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While most travel writers seek out opportunities to meet the famous--or the infamous--McCarthy has the charming knack of just bumping into them on his rambles, which is how he met Noel Redding, formerly of Jimi Hendrix's band, and the author Frank McCourt. Far more interesting, though, are the eccentric and talkative bachelors and landladies who turn up in pubs, B&Bs, and the middle of the road. McCarthy has mastered the art of getting creatively lost, wandering the back lanes of Ireland where the hype of tourism has yet to arrive, pursuing stone circles, impossibly romantic ruined abbeys, and, of course, pubs. What he discovers is that "In Ireland, the unexpected happens more than you expect," which makes for a hilarious tour through one of the most beautiful, friendly, and quirky places on earth with a comedian who has honed the art of telling a good story and of having fun.--Lesley Reed --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Great read. Recommended to me by Irish friends. Must read before your visit to Ireland.Published 1 month ago by John M.
Excellent book. I was expecting more of a lighthearted comedy. Sure there were very funny parts, but overall it was more of a philosophical book about finding yourself. Read morePublished 4 months ago by fudgeman
I knew very little of the 'troubles' or about Ireland and I am going in October --- reading this made me note some places I want to go and others to avoid all while learning some... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Cindy Parola
So many authors seem to try so hard to make their adventures and fiascos funny. McCarthy is less labored than most. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Liz K.