking this book along with me on my journey. The original book has been read and traveled so many times, that I had to buy a new one and 'retire' the original to a special place in my home. I highly recommend this and all of the ...more
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Andrew Greeley was a Roman Catholic priest, sociologist, journalist, and author of 50 best-selling novels and more than 100 works of nonfiction. For decades, Greeley entertained readers with such popular characters as the mystery-solving priest Blackie Ryan and the fey, amateur sleuth Nuala Anne McGrail. His books typically center on Irish-American Roman Catholics living or working in Chicago.


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