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Ancient Ireland Guide, The
(2nd ed.)
Robert Emmet Meagher and Elizabeth Parker Neave

published 2013 • 5" x 9" • 278 pages • full-color photos • maps
ISBN 9781566569149 • paperback • $24.00

“Elegantly written… Extremely helpful and very up-to-date, this is the best introductory planner to the magic world of ancient Ireland that I know, as it combines humor and wisdom, lightly-worn, with the most lucid, practical advice any avid explorer could wish.”
Dr. Peter Harbison, of the Royal Irish Academy, a renowned scholar of Irish antiquity, and author of Pre-Christian Ireland, Pilgrimage in Ireland, and The Guide to National and Historic Monuments in Ireland

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Personal, humorous, engaging, scholarly, and minutely practical

A revised and updated edition of this splendid guidebook to Ireland’s spectacular antiquities—its passage tombs, ring forts, castles, Neolithic settlements, and monastic sites. With its witty and erudite explorations of Irish mythology, history, literature, archaeology, and architecture, this travel book makes for an excellent companion on a journey to Ireland that is also a journey back in time.

Along with fascinating overviews of prehistoric, Celtic, early Christian, and early medieval times, Meagher gives the traveler concrete help in finding the most stunning sites that preserve and breathe that history today (some are surprisingly unknown). After the day’s exploring is done, readers can consult the same volume to find where to stay and eat… or entertaining bed-time reading in Meagher’s lore about these ancient sites.

Though there is many a guidebook to Ireland—after all, it’s said the country gets 8 million visitors annually—no guide is so informative and useful in combining inquiry with exploration. In Ancient Ireland, Meagher brings both his passionate scholarship and knowledge of the country and its history to this exceptionally well-written and practical guide.

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 and Herakles Gone Mad.

Elizabeth Parker Neave has traveled extensively in Ireland for two decades, and for several years collaborated on the Frommer’s guides to Ireland. She is co-author (with Robert Emmet Meagher) of Ancient Greece: An Explorer’s Guide. She currently teaches elementary school in Connecticut.

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“A great compact book that tells about tombs, forests, castles and ancient settlements that were in Ireland long before Saint Patrick, thatched roofs and Guinness stout. Beautiful colored photos and illustrations show us the remains of ancient Ireland.”
British Weekly 

“Looks past the thatched roofs and clay pipes, past Patrick and the saints, past the Celts… to Ireland of the Neolithic, Bronze, and early Iron Ages. They suggest how to plan, execute, and appreciate a tour of the oldest surviving structures, then set out three itineraries each focusing on a particular time period. In addition to the usual information, advice, maps and color photographs, they identify activities for children.”
Book News

“Gorgeous color photography illustrates Ancient Ireland, 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.”
Midwest Book Review

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