Break out your green – Saint Patrick’s Day (March 17) is fast approaching! This traditionally religious holiday has in its emigration to America largely morphed into a secularized celebration of all things Irish – further punctuated by President Obama’s 2011 proclamation designating the month of March as Irish-American Heritage Month. Check out some of these resources available from the Georgia State University Library that explore Saint Patrick and the holiday, Irish music, and Irish-American identity.
- (1685). The Delightful history of the life & death of that renowned & famous St. Patrick, champion of Ireland: Containing his heroick actions, and valorous atchievments in Europe, Asia, and Affrick : with other remarkable passages, from his cradle to his grave. London: Printed for Dorman Newman ….
- Thompson, E. A. (1999). Who was Saint Patrick? Rochester, NY: Boydell Press.
- Nagle, J. (2005). “Everybody is Irish on St. Paddy’s”: Ambivalence and alterity at London’s St. Patrick’s Day 2002. Identities : Global Studies in Culture and Power, 12(4), 563-583
- Moss, K. (1995). St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and the formation of Irish-American identity, 1845-1875. Journal of Social History, 29(1), 125.
- Moloney, D. (2009). Who’s Irish? Ethnic Identity and Recent Trends in Irish American History. Journal of American Ethnic History, 28(4), 100-109.
- Hout, M., & Goldstein, J. R. (1994). How 4.5 million Irish immigrants became 40 million Irish Americans: Demographic and subjective aspects of the ethnic composition of white Americans. American Sociological Review, 59(1), 64-82.
- Films Media Group. (1997). Catholicism and Celtic Folklore [1:51 minutes]. Segment from In Search of History: The Celts. From Films On Demand database.
- Films Media Group. (1997). A&E Special: Irish In America [90 minutes]. From Films On Demand database.
Music – for Listening and Playing
- (1991). An Ireland of treasures. Hollywood, Calif.: EMI.
- (1999). The rough guide to Irish folk. London, England: World Music Network.
- Healy, J. N., Scully, L., & O’Donoghue, R. (1993). Ballads from the pubs of Ireland. Cork: Mercier Press.
- Petrie, G., & Stanford, C. V. (2003). Petrie’s complete Irish music: 1,582 traditional melodies. Mineola, NY: Dover.
- Gleeson, D. T. (2001). The Irish in the South, 1815-1877. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.
- Quinlan, K. (2005). Strange kin: Ireland and the American South. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.
- Negra, D. (2006). The Irish in us: Irishness, performativity, and popular culture. Durham: Duke University Press.
Children’s and Teen Books
- Barth, E., & Arndt, U. (1977). Shamrocks, harps, and shillelaghs: The story of the St. Patrick’s Day symbols. New York: Seabury Press.
- MacGill-Callahan, S., & Hillenbrand, W. (1999). The last snake in Ireland: A story about St. Patrick. New York: Holiday House.
- Dunlop, E. (1996). Tales of St. Patrick. New York: Holiday House.
And don’t forget about the Atlanta’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade this Saturday at Noon!