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Irish History


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Ireland: A Novel

By Frank Delaney

Delaney, Frank
Released: 2008-02-05
Paperback (560 pages)

Ireland: A Novel
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In the winter of 1951, a storyteller, the last practitioner of an honored, centuries-old tradition, arrives at the home of nine-year-old Ronan O'Mara in the Irish countryside. For three wonderful evenings, the old gentleman enthralls his assembled local audience with narratives of foolish kings, fabled saints, and Ireland's enduring accomplishments before moving on. But these nights change young Ronan forever, setting him on a years-long pursuit of the elusive, itinerant storyteller and the glorious tales that are no less than the saga of his tenacious and extraordinary isle.

How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe (The Hinges of History)

By Thomas Cahill

Anchor
Released: 1996-02-01
Paperback (246 pages)

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The perfect St. Patrick's Day gift, and a book in the best tradition of popular history -- the untold story of Ireland's role in maintaining Western culture while the Dark Ages settled on Europe.

Every year millions of Americans celebrate St. Patrick's Day, but they may not be aware of how great an influence St. Patrick was on the subsequent history of civilization. Not only did he bring Christianity to Ireland, he instilled a sense of literacy and learning that would create the conditions that allowed Ireland to become "the isle of saints and scholars" -- and thus preserve Western culture while Europe was being overrun by barbarians.

In this entertaining and compelling narrative, Thomas Cahill tells the story of how Europe evolved from the classical age of Rome to the medieval era. Without Ireland, the transition could not have taken place. Not only did Irish monks and scribes maintain the very record of Western civilization -- copying manuscripts of Greek and Latin writers, both pagan and Christian, while libraries and learning on the continent were forever lost -- they brought their uniquely Irish world-view to the task.

As Cahill delightfully illustrates, so much of the liveliness we associate with medieval culture has its roots in Ireland. When the seeds of culture were replanted on the European continent, it was from Ireland that they were germinated.

In the tradition of Barbara Tuchman's A Distant Mirror, How The Irish Saved Civilization reconstructs an era that few know about but which is central to understanding our past and our cultural heritage. But it conveys its knowledge with a winking wit that aptly captures the sensibility of the unsung Irish who relaunched civilization.

Malachy McCourt's History of Ireland (paperback)

By Malachy McCourt

Malachy McCourt
Paperback (432 pages)

Malachy McCourt s History of Ireland (paperback)
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New York Times best-selling author Malachy McCourt offers an authoritative and engrossing one-volume chronicle of Ireland from pre-Christian times to the present, told with Irish flair by the gifted storyteller. The pages are populated with figures from myth, history, and the present, from Saint Patrick to Oliver Cromwell, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and Charles Parnell, to Sinead O'Connor and Bono. Some beloved, some controversial-each influenced the course of Irish and world history. While McCourt vividly describes Ireland's turbulent history, he also offers a cultural survey with fresh insights to the folklore, literature, art, music, and cuisine of Ireland, producing an irresistible tour through the Emerald Isle.

The Story of Ireland: A History of the Irish People

By Neil Hegarty

Hegarty Neil
Released: 2012-03-13
Paperback (400 pages)

The Story of Ireland: A History of the Irish People
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  • The Story of Ireland A History of the Irish People
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In this groundbreaking history of Ireland, Neil Hegarty presents a fresh perspective on Ireland's past. Comprehensive and engaging, The Story of Ireland is an eye-opening account of a nation that has long been shaped by forces beyond its coasts.

The Story of Ireland re-examines Irish history, challenging the accepted stories and long-held myths associated with Ireland. Transporting readers to the Ireland of the past, beginning with the first settlement in A.D. 433, this is a sweeping and compelling history of one of the world's most dynamic nations. Hegarty examines how world events, including Europe's 16th century religious wars, the French and American revolutions, and Ireland's policy of neutrality during World War II, have shaped the country over the course of its long and fascinating history. With an up-to-date afterword that details the present state of affairs in Ireland, this is an essential text for readers who are fascinated by current events, politics, and history.

Spanning Irish history from its earliest inhabitants to the country's current financial crisis, The Story of Ireland is an epic and brilliant re-telling of Ireland's history from a new point of view.

The Family Tree Irish Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Ancestors in Ireland

By Claire Santry

Family Tree Books
Paperback (240 pages)

The Family Tree Irish Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Ancestors in Ireland
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  • The Family Tree Irish Genealogy Guide How to Trace Your Ancestors in Ireland
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Discover your Irish roots! Trace your Irish ancestors from American shores back to the Emerald Isle. This in-depth guide from Irish genealogy expert Claire Santry will take you step-by-step through the exciting--and challenging--journey of discovering your Irish roots. You'll learn how to identify immigrant ancestor, find your family's county and townland of origin, and locate key genealogical resources that will breathe life into your family tree. With historical timelines, sample records, resource lists, and detailed information about where and how to find your ancestors online, this guide has everything you need to uncover your Irish heritage.

In this book, you'll find:

  • The best online resources for Irish genealogy
  • Detailed guidance for finding records in the old country, from both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
  • Helpful background on Irish history, geography, administrative divisions, and naming patterns
  • Case studies that apply concepts and strategies to real-life research problems
Whether your ancestors hail from the bustling streets of Dublin or a small town in County Cork, The Family Tree Irish Genealogy Guide will give you the tools you need to track down your ancestors in Ireland.

Ireland and the Irish: A Short History

By Karl Bottigheimer

Columbia University Press
Paperback (301 pages)

Ireland and the Irish: A Short History
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A Brief History of Ireland

By Richard Killeen

Running Press
Paperback (448 pages)

A Brief History of Ireland
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The story of Ireland has been wrapped in mythology and legend. Since its very origins, the island has become the home for a successive series of invaders—the Celts, Christians, Vikings, and Normans. And despite deprivation, desperation, and suppression, Ireland has developed an unwavering sense of purpose and place.

Ireland: A Short History (Short Histories)

By Joseph Coohill

imusti
Paperback (264 pages)

Ireland: A Short History (Short Histories)
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From the first prehistoric inhabitants of the island to the St Andrews Agreement and decommissioning of IRA weapons, this uniquely concise account of Ireland and its people reveals how differing interpretations of history, ancient and modern, have influenced modern Irish society. Combining factual information with a critical approach, Coohill covers all the key events, including the Great Famine, Home Rule, and the Good Friday Agreement.

Updated with two new chapters expanding the discussion of pre-modern Ireland, as well as developments in the 21st century, this highly accessible and balanced account will continue to provide a valuable resource to all those wishing to acquaint themselves further with the complex identity of the Irish people.

101 Things You Didn't Know About Irish History: The People, Places, Culture, and Tradition of the Emerald Isle

By Ryan Hackney & Garland Kimmer

Ryan Hackney
Released: 2006-12-14
Paperback (256 pages)

101 Things You Didn t Know About Irish History: The People, Places, Culture, and Tradition of the Emerald Isle
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  • 101 Things You Didn t Know About Irish History The People Places Culture and Tradition of the Emerald Isle
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Discover the truth behind the myths of the Emerald Isle

Forget about shamrocks, leprechans, and all that blarney; 101 Things You Didn't Know about Irish History dispels the myths and tells the true story of the Irish.

Inside, you'll learn about:
  • Lives of the ancient Celts before the British invasions
  • Famous Irish including Michael Collins, Charles Parnell—and Bono!
  • The potato famine and emigration (were there really gangs of New York?)
  • Irish music and dance

Complete with an Irish language primer and pronunciation guide, 101 Things You Didn't Know about Irish History is an informative reference for anyone who loves the Irish.


 
 
 

 
 
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