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This is an extraordinary audio publication. A fireside view of the life’s journey of Oliver O’Connell, poet, music maker and story teller from Co Clare who narrates his passage of life from birth to present day Ireland weaving his story into the ever-changing tapestry of life in Ireland over the past 65 years.
His north Clare memories set against the backdrop of some beautiful music will take the listener to another Ireland in another time and will ignite nostalgia and happy memories.
He tells the story of the rise of Doolin to international fame as a music mecca. He delivers a scorching narration on the demise of the Celtic tiger and his self-penned poem of “Homeless in Dublin” is heart-breaking to hear.
He tells of the decimation of rural country life through emigration, his own battles with life threatening cancer, his traditional music journey in Clare and London and his memories of a different Ireland and a different people.
The audio recording is four hours of riveting memories interspersed with his own poetry and prose. Oliver’s writing is textbook imagery delivered in his own inimitable style and this audio is guaranteed to keep the listener interested to the very last chapter.
Oliver has an uncanny ability to paint beautiful imagery with words and in a post covid world where people have woken up to a new world order, “I Remember it all” is a story worth listening to as we all face a future where the landscape, music and culture of an Irish Nation has defined who we are. and is moulding us for a new tomorrow.
Great narration, loved it! Olivers stories tell a tale of north Clare full of nostalgia from someone who knows the area from the heart. I loved the Doolin chapter and the double murder which I never heard of before! Great antidotes on local characters and places like Lisdoonvarna. About 4 hours long and carries you through really well.
I truly enjoyed Oliver’s audio book. First of all, he has a lovely voice that is so easy to listen to. I love the way he describes all the months of the year with rituals, chores and celebrations. Even if you have never been to Clare, or even Ireland, it is powerful to hear his story! Thank you Oliver - well done!