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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

Essential Reading

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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)

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)

Eyewitness Guide Ireland

Eyewitness Guide Ireland

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

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)

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)

 
Dublin Map

Dublin Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2004
  • MAP

A laminated, folded map of the city center of Dublin, at a scale of 1:12,000. (IRE96, $7.95)

Eyewitness Top Ten Dublin

Eyewitness Top Ten Dublin


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions and a handy pullout map. (IRE327, $14.00)

A Brief History of Ireland

A Brief History of Ireland


by Richard Killeen

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 323 PAGES

Killeen covers the main events and personalities from the Celts, Vikings and Normans through to modern times in this measured pocket history. (IRE321, $13.95)

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)

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)

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 Depiction of Eviction in Ireland 1845-1910

The Depiction of Eviction in Ireland 1845-1910


by L. Perry Curtis

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 386 PAGES

With consideration for Ireland's centuries-long history of dispossession, Curtis evaluates rural evictions during a 60-year period, incorporating novel excerpts, folklore, poems, ballads and more alongside illustrations and photographs. (IRE333, $52.95)

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)

Connemara Mollie, An Irish Journey on Horseback

Connemara Mollie, An Irish Journey on Horseback


by Hilary Bradt

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 146 PAGES

Hilary Bradt (publisher of Bradt Guides) recalls her journey across rural Ireland among the people of Galway, Mayo, Clare and Kerry in the 1980s in this sweet -- and sublimely -- affecting memoir. (IRE307, $16.99)

Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage

Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage


by Tim Robinson | Seamus Heaney

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 395 PAGES

A richly layered hymn to Arainn, largest of the Aran Islands, Robinson's adopted home. (IRE227, $18.95)

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)

Ireland, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Ireland, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by James Mc Elroy

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Organized geographically, this anthology of short stories and tales by contemporary Irish authors captures the spirit, history and allure of Ireland. (IRE217, $14.95)

Opened Ground, Selected Poems 1966-1996

Opened Ground, Selected Poems 1966-1996


by Seamus Heaney

  • LITERATURE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

The publication of Heaney's book North in 1975 changed Irish literature -- and poetry worldwide -- forever. Dive into the physical and emotional rhythms of Irish life in this volume, which chronicles the Nobel Laureate's best work from the last 30 years. (IRE65, $19.00)

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 Princes of Ireland, The Dublin Saga

The Princes of Ireland, The Dublin Saga


by Edward Rutherfurd

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 800 PAGES

An epic novel drawing on the events, personalities and drama of Dublin from settlement through the Easter Rebellion. (IRE145, $18.00)

Twenty Years A-Growing


by Maurice O'Sullivan

  • LITERATURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

O'Sullivan's lyrical, sea-drenched memoir of coming of age among the Gaelic-speaking people of Great Blasket Island off the Dingle Peninsula. (IRE166, $18.95)

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