Ireland Unhinged by David Monagan
Encounters With a Wildly Changing Country

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A recent economic miracle, Ireland has now suffered a catastrophic collapse. Yet mirth, soulfulness, and eccentricity still reign. In Ireland Unhinged, Connecticut-born David Monagan explores his adopted country through the eyes of a passionate transplant. “What is Ireland? Has it lost its soul?” Monagan keeps asking as he roams from Cork to Dublin, Donegal, and Belfast. His answers are singular – loving, searing, and often laugh-out-loud funny.

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David Monagan has cast a discerning eye upon modern Ireland since moving there in 2000, with his writings about the country featured in Forbes Life, The Sunday Times (London), The Guardian, Irish Times, Irish Independent, Irish Examiner, The Dubliner, the Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, and many other publications. His 2004 title Jaywalking with the Irish received scores of rave reviews from Ireland to Boston, Japan to Munich. In promoting the work, Monagan was featured in numerous print and broadcast interviews and public appearances in the United States, Germany, and Ireland, with television appearances in the latter country. He has a long list of media contacts from these experiences. Monagan has an impressive journalistic background, with further credits including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Discover Magazine, Omni, Psychology Today, Reader's Digest, American Health, Hartford Courant, Medical Tribune, Science Digest, Technology Today, Litchfield County Times, and many other publications. Monagan knows his Ireland. What makes his perspective on the country unique is that the author was a student at Trinity College, Dublin, and then widely toured what was a vastly different land, so that an older Ireland kept company with him as the Celtic Tiger roared. He and his wife Jamie, head of marketing at the Cork Opera House (formerly employed by National Public Television in New York), and who has helped promote Monagan's earlier works, visited Ireland at length throughout the 1980s and 1990s, so have considerable earlier reference point. When not tending his gardens or fishing in Ballyduff, Monagan resides in Cork City with his wife, daughter, and two sons, now approaching university age.
Published April 15, 2011 by Council Oak Books. 300 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference.

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The process was a rediscovery because so much of what seemingly made Ireland special had been lost in the vulgar maw of the boom, “a litany of runaway materialism, instant gratification, increasing hooliganism, and excess of every stripe.” Though certainly there is much left standing in Ireland—t...

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is a constant refrain as Monagan laments that so much of what endeared Ireland to him was lost in the vulgarity of the boom times, "a litany of runaway materialism, instant gratification, increasing hooliganism, and excess of every stripe".

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