New Book Celebrates Irish Achievement

What have the Irish ever done for us? – New book celebrates Irish achievement

DID you know that a Tipp native was Winston Churchill’s most trusted aide, that the Irish invented cheese & onion crisps, the submarine and chocolate milk? That without the efforts of an Irish engineer the city of Los Angeles would not exist or that a Kerryman is credited as the father of modern economics?

New Book Celebrates Irish Achievement

What have the Irish ever done for us by David Forsythe

These and many other surprising stories are covered in a fascinating new book by author and journalist David Forsythe titled What have the Irish ever done for us? Launched to coincide with the St Patrick’s Day celebrations the book tells how Irish people and the Irish diaspora have made a positive contribution to the wider world.

“The idea for the book came about during The Gathering Ireland in 2013,” said David, “I was covering a lot of the events associated with the diaspora and it struck me that virtually every village, town and townland in Ireland has some kind of intriguing story about one of their own who has done something amazing, or at least impressive!

“So I decided to put some of these stories together in a book. There are lots of heavy books on Irish history or in-depth biographies but I wanted to do something that was light and easy to read and hopefully interesting and entertaining,” he said.

The book is arranged into 51 short chapters and covers a wide range of topics including how the Irish built New York, why a Cork woman was awarded Israel’s highest honour and how the Irish helped create the modern-day horror boom.

What have the Irish ever done for us? is available to order from Amazon in paperback and e-book and makes an ideal St Patrick’s Day present.

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