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The Beatles and Ireland



The Beatles and Ireland

The Beatles and Ireland (Paperback)
Michael Lynch and Damian Smyth




Product details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: The Collins Press (1 Oct 2008)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 1905172788
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905172788



Product Description
One of the great stories of the 1960s is that of four young men with Irish backgrounds who produced music that is unique and timeless. From the day The Beatles arrived in Dublin at the height of Beatlemania in 1963 and Paul McCartney announced it s great to be home , the Fab Four never hid their love for Ireland. They played two further gigs in Belfast within twelve months.


By the end of that decade John had bought an island off the Mayo coast, and in the 1970s John and Paul were writing songs about the troubled events in Northern Ireland. And yet there has never been a book about their Irish connections. From George s family originating in County Wexford to Paul choosing Castle Leslie in Monaghan for his wedding to Heather Mills, it s all here, including exclusive insights into what really went on at Paul s wedding reception and what Stella thought of being there.


This is not a music biography but simply details every Irish connection The Beatles have with Ireland, from their family trees to their concerts and the many visits they ve made, not across the universe, but across the Irish Sea. It is based on exclusive interviews, fifteen years of research and firsthand accounts by people that spent time with them. With prime Irish Beatle locations, an Irish charts discography, the Irish fan club, and a detailed list of Beatles-related programmes on Irish radio and TV over the years, not to mention exclusive unpublished photographs, this is the legacy for Ireland of The Beatles.

About the Author
Michael Lynch from Laois is a laser technician who has travelled the world to concerts and to meet stars such as David Bowie and Neil Tennant. Meeting Paul McCartney was his musical highlight. He writes for various websites when not working or following Manchester United.


Damian Smyth from Yorkshire holds dual citizenship and lives in Dublin. He has worked with several Dublin bands as photographer and events promoter and featured on radio programmes including the Dave Fanning Show and the Ray Darcy Show. He has met many people connected with The Beatles, including Yoko Ono, the last being Paul McCartney the day before his wedding at Castle Leslie.






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