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Traveller's Guide To Sacred Ireland : A Guide to the Sacred Places of Ireland, Her Legends, Folklore & People: A Guide to the Sacred Places of Ireland Through Her Legends, Folklore and People [Paperback]

Cary Meehan
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  • Paperback: 712 pages
  • Publisher: Gothic Image (3 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0906362431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0906362433
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 11.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 859,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ireland possesses a vast number of ancient sites but most of them remain unknown or forgotten, except by those who live nearby. This book offers directions to some 800 sites in both the North and South. There are simple sites that are still regarded as places of pilgrimage to the local people. There are also sites of national importance, holy mountains, lakes and rivers, churches, round towers, high crosses and cathedrals.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Way to Journey an Old Land 23 July 2002
Meehan's book allows you to enter, in both reading and information about sites, a long and rich continuum of Irish spiritual life. These come to life through stories gathered from those who have held them, the fairytales, the legends, the detailed descriptions of each site and its history, and the archeological information of various sites. She speaks about the energies of the various places, and importantly, how sites throughout the country and spread across thousands of years, are connected.
Arranged by province, and then by the sites within each province, the book is easy to reference, colour-coded and excellent for planning travel. The beautiful black and white photography brings individual sites to life. For anyone wanting to explore the rich Celtic and sacred history of Ireland and the Irish people, this book is one of the "musts" for your collection.
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Sorry that I give two stars.

Probably the book got wet, because many pages were stuck together. This resulted in damage to the pages. Pity.

Mrs. C. van Dam
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent field guide to Ireland's sacred sites 9 Oct 2003
By Kevin M. Roddy - Published on
I was driving in rural Ireland in late September 2003 and was very interested in locating sites sacred to pre-Christian people. The Insight Guide to Ireland had a few mentions of sites of interest. However, to my luck that I discovered this book (the last copy) in a small bookstore in Westport, County Mayo.
What a find! The book was *exactly* what I was looking for, and was most fortunate that I discovered it early on, as I was going to spend at least one more week in the country.
The author's attention to historical detail as well as her fine directions to finding the sites are most noteworthy. What I also liked was her bias-free and academic approach to the subject. Christians, as well as Pagans like myself, will find the book a treasure trove of information. Other reviewers have extolled the book's other virtues, so I will go no further, except to say--if you're interested in Ireland's prehistory, folklore and legends, this book is a must have. [I paid thirty Euros (approximately $35) and Amazon sells it for half that price! But I would pay 35 Euros again if I had to--it's THAT good.]
I hope you will be as fortunate as I was to be actually in a car with this excellent reference in your lap, deciding which of the many holy wells, towers, stone circles, castles, cairns, fairy trees, fairy mounds, and other places that you'll visit next!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful information well done! 9 Sep 2005
By Dale Overman - Published on
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I'm planning my third trip to Ireland this October. In the past I have bought two other guide books to help me see the sights. They were okay but missed many of the old "pagan" prechristian sights of intrest. This book takes you the the Hill of Tara and Hill of Uisneach for the druidic fires of Beltane and Samhain. It tells you about the history of Ireland and her people from the stone age till the last century. And takes you to many,many, standing stones and sared sites allover Ireland. If you follow the druid path or have a deep intrest in ancient Ireland this is your tour book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Sites; Directions Need Improvement 5 April 2003
By Amy Cook - Published on
Meehan does a wonderful job of documenting and suggesting sites to visit. The ones we visited (that we could find) were great! However, the sites which aren't 'signed' (ie. listed as having signs pointing to it from the main road) are diffcult to find. Even some of the sites that are 'signed' aren't signed well, or consistently. Sometimes you'll have to guess at a cross roads, and if you don't get to the site, you'll have to backtrack and take the other. The problem we had most often is that the directions say to take a dirt road for about 1/2 mile (bring your metric conversion charts since they use kilometers in Ireland) and walk across a pasture at a cow gate. Sounds like an easy thing, until you get to Ireland and realize there are 25 cow gates on that particular road. We also found an error on a road number, which would have put us at least 30 miles in the wrong direction.
My suggestion--get this book! It really is a great one to have to plan your visit. But also get an Ordinance map, and plan on asking directions once you get to the nearest village. In addition to getting correct and more detailed directions, you may also be told about other sites not mentioned in the book! Some of the coolest places we went were suggested to us by locals!
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Travellers Guide to Sacred Ireland 23 Sep 2002
By Sean O Gaoithin - Published on
This book is a fantastic piece of research. It is by far the best guide to the sacred sites of Ireland that has been published for many decades. The author Cary Meehan has taken a sensitive approach, bringing together the various strands of history, mythology, folklore and sarced tradition. Not only is the guide a comprehensive account of sites throughtout Ireland, it is a remarkable archive of images and up to date accounts of each individual place. There are excellent introductory chapters that set the scene of human history on the island of Ireland and concise accounts of the origins of the sub-division of the country into the four provinces. Although many of the sites have been previously recorded this guide is one of the most accessible accounts of a remarkably rich heritage of places of spirit and magic. This book is an important contribution to the understanding of the cultural/sacred landscape of Ireland.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE Guide to Sacred Ireland 21 Oct 2002
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Meehan's book is extremely rich in historical, architecture, legend, story and geographical detail. Some of the sites she writes about were unknown to anyone but locals prior to her writing. The rich diversity of sacred sites, from neolithic to pre-Christian through to the Christian; sacred wells, the vastness of Knowth and Newgrange, stone circles, stone cairns, sacred hills, etc. The black and white photography is beautiful, capturing the magic of these sites. The organisation of the book, by province (different colours for each) and then by county allows for quick reference when travelling. The detailed directions allows even those of us who get lost easily to find sites hidden in some field far off the road. A must to meet the richness and history of the sacred on this island.
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