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I got in touch with KarmelK a few days back, and sadly she's not planning on hosting the Celebrate the Irish Challenge this year. (She does have her hands well and truly full). She did say, however, to continue with the challenge. I'm figuring the best thing to do is to borrow her rules from previous years.

So, KarmelK's rules were :
Books about Ireland, written by or about Irish people or descendants of the Irish in any country. Books that are primarily Green, White, or Gold/Orange in colour or have those colour words in the title, subtitle, or the authors name.
Any Irish place name or items unique to ireland (shamrock, banshee, leprechaun, etc.) in the title or authors name. I'm liberal on rule enforcement.
Any kind of release works.
Starting at 00:00 on the 1st of March and finishing at 23:59 on the 31st of March (your time).
One rule of my own : if KarmelK calls in at any point, her word automatically becomes law ;)

The Celebrate the Irish Challenge was the only one I took part in every year, so I'm going to give it a rattle once again. Anyone else interested ?

Edit : This may come in slightly useful, for the 'Writers of Irish Descent' option.



I'm absolutely in. I have a few and will need to find more, but I've always participated!


Good to see you again :)


wingJackie700wing 2 yrs ago
I'm in


but I'll start looking.


cluricaune 2 yrs ago
None ?
Didn't you trounce us all last year !?!


winghyphen8wing 2 yrs ago
RE: None ?
Didn't you trounce us all last year !?!

Never fear, I'm sure SLT will come up with _something_. :D

I'll give this a shot too, although I'm not the least bit Irish and have never been there.


No personal Irishness is required to play ;)


wingsolittletimewing 2 yrs ago
I did just find two books in my Oh, the Places We Can Go Release Challenge pile.

And I forgot that green or white or gold/orange covers count too. I was thinking they had to be about Ireland. I'll keep looking. : )


1. The Snapper by Roddy Doyle
Irish author, book set in Dublin.

2. The Black Ice by Michael Connelly
Author appears on Wikipedia's list of Irish-American authors


cluricaune 2 yrs ago
Release 3
3. Dracula by Bram Stoker
Irish author.


cluricaune 2 yrs ago
Release 4
4. Borderlands by Brian McGilloway
The lead character is a cop in Lifford , in County Donegal, while the author is from a well known city, just over the border, with two names. (Brian McGilloway is a very nice guy. If he ever does a booksigning in your hometown, it'd be well worth going along).


5. Call My Brother Back by Michael McLaverty
Author born in County Monaghan, book set in Belfast and on Rathlin Island.

6. Mystery Man by Colin Bateman
Author from Newtownards, book set in and around Belfast. (The Starbucks I released the book in gets a couple of mentions in the book. The bookshop itself is only across the road).


cluricaune 2 yrs ago
Release 7
7. A Greyhound of a Girl, by Roddy Doyle
Irish author, set in Ireland.


8. Seek the Fair Land by Walter Macken
Irish author, set in Ireland during the Cromwellian Invasion.

9. Collected Short Stories, by Michael McLaverty
Irish author

10. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
Irish author

11. McCarthy's Bar, by Pete McCarthy
Author of Irish descent, set largely in Ireland


12. Time of Death by Alex Barclay
Irish author


13. The Last Coyote by Michael Connelly
Author appears on Wikipedia's list of Irish-American authors


14. The Scorching Wind, by Walter Macken
irish author, set in Ireland


Thanks for continuing this challenge in KarmelK's place, cluricaune.


cluricaune 2 yrs ago
Hurrah !
Welcome back, Maranlin ! Is there any chance Starrdust might also be joining us ?


Welcome back, Maranlin ! Is there any chance Starrdust might also be joining us ?

I will remind her. We have been busy sorting out our Dad's house in order to sell it since he has moved to a retirement place now. Starrdust lives near him and I am further away, so she has the lion's share of work and not much time for BookCrossing lately.


Welcome back, Maranlin ! Is there any chance Starrdust might also be joining us ?

Yes, cluricaune . . . I'm in for this one as well. One of my favourite release challenges! I haven't done much releasing over the past year or so but I'm sure I can find a couple of books related to Ireland on my bookshelves. Thanks for taking this on, on behalf of KarmelK


wingtomato68wing 2 yrs ago
I'll join.
I've got Irish blood from my Dad's mother's father who came from Kilkenny.


Actually, the maiden name got shortened to Donovan when we landed here as indentured servants in the 1700's. According to family lore, we got tossed out of Ireland for being horse thieves.

No Maeve Binchy books in the availables, so I guess I'll need to read one first.


1. Two islands ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13866270/ ), green cover; wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

2. The Book of Feckin' IRISH Slang ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13863914 ), wild release.

3. Old Man River ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13831397/ ), for the green cover; wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

4. Mountain of Bone ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13863908/ ), for the green cover; wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

5. IRISH Folk Tales ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13904666 ), wild release.


wingMaranlinwing 2 yrs ago
Release #1

1. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13888891 Holly by Jude Deveraux (green and white cover)


1. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13890879/ The Salmon of Knowledge (Irish Legends) (multiple challenges) [photo]


Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline -- Vivian migrated from Ireland


1. Ireland's Pirate Queen - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13893985
2. The Golden Ocean - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13893989
(Irish author)


I want to thank cluricaune for keeping this going. My life is now taking a big change and it is comforting to see things continue even when one can only watch.
My husband (Bob) of 36 years passed away last week (3/3). He had been recovering well from open heart surgery and weird complications (an inner ear crisis that took his hearing, peripheral vision, and gave him constant veritigo, which caused contant vomitting). But that all gradually corrected itself. He was in hospital the whole month of January, and then came home and slowly recovered. He was passing all the PT and OT evaluations. He was getting stronger. He fixed my headlight, changed my oil, and helped my sister put together her exercised machine in the two days before he died. I can only say it was a profound shock to find him laying on the floor that Thursday with Jack the dog whining beside him. Two young EMT's who were friends of my sons worked on him for 40 minutes. But it was obvious he had shook this mortal coil and was soaring to his Lord.
I'm devastated, but I know he was ready and wanting to unite with God and all those waiting in Eternity. We don't know what caused his death, the officials put heart condition. But he had diabetes and was on dialysis and had a recently discovered lesion on his brain. He also suffered greatly each night from restless leg that compelled him to move while the PD machine he used every night kept him tethered to the room.
Everyone who knew him said the same things. Always a smile, always a joke, had great stories but listened to yours, his hands were magic on cars, homes, and hugs. His grandkids adored Grampa Bob and his 6 children were in love with him despite his many annoying habits. He was my life. Please pray for his soul and pray for me and the family.


It sounds like he was a truly wonderful man. You are in my thoughts.


Still searching for some appropriate books to release for this Challenge. In the meantime, here's an Irish Prayer...or three. ; )

May God give you...

For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.

In Time of Sorrow...

May you see God's light on the path ahead
When the road you walk is dark.
May you always hear,
Even in your hour of sorrow,
The gentle singing of the lark.
When times are hard may hardness
Never turn your heart to stone,
May you always remember
when the shadows fall—
You do not walk alone.

Remembered Joy...

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free!
I follow the plan God laid for me.
I saw His face, I heard His call,
I took His hand and left it all...
I could not stay another day,
To love, to laugh, to work or play;
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
And if my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss...
Ah yes, these things I, too, shall miss.
My life's been full, I've savoured much:
Good times, good friends, a loved-one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief—
Don't shorten yours with undue grief.
Be not burdened with tears of sorrow,
Enjoy the sunshine of the morrow.


I am so sorry for your loss, KarmelK. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers and I send you lots of (((hugs))). I lost my own husband 3 years ago, so I know well how devastating this is and the void left by the loss. Take good care of yourself. BOOKWORMINUSALL, thank you for posting those wonderful Irish prayers. I especially like the last one.


Truly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who'd be delighted to see you back at BookCrossing, if and when you ever make that choice. This will always be your Release Challenge, I've only ever been the babysitter :)


I'm so very sorry to hear that! Much sympathy to you and your family.


Oh, so sad and sorry to hear this. My thoughts are with you and your family as you deal with both shock and grief.


My heartfelt sympathies on your loss of such a beautiful person.


I am so sorry, KarmelK. Prayers for you and your family in this most difficult of times.


KarmelK, your husband sounds like a wonderful man. I wish you comfort and grace to help you deal with your loss. Please remember you always have friends at Bookcrossing should you ever need an ear.



Oh, KarmelK . . . there are no words to ease your pain but know that my heartfelt prayers and thoughts are with you and all the family & friends who are so missing your dear husband Bob. May you be surrounded by God's love and feel the presence of angels at all times.


I am sorry to hear about your loss, KarmelK. I've always enjoyed doing the Irish challenge and the angel challenge. I'm glad you have a supportive family around you at this time.


KarmelK, I should have known something was wrong when you didn't reply to my e-mail. I am so very sorry about Bob as I told you on voice mail tonight. Please take care, my friend. My heart is with you.


I'm so very sorry for your loss. Praying that God will comfort and strengthen you as you mourn.


Dear KarmelK, I just saw your post and my heart sank, for you, your family and your beloved Bob - but I see that you take strength in your faith and your loving family, and for that I am glad. Today is Easter and I wish you a peaceful holiday and I hope that loved ones are near. Many BookCrossers continue to send you their prayers and thoughts.


Hugs {{{{{{KarmelK}}}}}}


1. Irish Girls about Town http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11227026/
2. St. Patrick's Day Countdown http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13812109/



wild release with photo

1. Sahara Special - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13886424
(green cover)


wingJackie700wing 2 yrs ago
Release #3
3. An Irish Country Girl - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13897759


1. The Lively Ghosts of IRELAND, http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13592270/


2. West with the Night, http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13842700/ (green cover)




#001: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12786680 - Shenanigans by Sarah Champion
#002: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12656671 - The Cow Games by Sarah Irvine
#003: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12961470 - The Best of Irish Wit and Wisdom by John McCarthy.
#004: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13797924 - Nights of Rain and Stars by Maeve Binchy.
#005: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13808534 - A Celtic Odyssey by Michael Scott.

Thank you, cluricaune, for hosting this on behalf of KarmelK.


1. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13906715?... The Animal, the Vegetable and John D. Jones (my cover was green with green lettering)

2. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13842637?... IRISH Tiger

3. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12030888?... Dead IRISH


wingMaranlinwing 2 yrs ago
Release #2
2. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13531079 Best of Friends by Cathy Kelly (Irish author, set in Ireland)


wingJackie700wing 2 yrs ago
Release #4
4. The Return Journey - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13910817
(Irish author)


3. Card Tricks, http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13839128/ (green cover)


Saved this one to release on St. Patrick's Day. With release photo

2. The Princes of Ireland - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13909094


1 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13862121/ Travels with Gannon & Wyatt: IRELAND

2 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13794255/ Stone Heart [green cover]


3 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9808008/ The Springs of Affection: Stories of DUBLIN


wingtomato68wing 2 yrs ago
Release #1


wingJackie700wing 2 yrs ago
Release #5
5. Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader (green cover)


wingJackie700wing 2 yrs ago
Release #6
6. Chestnut Street - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13913302
(Irish author)


wingNancyNovawing 2 yrs ago
release 3


1. Full House – http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13586581 – Author, Maeve Binchy is Irish

A bit of a late start for me . . .


Better late than never ;)

Good to see you again.


4 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13898425/ IRISH Crystal: A Nuala Anne McGrail Novel

5 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13894689/ Miss Julia Stands Her Ground [green on cover]

6 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13908721/ No Hitting!: A Lift-the-Flap Book [green on cover]


wingBasculawing 2 yrs ago
Release #2
The Story of Lucy Gault, set in Ireland http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13918863/


#1. Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13449005?...
According to Wikipedia, he is part Irish: https://en.wikipedia.org/---/Nicholas_Sparks (see Early Life)


Wild releases with photos

3. Ashes of Roses - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13918562
Main character is an Irish immigrant to the US.

4. Fortune's Rocks - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13904395
Nice green color on cover.


4. Fortune's Rocks - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13904395
Nice green color on cover.

Made it to Australia. :)


Nice catch!


wingMaranlinwing 2 yrs ago
Release #3
3. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13928773 Firefly Summer by Maeve Binchy (Irish author, set in Ireland)


2. Someone Like You – http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11108742/ - Author Cathy Kelly is Irish


3. Maeve's Times – http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12836276 – Author Maeve Binchy is Irish


2. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13921849/ Who Ever Heard of an Irish Jew? (multiple challenges)


Wild release with photo

5. The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13904400
Green cover

Controlled release

6. The View from Mary's Farm - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13670243
Green cover

Thank you cluricaune for helping out with this challenge! Also, I should mention that I'm currently reading Call My Brother Back (Michael McLaverty) in e-book format, thanks to you posting your release here..


Fantastic ! I hope you enjoy it. It's a really good book that one. (I've never yet made it to Rathlin, but they have a puffin colony that's very well spoken of. I'd be very tempted to go and see that at some point). A young Seamus Heaney did a teaching practice at the school in Belfast where McLaverty was headmaster. I am reliably informed by that Heaney got a lot of very good advice from McLaverty.


I hope to see you all again next year ?

I got word of my first catch this morning. "Gulliver's Travels" has left Armagh and is now in Hungary - I find it kind of appropriate that it's made a big trip. It's also brought a new member to BookCrossing.



7 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469902/ Meet KIT: An American Girl 1934 [green on cover]

8 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13722458 The Jewel Kingdom # 3: The Emerald Princess Plays a Trick [green on cover]

9 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469500 H is for Horse: An Equestrian Alphabet [green on cover]


10 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13012573/ I Can Help [green on the cover]

11 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469792/ The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women and a Forty-Year Friendship [green on the cover]

12 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13904863/ A Field Guide to Fenway Park: America's Most Beloved Ballpark [green on the cover]

13 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13908062/ Backseat Saints [green on the cover]


14 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13894688/ Sunset in St. Tropez [green on cover]

15 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469693/ Peter Pan [green on cover]

16 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13794666/ Envy: A Dictionary for the Jealous [green on cover]

17 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13853443/ Plague [green on cover]

18 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13823706/ Fodor's Around Washington, D.C. With Kids [green on cover]

19 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13841150/ Granny Torrelli Makes Soup [green on cover]

20 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13718803/ Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader [green on cover]

21 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13884879/ Splashes of Joy in the Cesspools of Life [green on cover]

22 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13692459/ The Dog Who Saved Christmas and Other True Animal Tales [green on cover]

23 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13725464/ DK Eyewitness Travel: Top 10 DUBLIN [green on cover]

24 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13898218/ Irresistible [green on cover]

25 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13157954/ The Three Pillars of Zen: 25th Anniversary Edition [green on cover]

26 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469564/ The Secret Garden [green on cover]

27 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13713825/ Blood Noir: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel [green on cover]

28 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13901594/ Select Editions: The Scarecrow / The French Gardener / Heaven's Keep / The Art of Racing in the Rain [green on cover]

29 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13889707/ Insurgent [green on cover]

30 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13259944/ States of Mind: A Search for Faith, Hope, Inspiration, Harmony, Unity, Friendship, Love, Pride, Wisdom, Honor, Comfort, Joy, Bliss, Freedom, Justice, Glory, Triumph, and Truth or Consequences in America [green on cover]

31 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469588/ The Trail Home: Essays [green on cover]

32 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13675848/ The Abs Diet for Women: The Six-Week Plan to Flatten Your Belly and Firm Up Your Body for Life [green on cover]

33 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13708944/ The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for Persons with Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementing Illnesses, and Memory Loss in Later Life [green on cover]

34 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13862123/ A Double Life [green on cover]

35 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13833498/ Wearable Arf: 16 Fabulous Fashions for Your Darling Dog [green on cover]

36 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13892759/ Treasures in the Sea [green on cover]

37 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13902555/ Under a Grapefruit Sun: Red Sox Spring Training a Quarter Century Ago [green on cover]

38 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13260144/ Capturing Paris: A Novel [green on cover]

39 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13881130/ From the Files of Madison Finn # 5: Thanks for Nothing [green on cover]

40 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13853026/ Yankee Doodle Dixie: A Novel [green on cover]

41 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13695343/ The Third Woman [green on cover]

42 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13856858/ Breaking Up Is Really, Really Hard to Do: A Dating Game Novel [green on cover]

43 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13872889/ Haunted: A Mystery [green on cover]

44 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13713554/ Midnight Pleasures With a Scoundrel [green on cover]


45 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13821346/ Scarlet Feather by Maeve Binchy

46 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13839974/ Select Editions: An IRISH Country Courtship / This Time Together


47 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13924062/ Lucky You [green on the cover]


48 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13692673/ Validity in Interpretation [green on cover]

49 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13860927/ Out of the Silent Planet [green on cover]

50 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13737003/ Story and Structure [green on cover]

51 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13860784/ Melville's Quarrel With God [green on cover]

52 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13735908/ Typee [green on cover]

53 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13908117/ The Big Sleep [green on cover]

54 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469844/ Henry David Thoreau: Three Complete Books: The Maine Woods, Walden, Cape Cod [green on cover]

55 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13726467 Chemical Kinetics and Reaction Dynamics [green on cover]

56 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13913724/ Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy [green on cover]


Well, what do you know....you've only went and trounced us all again :P


Well, what do you know....you've only went and trounced us all again :P

Well when Never Judge a Book By its Cover called for green on the cover, I had to find a few more, so... they worked for both Challenges. And recently for http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/529426 too, unfortunately.

I'm part way through March 31st releases now. I'm not sure if there were any more for this Challenge on that last day of releasing...


57 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13908064/ An Ocean in Iowa [green on cover]

58 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13725465/ Leaving IRELAND

59 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13895109/ The Fifth Witness: A Lincoln Lawyer Novel [green on cover]


Released on time. Posted late.

60 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13882163/ 1-2-3 Dora! [green on the cover]

61 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13860928/ Moneymakers: Good Cents for Girls [green on the cover]


Released on time. Posted late.

62 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13722459/ Let's Halt Awhile in IRELAND

63 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13800880/ Bard: The Odyssey of the IRISH

64 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13874669/ Heart of the Sea [the conclusion of Roberts' Irish trilogy]

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