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Forever Green

FOREVER GREEN: Ireland Now & Again

Chosen as TRAVEL-ESSAY HONORABLE MENTION for BOOK-OF-THE-YEAR by FOREWORD MAGAZINE

Forever Green: Ireland Now & Again features an introduction by the noted Irish-American artist Edmund Sullivan, while one of Mr. Sullivan’s wonderful west-of-Ireland paintings graces its front cover. The book is a thoughtful blend of history, travelogue, literature, essay, memoir and poetry that is Irish through and through. I like to think of it as ‘Irish stew’ for the heart and soul. If your local bookseller does not have it on the shelf, ask them to order you a copy or two. Your request should be in-stock in less than a week. The book makes a great gift for anyone going to or having recently visited Ireland. You may also order a copy through this website or on-line from any number of other reliable book distributors. I thank you in advance for your support of my writing and for letting your friends know about this new title. God bless and all the best, always, Cathal Liam

 

 

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING…

“A native of Ireland or a person of Irish descent will identify with the feelings and ideas explored by Cathal Liam in Forever Green. For the rest of us, the events in Ireland may be a mystery. Liam provides us with a concise background to help unravel the confusion and opens a window for understanding. He give us the bones rather than a complete skeleton. With a few colorful insertions to make Ireland more appealing and seductive, this collection of short descriptions and explanations attempts to examine some of the historical events that have led to the violence in Northern Ireland. In Liam’s subtle effort to encourage a sane political solution, he has borrowed for others and himself to include brief tales and descriptions, poems, and commentaries. He refers to the Easter Rebellion of 1916 and the Good Friday Peace Accord in 1998 as climactic moments in the process linking the urges for independence and the cries for peace. He recalls the violent deaths of Irish leaders Patrick Henry Pearse, Robert Emmet, and Michael Collins in these pleadings. But if you wish to digress from the political controversies, Liam has not forgotten the beautiful and lush green Irish countryside nor, for that matter, the Irish pubs for which he has included a comprehensive survey. For a trip focusing on the pubs, follow his itinerary. As the Irish say, Slainte! Or as the Bostonians say, Cheers!” Nancy Dunham, OHIOana Quarterly (Columbus, OH), Volume XLVII, Number 1, Spring, 2004

“In contrast to Liam’s superb debut novel, Consumed In Freedom’s Flame, his latest work is a collection of non-fiction essays and poems examining an eclectic range of Irish issues. From a vastly diverse range of fasinating tales – such as how Saint Valentine’s remains came to be residing in an obscure Dublin church – to essays on Ireland’s past, present and presumed future, Forever Green is as educational as it is entertaining. The author’s obvious passion for his subject matter, vast knowledge of Irish esoterica and innate ability to spin a yarn with the effortless talent of an Irish seanchai (storyteller), make for an easy read filled with wry humor and the keen observations of one who retains his objectivity despite his intimate familiarity and immersion in the Irish culture. Although I did not have the luxury myself, the collection is – as the author says himself – an ideal book for picking up and reading for a few minutes each day, for contained within its pages are a unique and enthralling take on the essence of the Emerald Isle.” Joe Kavanagh, Irish Connections (New York, NY), Winter (Vol. 4/No. 5), 2003

“Cathal Liam is an entertaining writer who moves from political commentary to poetry to storytelling and back again, all in the same book! This is a wonderful, rollicking and passionate journey through the soul of Ireland and Irish-America.” Terry Golway, author of Irish Rebel: John Devoy and America’s Fight for Ireland’s Freedom; For The Cause Of Liberty: A Thousand Years of Ireland’s Heroes & the new, best-selling So Others Might Live: A History of New York’s Bravest–The FDNY from 1700 to the Present

“With his deft prose and deep knowledge of Ireland – then and now – Cathal Liam has captured the evolving face of 20th-century Irish politics, history, and culture, as well as the isle’s collective persona. His ability to relate the past to the present in Forever Green: Ireland Now & Again makes this book a must for anyone interested in not only Ireland’s past and present, but also its future. An engrossing and entertaining work.” Peter F. Stevens, Editor of The Boston Irish Reporter & author of The Voyage Of The Catalpa: A Perilous Journey and Six Irish Rebels’ Escape to Freedom

“The dream of a free and united Ireland continues to haunt the Irish at home, as well as expatriates such as this Cincinnati author. Bookended by the 1916 rebellion and the Good Friday accord of 1998, this collection of anecdotes, travel narratives, Irish poetry and excerpts from Liam’s novel Consumed in Freedom’s Flame is a reminder of the difficulty in bringing peace to a land rife with distrust.” Rob Stout, The Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, OH), June 3, 2003

“Subtitled ‘Ireland Now & Again’, Cathal Liam’s [new] book looks both backwards and forwards, back to an Ireland of heroic rebellion and sectarian strife, an Ireland of turf fires and traditional values, and forward to an Ireland where old shops have been replaced by ‘plastic’ pubs, where co-operation between the two factions in the North may eventually lead to the full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement. The collection of essays and poems would seem to be aimed primarily at an Irish American audience, and Mr. Liam does a good job in explaining the ongoing difficulties with the peace process. His choice of words in describing the British colonization of Ireland, however, give some idea of the basis of his political beliefs. He talks of life in Ireland at the turn of the 20th century ‘with the ever-present threat of the Stranger’s lash lurking overhead’. In an extract from his historical novel, Consumed In Freedom’s Flame, his young hero Aran Roe O’Neill is ‘outraged and incensed at the Saxon Stranger’s seven-hundred-year-plus dominance of his homeland’. However he has a commendable grasp of the events of the past five years in the North as well as an obvious love for Ireland which emerges in his descriptions of Galway city, of Croagh Patrick and of a day on the bog in the Irish midlands.” Pauline Ferrie, The Irish Emigrant (Galway, Ireland), June, 2003

“Cincinnati-based author Cathal Liam follows up his novel, Consumed In Freedom’s Flame, with his collection of commentaries on Ireland’s progress through the 20th century from 1916 up to the Good Friday agreement. Subtitled Ireland Now & Again, Liam’s paperback includes an introduction from popular Irish landscape artist Edmund Sullivan and in a commentary on the back cover, journalist and author Terry Golway describes Forever Green as a ‘wonderful, rollicking and passionate journey through the soul of Ireland and Irish-America.'” The Irish Echo (New York, NY), July 16-22, 2003

“Forever Green is a book that is ‘…a rich stew of imaginative stories, political commentary and original poems.’ An aspect of the book that I particularly like is that the author is passionate about his beliefs, but he is gentle in presenting them. The author, Cathal Liam, states the premise of the book. That premise is: Ireland’s golden heritage and the flexibility of its people are, and will continue to, make the future one of hope and optimism. He says he is ‘…full of hope for a better tomorrow. The Good Friday Agreement offers…an opportunity for peace, justice, and a unity unknown in Ireland for a thousand years. It is a means to an end, like Michael Collins’s stepping stones, rather than an end…itself…there is still a long row to hoe, but just reflect on how far we have come in the last one hundred years.'” Frank West, Irish American News (Chicago, IL), July, 2003

“Cathal Liam offers up an eclectic (at times downright scattered) collection of writing in Forever Green: Ireland Now & Again. There’s political commentary, poetry and history ranging from the 1916 rising to the 1998 Good Friday agreement. All in all Liam explores Ireland with a clear eye. He has a soft spot in his heart for the Emerald Isle, yet he’s also unafraid to be critical. Away from the political end of things, Liam offers several off-the-beaten-track portraits of Ireland and its people. ‘Instead of reading this modest volume in a single go, digest it leisurely…maybe a story or two a day for a fortnight. Rather than polishing it off as you might typically do, I hope you would savor the stories, adding to each your own thoughts and musings,’ he [Liam] writes. It’s good advice. The same goes for the Introduction by Irish-American artist Edmund Sullivan, whose gorgeous painting adorns Liam’s book cover.” Tom Deignan, Irish America (New York, NY), August/September, 2003

“Local author Cathal Liam is Forever Green. His love affair with Ireland continues with his latest book, a collection of stories, political commentary and poems. The assortment is every bit as rich as the title promises. Liam brings his spiritual home to the city where he lives…” Brandon Brady, CityBeat (Cincinnati, OH), August 6-12, 2003

Forever Green: Ireland Now & Again is an anthology of writings by Cathal Liam ranging from mind-expanding stories to political commentary and fluid poetry (including thematically appropiate poems by others as well as Liam’s own verse). Remembering the Ireland of decades gone by, and scrutinizing political happenings in the Ireland of today, Forever Green is a compelling, emotional and heartfelt work embracing the continual flux of Irish culture up to the modern day.” Midwest Book Review, Small Press Bookwatch (Oregon, WI), September, 2003

“A collection of the author’s essays, commentaries and poems reflecting his memories, opinions and hopes for the Ireland he holds close to his heart. If you have the opportunity of attending a reading by Cathal Liam – seize it!” Mary O’Sullivan, Ireland of the Welcomes (Dublin, Ireland), November-December, 2003

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