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Eyewitness Guide Ireland

Eyewitness Guide Ireland

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

This superb guide is a wonderfully illustrated introduction to the country, featuring photographs, maps and short background essays on history and culture. (IRE02, $25.00)

How the Irish Saved Civilization

How the Irish Saved Civilization

by Thomas Cahill

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 236 PAGES

This bestselling history tells the generally unknown story of Ireland's preservation of classical learning in the Dark Ages, revealing how the saints and scholars, monks and scribes labored to reproduce the important texts that spread as they evangelized Europe. (IRE07, $15.95)

For the Love of Ireland

For the Love of Ireland

by Susan Cahill

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 458 PAGES

Organized geographically, this rich anthology introduces Ireland through the words and lives of such luminaries as James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, Frank McCourt and Samuel Beckett. (IRE77, $15.95)

Ireland Map

Ireland Map

by Michelin

  • 2013
  • MAP

A colorful map of Ireland at a scale of 1:400,000, featuring insets of the road approaches to major cities, as well as an index to cities, towns and villages. (IRE23, $12.95)

 
Fodor's Dublin's 25 Best

Fodor's Dublin's 25 Best


by Fodor's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Take along this handy pocket guide, which includes a map and information on city highlights. (IRE30, $11.99)

A Traveller's History of Ireland

A Traveller's History of Ireland


by Peter Neville

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

From the Celts to the Norman invasions to modern-day Ireland, this short history is highly recommended for those who would like a brief overview of the Emerald Isle through the centuries. (GBR39, $14.95)

In Search of Ancient Ireland

In Search of Ancient Ireland


by Leo Eaton | Carmel McCaffrey

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

This spirited, illustrated history, the companion to a PBS documentary series, traces the foundation, archaeology and legends of ancient Ireland from 9000 B.C. to 1167 A.D. with style and substance. (IRE222, $16.95)

Malachy McCourt's History of Ireland

Malachy McCourt's History of Ireland


by Malachy McCourt

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 413 PAGES

Rich in anecdote and biography, McCourt may not break new ground but he sure knows how to tell a tale in this entertaining history of the Emerald Isle from Pict and Celtic origins to Yeats, Joyce, Beckett and Bono. (IRE233, $17.00)

Modern Ireland, A Very Short Introduction

Modern Ireland, A Very Short Introduction


by Senia Paseta

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

A remarkably concise, provocative history in the well-regarded series, touching on the major aspects of Irish history, politics, and society in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. (IRE195, $11.95)

Most Beautiful Villages of Ireland

Most Beautiful Villages of Ireland


by Hugh Palmer | Christopher Fitz-Simon

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 200 PAGES

With hundreds of color photographs, this illustrated portrait of Ireland, its landscape, architecture and people includes maps and a travel guide. (IRE136, $26.95)

Sun Dancing, A Vision of Medieval Ireland

Sun Dancing, A Vision of Medieval Ireland


by Geoffrey Moorhouse

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

This wonderfully inspired combination of scholarship and historical fiction, set at the monastery on Skellig Michael, carries the reader back to Ireland's early monastic tradition. (IRE13, $22.95)

The Aran Islands

The Aran Islands


by J.M. Synge | Tim Robinson

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

A much-loved turn-of-the-century account of the islands (as contrasted with mainland Ireland), drenched in the Celtic soul of the Irish. (IRE26, $15.00)

The Truth about the Irish

The Truth about the Irish


by Terry Eagleton

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 181 PAGES

An irreverent A-to-Z guide to all things Irish by a native son and shrewd comic commentator, who casts aside many myths, starting with the first entry - A for alcohol (the Irish have the lowest per capita consumption of alcohol in the E.U., after Greece and Italy). (IRE167, $14.95)

The Book of Kells

The Book of Kells


by Bernard Meehan

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 95 PAGES

Written by the keeper of manuscripts at Trinity College, this book features 110 color illustrations, including enlargements, of some of the more spectacular decorations in this most famous of medieval manuscripts. (IRE09, $19.95)

A Pint of Plain

A Pint of Plain


by Bill Barich

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Drawing on the wit and wisdom of O'Brien, Joyce, Behan and Synge, the author explores Irish culture (and popularity around the world) from the vantage of the local pub. (IRE266, $15.00)

Ireland, a Bicycle, and a Tin Whistle

Ireland, a Bicycle, and a Tin Whistle


by David Wilson

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

Whether it's the author's adventures in crowded pubs or out in the wild, this travel account is a modest, humorous report on Ireland, its people, festivals and cultures. (IRE17, $19.95)

Ireland, In a Glass of Its Own

Ireland, In a Glass of Its Own


by Peter Biddlecombe

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

A hilarious account of a journey through Ireland by the seasoned and well-traveled author. (IRE185, $15.95)

McCarthy's Bar, A Journey of Discovery in Ireland

McCarthy's Bar, A Journey of Discovery in Ireland


by Pete McCarthy

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A droll account of McCarthy's encounters on a bar-hopping jaunt from Cork along the west coast to Donegal. His motto, assiduously followed, was never to pass up a bar with his name on it! (IRE168, $17.99)

Round Ireland With a Fridge

Round Ireland With a Fridge


by Tony Hawks

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

From Dublin to Donegal, from Sligo through Mayo to Galway, Clare, Kerry, Cork, Wexford and Wicklow, the English comic really does hitchhike his way around Ireland, on a bet, with an appliance (albeit a mini-fridge). Surprisingly, this deeply silly, thoroughly entertaining book also captures the warmth and spirit of the Irish. (IRE70, $15.99)

Dubliners

Dubliners


by James Joyce

  • LITERATURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 317 PAGES

James Joyce's unsurpassed collection of short stories depicting ordinary life in Dublin among the lower middle class -- a milestone in the history of prose fiction. (IRE15, $11.00)

Irish Fairy and Folk Tales

Irish Fairy and Folk Tales


by W.B. Yeats

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 380 PAGES

Edited by the Nobel Prize-winning poet who spearheaded the Celtic Renaissance in the early 20th century, these enchanting stories introduce a cast of changelings, ghosts, mermaids, demons, saints, priests and fairies. (IRE04, $16.00)

The Hill Bachelors

The Hill Bachelors


by William Trevor

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

No one writes better short fiction than William Trevor. This collection of 12 stories captures the life and people of rural Ireland. (IRE42, $15.00)

The Sea

The Sea


by John Banville

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 195 PAGES

Recently widowed Max Morden, a middle-aged Irishman, returns to the seaside of his youth in this exquisite novel of love and the power of memory. Banville's 18th novel and winner of the 2005 Booker Prize. (IRE295, $14.95)

The Teapots Are Out and Other Eccentric Tales from Ireland

The Teapots Are Out and Other Eccentric Tales from Ireland


by John B. Keane

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A collection of 17 sentimental, sad, outrageous and just plain fun stories by the prolific North Kerry saloon-keeper, balladeer, playwright and novelist. Keane, who died in 2002, had an eye (and ear) for Irish rural life. (IRE144, $13.95)

Troubles

Troubles


by J.G. Farrell

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 459 PAGES

Set on the eve of the Irish Rebellion, this first novel in Farrell's remarkable series illuminates the British Empire's decline in Ireland to hilarious, haunting effect. Winner of the Lost Man Booker Prize. (IRE171, $16.95)

Wild Decembers

Wild Decembers


by Edna O'Brien

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A haunting novel of clan enmities and forbidden love in rural Ireland. Few writers have as sure a sense of place as Edna O'Brien, whose lyrical prose builds inevitably toward final tragedy. (IRE94, $13.95)

Yeats's Poetry, Drama, and Prose

Yeats's Poetry, Drama, and Prose


by W. B. Yeats

  • LITERATURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 518 PAGES

An authoritative anthology, heavily annotated and with biographical and background information. (IRE208, $26.50)

Birds of Europe

Birds of Europe


by Lars Svensson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide has been updated with revised text and maps. (FG47, $29.95)

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