It’s St.Patrick’s Day on Saturday!

Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, cèilidhs, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.

Saint Patrick was a fifth-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Known as the “Apostle of Ireland”, he is the primary patron saint of Ireland, along with saints Brigit of Kildare and Columba.

To celebrate we’ve had a trawl through our stock and found some gems for your perusal, whether it’s traditional Irish cooking, a good movie, travelling to the golden isle or indulging in its literature, there’s a whole host of resources to indulge in! (just click on the links to access our catalogue)

Cookery

Real Irish Food: 150 classic recipes from the old country [E-book] by David BOWERS
Published by Skyhorse Pub. (2012)

Traditional Irish Cooking; the fare of Old Ireland and its history [E-book] by G. GRAVETTE and Debbie COOK
Published by Garnet Pub. (2008)

Travel

Ireland 9th ed. [Book] by David DAVENPORTCatherine LE NEVEZEtain O’CARROLL ET AL
Published by Lonely Planet (2010)

Dublin 9th ed. [Book] by Fionn DAVENPORT
Published by Lonely Planet (2013)

Literature

The Oxford Companion to Irish Literature [Book] by Robert WELCH (ed) and Bruce STEWART (ed)
Published by Clarendon Press (1996)

 

The Complete Dramatic Works [Book] by Samuel BECKETT
Published by Faber & Faber (1990)

 

The Yeats Reader: a portable compendium of poetry, drama and prose rev ed. [Book] by William Butler YEATS and Richard FINNERAN (ed)
Published by Palgrave Macmillan (2002)

 

 

DVD

My Left Foot (1989) Directed by Jim SHERIDAN
A biographical drama film starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Ray McAnally and Fiona Shaw. It tells the story of Christy Brown (Day-Lewis), an Irishman born with cerebral palsy, who could control only his left foot. Brown grew up in a poor working-class family, and became a writer and artist.

 

The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006) Directed by Ken LOACH
Starring Cillian Murphy, Liam Cunningham, William Ruane, Padraic Delaney, Orla Fitzgerald. Set in Cork, Ireland in 1920, Damien abandons a career as a doctor after seeing a friend of his murdered by a British soldier and joins his brother Teddy in an Irish Republican Army unit in order to defeat the occupying British force. After a violent struggle, the two sides agree a treaty to end the conflict. However, civil war erupts and families and friendships are stretched to the limit and Damien and Teddy find themselves on opposing sides as Damien views the treaty as a sell-out that fails to bring all of Ireland under Irish control.

Streamed Video

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar WILDE
BBC 2 (2001)
Comedy. Set in 1890s England, a comedy of mistaken identity ensues when two gentlemen friends (Rupert Everett and Colin Firth) use the same alias for their own ends.

Find much much more Irish-related content more here!

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SUBJECT GUIDES – NEW EXPANDED SECTION NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!

We’ve been hard at work expanding our Subject Guides section on our website to now include over 40+ tailor-made pages that cover everything from Animation to Child Care, Drama to Mathematics, Media Studies to Public Services and much more!

On each page you’ll find lists of subject-relevant books, e-books, magazines, DVDs, streamed video (on our media player, ClickView), external websites and links to extremely useful study help sites.

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Hopefully you’ll find everything you need, however if we have missed out a subject or a particular excellent website, please feel free to contact us and we’ll include it in our ever-expanding list, it’s an organic thing!

Why not take a look for yourself and discover something new?

Much Ado About Something! – Digital Theatre Plus

MuchAdoPicDigital Theatre Plus is a new e-resource the college library has recently subscribed to. It is a collection of streamed videos of theatre productions from the West End and Broadway, free to watch for all NWHC staff and learners!

I have just enjoyed watching a trailer from Much Ado About Nothing staring Catherine Tate and David Tennant. So funny!!

Although I haven’t time to watch the full production here at college  – the good news is… I can watch it on my iPad or laptop at home on the Digital Theatre Plus website.

This is an amazing resource for students and tutors. There are a variety of curriculum based theatre productions which are supported by study guides, teaching resources and interviews with cast and production teams.

The productions include several Shakespeare plays (e.g. Macbeth), From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, Private Lives by Noel Coward and many more.

Simply go to Digital Theatre Plus, no password needed on campus. To use it off campus ask the library for a username and password.

More information on this resource can be found at here. Follow the links to take a look yourself – I hope you’ll be as impressed as I am!