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Ancient Ireland: An Explorer's Guide (Travel) Paperback – December 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Series: Travel
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group (December 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156656526X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566565264
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,207,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Emmet Meagher is a professor of humanities at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and the esteemed author or translator of nearly two dozen books, ranging from Frommer's Ireland and Frommer's Dublin to The Essential Euripides.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By S. Crane on June 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
The "Book Description" given under Editorial Reviews is a fair account of the book content.
Other than the introductory historical overview, the book comprises three itineraries for those with a car. The book is not aimed at those using Irelands public transport.
The itineraries are not based geographically but on three historical periods:
-Pre celtic, neolithic and Bronze age
-Pre Christian celtic and late Bronze age
-Early Christian, Irish golden age and medieval

The first itinerary covering 4000BCE to 700BCE starts in Dublin and takes you to the following principal sites: National musuem of Ireland in Dublin, Bru na Boinne-Newgrange and Knowth passage tombs, Loughcrew hilltop passage tomb complex, Carrowkeel and Carrowmore neolithic cemetery complexes near Sligo, Knocknarea mountain top cairn, Creevykeel court cairn, Ceide Fields neolithic farm settlement, Pulnabrone portal tomb and wedge tombs in Burren National Park (south of Galway), Lough Gur neolithic settlement site, Grange stone circle (largest in Ireland) and nearby wedge tomb (all south of Limerick), Fourknocks passage tomb and Pipers Stones stone circle, and thence back to Dublin. In my opinion it is a good selection of the sites from that period.
The other two itineraries take you to such sites as the Hill of Tara, Croagh Patrick, Clonmacnoise, Gallarus oratory near Dingle, Skellig Michael off the west coast, Ardmore, Rock of Cashel, Jeppoint Abbey ( I loved the wonderful carvings), and Glendalough ( just south of Dublin). Again I think these are a good selection of the best known sites.

There are maps of the individual sites. However there is just one overall map that shows the 3 routes on one page.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
Gorgeous color photography illustrates Ancient Ireland: An Explorer's Guide, which leads both the prospective tourist and the armchair traveler on itineraries following landmarks from prehistoric times to medieval ages. Maps, extensive descriptions, lodging recommendations, and inviting background information on the sites that allow one to view Ireland as it has been through the ages of time distinguish this handy, "must-have" for Irish history buffs planning to travel and see the land's wonders for themselves.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By GrandKat on February 14, 2009
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I checked this book out of my library several times and then ordered a copy before we traveled to Ireland. One of my friends is touring Ireland by car this spring, and I sent her this book and the Ireland AA road atlas. All the popular guidebooks include the famous places, but the quiet, secluded ones that are not accessible by tour bus are the most evocative. For example, Newgrange (wonderful) is crowded and full of tour buses and shuttle buses, while Carrowkeel (the best) is just you and the sheep (be sure to close all the farm gates). I would not choose to take a trip and visit only sites related to one era, as presented in this guide, but I selected the places and marked them on the map, then used this book to help find them. Many sites are not marked with signs at all, and others only if you approach from a certain direction (you must visit rural Ireland to know what I mean). Add a flashlight and a compass (not kidding about that) to these two books and you should have a great experience.
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