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Everything Irish

The History, Literature, Art, Music, People, and Places of Ireland, from A to Z

Lelia Ruckenstein & James O'Malley

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Here, in one complete volume, is the depth and breadth of the great island nation and its people represented in an easily browsed, friendly format. From the Abbey Theatre to the Dublin storyteller Zozimus; from the origin of the Troubles to the origin of the limerick; from the stunning beauty of Connemara to the shattering tragedy of Bloody Sunday; from the greatest writers of the English language to the “confrontational television” of Gay Byrne’s The Late Late Show–every aspect of Irish culture, geography, and history is collected and annotated in more than 900 entries from A to Z. Readers will encounter heroes and terrorists, poets and politicians, all of Ireland’s counties, ancient myths, and pivotal events–all expertly and succinctly described and explained.

With entries written by some of the world’s leading authorities on Ireland, Everything Irish is perfect for everyone, from the inquiring reader to the serious student. You can spend a few minutes learning about the much-maligned Travelers and then move on to the equally contentious (in its time) medieval tithe. Visit the majestic Cliffs of Moher and then delve into an analysis of paramilitary groups like the Irish Republican Army and the Ulster Volunteer Force. Explore the ruins of a Romanesque castle or experience the piercing light of the winter solstice inside prehistoric Newgrange, a passage grave older than the pyramids.

Across centuries and across counties, the rich landscape of Irish life and heritage springs to life in these pages. An indispensable source of fascinating information and captivating anecdote, this is one book that will never be far from the hands of those with curious minds or an adventurous spirit.

From the Hardcover edition.

Publishers Weekly Review

Dec 01, 2003 – This first-rate compilation, put together by an impressive list of contributors, includes edifying facts relating to Ireland or anything Irish, from Celtic mythology to Bloody Sunday. Arranged in alphabetical order with photographs distributed throughout, this encyclopedic resource provides detailed coverage of subjects ranging from English writers in Ireland and the Battle of Bogside to Irish agriculture and the Orange Order. Entries include details on important personalities and famous events, as well as lesser-known but intriguing tidbits, such as the rules of Gaelic football and the origin of the limerick. Written for anyone who has an eye directed toward the Emerald Isle, this tome of fact and lore will provide a satisfying resource and should be an excellent holiday and St. Patrick's Day gift.
Everything Irish
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Europe
  • Published: Dec 02, 2003
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Random House, LLC
  • Print Length: 480 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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