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Ancient Ireland: Exploring Irish Historic Monuments [Hardcover]

Tarquin Blake , Fiona Reilly
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8 Oct 2013
Carrowkeel Passage Tomb in Sligo is an extensive Neolithic passage tomb undisturbed since its excavation in 1911. Robert Praeger, one of the excavators, described being one of the first to enter the tomb: 'I lit three candles and stood awhile, to let my eyes accustom themselves to the dim light. There was everything, just as the last man had left it, three to four thousand years before.' On an isolated hillside the tomb is in almost the same undisturbed condition today. Ireland is rich in such monuments and buildings that preserve the stamp of the past. Here, Tarquin Blake and Fiona Reilly explore and document 150 Irish heritage sites across the thirty-two counties. These range from megalithic tombs to round towers, monasteries, castles and ancient churches to the more recent Martello towers and windmills. An engrossing catalogue of remarkable heritage sites is revealed. Each site has an intriguing past and is illustrated with Blake's trademark photographs. Maps and GPS co-ordinates make these sites accessible to the public, from Brian Boru's Fort in County Clare to Moyne Friary in County Mayo.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: The Collins Press (8 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848891857
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848891852
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 22.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Vivid record.' --Irish Independent

'This is an anthology into which one should dip in and out. He thoughtfully supplies maps and GPS co-ordinates; everything, in fact, bar a flask of tea and a warm jacket.' --Sunday Times

'As handsome as it is hefty.' --Books Ireland

About the Author

Tarquin Blake, photographer and historian, is the author of the best-selling Abandoned Mansions of Ireland Volumes 1 and 2 and of the website www.AbandonedIreland.com. He has extensively explored Irish architectural relics and historical sites and his passion is unravelling and documenting a lost heritage. Fiona Reilly is Assistant Keeper of Irish Antiquities with the National Museum of Ireland. An archaeologist with wide-ranging experience, she has directed numerous excavations, many of which are published. Her interests lie in medieval church architecture and industrial and historic archaeology.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 29 Nov 2013
By Sue McG
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This is wonderful book full of amazing photographs with interesting and very informative narrative. Love how it is set out alphabetically by county, so making it easy to dip in and out of. If you love Ireland and its history, this is a book to treasure. Certainly makes me want to visit all these wonderful places, so grateful for map references.
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First the positive. The photography is beautiful and the pictures do inspire one to want to go and see the place depicted in person. BUT there are also negatives, the biggest of which is that there is rather less text than I had hoped for in a book with the word 'exploring' in its title, and particularly a lack of practical information for would-be visitors (location, accessibility, etc.) For that, can't help thinking that Damien Noonan's Castles and Ancient Monuments of Ireland is better, as well as being a smaller, softcover and thus more easily portable on excursions or holidays. I guess the two compliment each other, with Ancient Ireland the tome that sits at home to plan the trip and as a souvenir when one returns and Noonan the book that actually gets packed in your bag.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Ireland is excellent 8 Feb 2014
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Outstanding work - gives the reader access to the most out-of-the way interesting places with an informed commentary on each.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Book 30 Dec 2013
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An amazing guide to all the best heritage sites in Ireland. Fantastic photography and very informative. Map and GPS details included so cant wait to visit all these places myself. Bought four more copies to give as Christmas presents---everybody delighted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My mum loves this book 27 Dec 2013
By cj
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I sent this book to Ireland to my mum,
who thinks its a wonderful book!
She is someone who has visited many
of these places.
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