Erin go Bragh! Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic that’s the second-largest island of the British Isles and the third-largest in Europe. Ireland is the home of leprechauns, magic folk, dragons and Guinness beer. Dubbed the “Emerald Isle” for its lush landscape, the country is dotted historic landmarks, medieval castles, and tranquil landscapes that boast 40 shades of green. Saint Patrick is Ireland’s foremost patron saint. St. Patrick’s Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461). Steeped in rich history, Ireland is also a wonderful place to visit and get immersed in its culture.
I have visited many countries in Europe, but I haven’t made it to Ireland yet. I’m reading up on this Gaelic country and the following books are filled with tips, sights, and tales about Ireland.
Lonely Planet’s Discover Ireland is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Slurp oysters and clap your hands to spirited fiddle music in a lively Galway pub, explore medieval castles in Dublin and beyond, or set off amid vibrant green hills toward Atlantic coastal trails; all with your trusted travel companion. Discover the best of Ireland and begin your journey now!
Inside Lonely Planet’s Discover Ireland: Full-colour images throughout – Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests – Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots – Essential info at your fingertips – hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices – Honest reviews for all budgets – eating, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss – Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience – including customs, history, art, literature, music, politics, landscapes, sports, food and drink – Free, convenient pull-out Dublin map (included in print version), plus easy-to-use colour maps to help you navigate your destination – Covers Dublin, Wicklow, Kilkenny, Cork, Ring of Kerry, Galway, Clare, Sligo, Donegal, Belfast, Derry, and more.
I Never Knew That About Ireland
This charming and beautifully illustrated volume is packed with little-known insights into the history and culture of the Emerald Isle. Including:
*A tiny hamlet in Desart, Co. Kilkenny, was the birthplace of the man who designed the White House in Washington, D.C.
*Five Irishmen were awarded the Nobel Prize. Four, W.B. Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, and Samuel Beckett, and Seamus Heaney, were awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. The fifth, Ernest Walton, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics: he split the atom.
*The first transatlantic flight landed near the wild and isolated coast town of Clifden in Co. Galway.
* Ireland was, during the 18th century, the world’s largest exporter of butter
*The shipyard at Belfast was once the busiest in the world
*Van Morrison, James Galway, and Chaim Herzon (President of Israel) were all born in Belfast.
An Irish Country Cookbook
Told from the perspective of beloved housekeeper Kinky Kincaid, one of the cherished starring characters in Taylor’s An Irish Country series, An Irish Country Cookbook explores Ireland’s rich culture through its delicious dishes and stories of its charming people. These authentic tried-and-true family recipes have been passed down from generation to generation, and are the original comfort food for millions. Organized into sections such as: starters, soups, breads, mains, sides, sauces, desserts, cakes, candy and treats, and Ulster Christmas recipes, this cookbook brings the magic of Irish cooking and time-honored Irish traditions to life.
The ten short stories starring Dr. Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly, Dr. Barry Laverty, and the colorful village of Ballybucklebo will delight fans of the series and new readers alike. From starters to sauces, Irish soda bread to Christmas dinner, these memorable dishes will bring a taste of the world of the Irish Country books to every kitchen.
The traditional stories of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and Wales transport us to the fantastical world of Celtic folklore. Translated and transcribed by folklorists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the 16 stories in this compilation conjure forgotten realms and rare magical creatures in vivid prose. These timeless tales brim with wit and magic, and each one is brought to life with elegant silhouette art by Kate Forrester in this special illustrated edition.
This enchanting book is divided into four categories, Tricksters, The Sea, Quests, and Romance. The 16 tales that make up this handsomely designed collection are adapted from sources originally published between 1888 and 1929, now in the public domain. Full-page silhouette-style images from British illustrator Forrester open each tale, framed within intricate borders featuring fish, gravestones, dragons, and other thematic imagery entwined with Celtic knots. Witches, selkies, fairies and other creatures make appearances in the brisk tales, which tend toward light humor and happy resolutions. It’s an absorbing introduction to the lore of Albion, but readers will also enjoy teasing out similarities between these tales and more familiar ones. The Scottish tale of ‘The Black Bull of Norroway’ carries echoes of ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ while a clumsy girl named Ursula features in the Rumpelstiltskin-like story that opens the collection.”