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New book takes fresh approach to telling Ireland’s history


11-09-2012 10:15

Ireland in Brick and Stone, published on 21 September, takes 50 buildings and other man-made constructions from all over the country and uses them to illustrate our history, from pre-Christian times right through to the collapse of the Celtic Tiger. All but three of the buildings are still surviving, making history seem more real and relevant than ever before.

 

The author takes both the obvious, iconic landmarks as well as more obscure buildings and uses each one as a starting point to illustrate a specific period in history.

 

For example, Slane Friary tells the story of Ireland’s earliest Christian myths and the story of St Patrick; Reginald’s Tower in Waterford depicts the Viking era; St Mary’s Church in Youghal is the starting point for recounting the story of the Great Earl of Cork; Millmount in Drogheda represents the Cromwellian era; Pearse’s cottage in Galway tells of the Gaelic revival; the Marian Shrine in the Liberties tells of the Power of the Catholic Church in the 20th century, and St Luke’s, Drumcondra tells of the rise and fall of the Celtic Tiger.

 

This is a different, quirky and accessible take on Irish history.

 

Ireland in Brick and Stone is published on Friday 21 September, priced at €19.99.
For further information contact Teresa Daly, Communications Manager, 01 500 9521, 086 838 3559, tdaly@gill.ie.



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