- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: O'Brien Pr; 2nd edition (September 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780862785109
- ISBN-13: 978-0862785109
- ASIN: 0862785103
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,542,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Golden Book of Ireland Paperback – September, 2000
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Sean strongly suggested that we purchase this guide, available all over Ireland, as a keepsake but also as the best single source of excellent pictures and as a source of small bits of information that you might overlook. He was wonderful at relating hundreds of those small bits during our trip but in such a complex country, there are thousands more. The Golden Book of Ireland
On the ground, the book was a very useful supplement to our journey, helping us to remember some of the many things we had seen during the day and helping me fill out my travel diary. You can't really go wrong, and I plan to add this book to my list of useful materials when planning a trip to Ireland. My recommendations are attached to this review.
Robert C. Ross
I stumbled across this wonderful book -- Ireland: A Luminous Beauty -- at the New York Society Library today, checking to see if I really have done enough homework for my trip in early Ireland on a car trip through those glorious environs. The photographs are wonderful and I am very tempted to buy a copy. Hold back, Robert -- wait until you get back from the real thing. [In the event, I purchased The Golden Book of Ireland during the trip, which has great photographs, and will return to the Library to look at pictures from this wonderful book when I have the urge.)
Some other great books on Ireland that I'm dipping into.
My go to guidebook to a destination is usually the Eyewitness series, at least if there is a recent edition, and for my fourth visit to Ireland in January (this time with a companion who has never been), we are carrying the 2016 edition of DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Ireland . We are also going to hire a guide to drive and explain various sites, so we feel well prepared.
I also like to carry another book or two, especially since Ireland is so rich in history. This time I have been reading Rick Steves's version as supplemental reading with great pleasure. This extract from his website hints at the pleasures here:
"Flung onto the foggy fringe of the Atlantic pond like a mossy millstone, Ireland drips with mystery, drawing you in for a closer look and then surprising you. An old farmer cuts turf from the bog, while his son staffs the tech helpline for an international software firm. Buy them both a pint in a pub that's whirling with playful conversation and exhilarating traditional music. Pious, earthy, witty, brooding, proud, yet unpretentious, Irish culture is an intoxicating potion to sip or slurp — as the mood strikes you."
And, I've dusted off some of my supplemental reading from previous trips; some of the best included:
Susan Cahill, For the Love of Ireland: A Literary Companion for Readers and Travelers, an anthology introducing Ireland through the words and lives of James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, Frank McCourt and Samuel Beckett and many others.
Bernard Meehan, The Book of Kells, Meehan is the keeper of manuscripts at Trinity College; this book features 110 color illustrations, including enlargements, of some of the more spectacular decorations in this medieval manuscript.
Richard Killeen, A Brief History of Ireland, short, snappy, accurate history of a complex country.
Thomas Cahill, 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) , a best seller and beautifully written.
And, for a fascinating historical fiction version of the same era, Peter Tremayne's series on Sister Fidelma. An excellent introduction to the series is by Edward J. Rielly: The Sister Fidelma Mysteries: Essays on the Historical Novels of Peter Tremayne.