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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)

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)

Frommer's Ireland

Frommer's Ireland


by Jack Jewers | Christi Daugherty

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 694 PAGES

A comprehensive, practical guide to the region with excellent recommendations for hotels, restaurants and excursions. With two-color maps throughout. (IRE263, $24.99)

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)

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)

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)

Luck and the Irish, A Brief History of Change 1970-2000

Luck and the Irish, A Brief History of Change 1970-2000


by Roy Foster

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES

Foster takes in the sweep of contemporary Irish popular culture, music, literature and politics in this short personal book, originally delivered as the Wiles Lectures in Belfast in 2004. (IRE237, $35.00)

Magnum Ireland

Magnum Ireland


by John Banville

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

This evocative collection of 250 photographs captures the people, landscapes and changing face of Ireland from the 1950s to the 21st century. (IRE170, $60.00)

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)

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)

Ireland, An Oxford Archaeological Guide

Ireland, An Oxford Archaeological Guide


by Andy Halpin

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 568 PAGES

A complete guide and gazetteer covering Ireland's ancient sites and places of interest. With over 250 plans and illustrations of the major sites and treasures (IRE191, $55.00)

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 Course Called Ireland

A Course Called Ireland


by Tom Coyne

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES
  • NEW

Not just a quest to play every seaside course in the Emerald Isle (60 by the time he got to Ulster), Tom Coyne's entertaining portrait of Ireland, its people, pubs and quirks illuminates "Uncommon Acts of Irish Hospitality." (IRE251, $17.00)

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)

An Innocent in Ireland, Curious Rambles and Singular Encounters

An Innocent in Ireland, Curious Rambles and Singular Encounters


by David W. McFadden

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

The determinedly eccentric Canadian poet and essayist McFadden abandons a more ambitious journey and simply walks the countryside, exploring modern day Irish character as well as Ireland's history. (IRE22, $18.95)

Green Shadows, White Whale

Green Shadows, White Whale


by Ray Bradbury

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 237 PAGES

Set in Dublin, this 1953 hymn to Ireland recounts Bradbury's hilarious experiences writing the Moby Dick screenplay with John Huston (who Bradbury affectionately refers to as the "Devil Himself"). (IRE53, $14.99)

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)

O Come Ye Back to Ireland, Our First Year in County Clare

O Come Ye Back to Ireland, Our First Year in County Clare


by Niall Williams | Christine Breen

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 233 PAGES

The first of four engaging chronicles of life on a farm in Kilmihi in rural County Clare, by an Irish-American couple who realized their lifelong dream of returning to Ireland. (IRE16, $12.00)

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)

Silver Linings, Travels Around Northern Ireland

Silver Linings, Travels Around Northern Ireland


by Martin Fletcher

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

An account of travels, as well as the people, politics and traditions of Northern Ireland, infused with the author's humor and insightful reporting. (IRE146, $16.95)

The Great Shame, And the Triumph of the Irish in the English-Speaking World

The Great Shame, And the Triumph of the Irish in the English-Speaking World


by Thomas Keneally

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 768 PAGES

A vivid family memoir. Keneally traces the history of Ireland, Irish immigration -- and how the English treated the Irish -- through the story of his own ancestors, taking us from from 19th-Century Ireland to America and Australia. (IRE204, $19.95)

The Irish Way, A Walk Through Ireland's Past and Present

The Irish Way, A Walk Through Ireland's Past and Present


by Robert Emmett Ginna

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 298 PAGES

Ginna weaves history and anecdote into a spirited, remarkably informed account of his 350-mile ramble down Ireland's central spine. (IRE178, $18.95)

A Star Called Henry


by Roddy Doyle

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 402 PAGES

The Irish wars of independence and the Dublin slums of the early 20th century provide the backdrop for Doyle's gritty, swashbuckling tale about a boy who enlists in the army at age 14, wielding his father's peg leg as a weapon. (IRE254, $16.00)

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)

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 Rebels of Ireland, The Dublin Saga

The Rebels of Ireland, The Dublin Saga


by Edward Rutherfurd

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 896 PAGES

Rutherfurd spins the saga of Ireland's 400-year path to independence in all its drama, tragedy and glory in this sweeping follow-up to The Princes of Ireland. (IRE253, $16.95)

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)

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