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The Most Beautiful Villages of Ireland Hardcover – November 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Series: The Most Beautiful Villages
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; First Edition edition (November 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500019983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500019986
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 10.1 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Quaint, charming and predictably green. . . . The pages echo with tranquility in this composite masterfully photographed by Hugh Palmer. -- Veranda, Deborah Merck Sanders, December 2000

About the Author

Christopher Fitz-Simon is an Irish author whose books include The Arts in Ireland and The Most Beautiful Villages of Ireland.

Hugh Palmer is one of Britain’s leading photographers of architecture and gardens. His books include The Most Beautiful Villages of Greece, The Most Beautiful Villages of Provence, and The Most Beautiful Villages of Ireland.

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Just what I had in mind and the person I gave it to liked it a lot!
Barbara A. Boyd
I bought this book as a gift for my husband, as we had just returned from a wonderful trip to Ireland.
Cynthia K. Simmons
The pictures and written articles only whet my appetite to be in Ireland.
Cathy J. Belcher

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By absent_minded_prof on March 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a fantastic coffee table book. The photographer has captured so much color in each photograph, you almost expect some sort of visual explosion -- how can such a dynamically variegated palette be contained in a single picture?! The whitewashed cottages, the blue-green sea, the dun colored old castle walls... even the street signs are beautiful. I myself am half of Irish descent, and half of Italian descent. Although I must confess that in culinary terms, my Italian forebears had considerably more "on the ball" than my Irish ancestors, this book makes me appreciate some of the beauties that Ireland itself has to offer. It makes me determined to visit it at some point.
The book is divided into four parts. Each traditional ancient Irish kingdom has its own section -- Ulster, Leinster, Connacht, and Munster. Each section is also followed by a brief photographic essay, dealing with such topics as "Ancient Ireland," "Bar and Shop Fronts," and "Painted Villages." At the end, there is a useful map, a travellers guide complete with phone numbers and addresses of Inns and hostels, and a very handy little bibliography.
I would just like to also recommend, for anyone with an interest in Irish history, "The Atlas of Irish History" by Sean Duffy. It is out of print, but you should ask your local librarian if he or she can find it, using OCLC or inter-library loan. If, like me, you have Irish blood in you, you will be familiar with the feeling of being quite alienated from the broader sweep of European history prior to the settlement of America. I once looked in the index of an encyclopedia, and actually found more entries on Native Americans, who of course are considered to be a marginalized people, than I could find on the Irish. This book, and the atlas I recommended, can help remedy that situation, and "The Most Beautiful Villages of Ireland" can beautify any home. Two thunbs up -- check this one out.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Freday on January 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I recently purchased this book as a gift for someone who took two trips to Ireland several years ago and loved her trips there. She is no longer able to travel due to health reasons so I thought this book would bring back some wonderful memories for her. She loves the book and even though I have never been to Ireland, I would welcome the opportunity to go there after viewing the absolutely beautiful pictures in this book. Also included is information on traveling to Ireland; ie. places to stay, while there. I would definitely recommend this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cathy J. Belcher on June 7, 2010
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Prior to a long awaited vacation to Ireland, I purchased this book hoping to catch a glimpse of the beauty of Ireland. The book was all and more of what I had hoped. The pictures and written articles only whet my appetite to be in Ireland. The photography is outstanding, the articles informative. I'm purchasing 3 more of these books to give as gifts to friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Getnby on January 14, 2013
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For the most part, what the author called villages I would call cities. Be that as it may, the pictures, also for the most part, failed to give the viewer a feeling for the location. It did include some pictures of views that, I assume, could be seen from the "village"; but as to the places themselves, no warmth, no character, no sense of place. Just buildings.
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Format: Hardcover
Text was random, didn't tell about the photos. There were no gardens or landscapes. I was disappointed in this book as I ordered to give to a granddaughter going to Ireland for a semester abroad.
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By Lynn on March 20, 2014
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I thought this was a travel book , unfortunately, it is more of a Coffee table book !! Pretty pics, not so much travel ideas !
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By Debbie Loveridge on December 8, 2013
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This book was exactly what I was looking for. I went to Ireland for the first time in Sept. 2013 and fell in love with the country. This book brings back fond memories of places I visited and is motivating me to go back next year and visit the places I wasn't able to get to. Can't wait to share the book with friends who accompanied me to Ireland in Sept and others who are planning to join me when I go back in 2014.
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I bought this for my sister. She had taken a trip to Ireland and loved it so I wanted to get her this to look at while it is cold and snowing here.
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