Danny O'Flaherty & Maurice Franks | The History of Ireland in Word and Song

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The History of Ireland in Word and Song

by Danny O'Flaherty & Maurice Franks

This collection of Irish songs with narration is an entertaining introduction to Irish history. Discover in this brilliant mix of word and song (and inform your friends and family) just what Irish roots are all about.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Only Our Rivers Run Free (Sung)
Danny O'Flaherty
3:34 $0.99
2. Ireland From St. Patrick to Cromwell (Narrative)
Maurice Franks
13:30 $0.99
3. The Harp That Once Through Tara's Halls (Oral Interpretation)
Maurice Franks
2:04 $0.99
4. The Harp That Once Through Tara's Halls (Sung)
Danny O'Flaherty
1:35 $0.99
5. Ireland and the Penal Laws (Narrative)
Maurice Franks
2:36 $0.99
6. The Wearing of the Green (Sung)
Danny O'Flaherty
2:50 $0.99
7. Ireland and the Great Hunger (Narrative)
Maurice Franks
7:25 $0.99
8. The Fields of Athenry (Sung)
Danny O'Flaherty
4:11 $0.99
9. Ireland and Independence (Narrative)
Maurice Franks
5:15 $0.99
10. Grace (Sung)
Danny O'Flaherty
4:58 $0.99
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Album Notes
How can an Irish American discover his or her heritage in less than an hour or inform his or her non-Irish spouse, children, grandchildren, family and friends what the Irish are all about?

The answer to that question is contained in a new CD released by Hy-Brasyl Productions under the auspices of the Celtic Nations Heritage Foundation of Louisiana, a nonprofit corporation. An Irish-born entertainer, Danny O'Flaherty, and an Irish-American law professor, Maurice Franks, have joined forces to produce The History of Ireland in Word and Song.

In about 50 dynamic minutes of excellent music and narrative, the two have produced what well may be the most beautiful, entertaining, irresistible and delightful way to learn Irish History quickly and effortlessly. Over fifteen hundred years, from St. Patrick in the year 410 to Irish independence in the year 1922, are brought to life in this moving and brilliant CD.

Irish-born Danny O'Flaherty of New Orleans is a gifted singer, musician, storyteller and bard who has at least eight other CDs to his credit. Danny is dedicated to promoting and preserving traditional Irish culture through his music, World Cup Regattas, tours to Ireland and Celtic cruises.

Maurice Franks of Baton Rouge, a dual citizen of the United States and the Republic of Ireland, is an experienced trial attorney and a law professor at Southern University. Maurice has lived in Ireland and is an experienced speaker and narrator.

The music on The History of Ireland in Word and Song is arranged and sung by Danny O'Flaherty, with the spoken word written and narrated by Maurice Franks.

The CD has its own web site, www.irishhistory.us. The History of Ireland in Word and Song may be ordered online. The UPC code for the CD is 7 03768 76582 1.



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The CD , was very interesting,well sung and well spoken
The CD makes you realise the unfair struggle of the Irish people...well done, a must for the inquisitive!!


Never quite heard anything the like before.
A friend let me hear her copy of this cd and I was impressed. She also told me of this site to post my review. I want to say that I have never quite heard the like before. I am Irish-American and never knew all those details that I learned in the span of listening to this cd. I had to listen to it again and again just to begin to understand what my people suffered. The worst part is that we never learned these things in school so that we might correct our mistakes in the future. Anyway, it was a pleasure.

Wayla Duley

Great for recomending..
Wonderful job Danny and Maurice... I have never heard a better rendition of these songs or any narratives that could compare. I am proud to own a copy of this CD. Thanks you two for creating it... I had almost forgot that I am Irish.... Thanks for the reminder.

Johnny Roberts

Entertaining historical recording in both word and song,
Entertaining historical recording in both word and song. Well worth the price and time to listen and learn.

Patrick J. McConnell

My American nieces and nephews will love this!
We've needed this for a long time. We've needed something to explain our Irish heritage to our family members in America not fully aware of their Irish heritage, to explain to our non-Irish friends, and even to remind ourselves from time to time just who we are. And the music on this CD is truly beautiful.


What I never knew about Ireland. I cried in learning.
So many things I never knew about Ireland! And the music and verbal presentation with so much emotion cuts right to the heart. I was looking for the background on "The Wearin' of the Green" Wow! did I find it! In spite of what so many suffered in Ireland, then suffered in discrimination in the US, their children have enriched us greatly.

Bud Dennis



What I've been waiting for!
I've been looking for just this CD and hope they will expand and do more. There are so many wonderful songs that reflect the Irish history and culture...I hope for a set.
Service from CDbaby was also extremely fast.

Karen The History of Ireland in word and song

The words and songs of this CD became a part of me
I realized more of the suffering my Irish ancestors endured. I love the song Grace, it brought tears to my eyes. Wearing green will mean so much more to me next St. Patrick's Day.


History of Ireland
this album of narrative history brings tears to my eyes of the injustices done to my ancestors! Each sung song is both sweet and bitter to hear.