A Tapestry that Weaves a Warp and Weft of History and Place,
This review is from: The River Shannon: A Journey Down Ireland's Longest River (Hardcover)
With a light hand the author leads us on a journey, from the source of Ireland's greatest river, down it's length and through its secrets and stories to where its waters are finally released to the sea.
Aiveen writes in a beautifully easy to read style that weaves the sights and sounds she experienced on her journey down the Shannon with the stories and history of the river, its lakes and surroundings. Part guide book, history book, zoology textbook and coffee table photo-book Aiveen manages to teach us about the the things to see and do along the Shannon, the history of the river and the wars made over her, the animals and plants of the river and the industry and engineering that are part and parcel of the river and its course.
My own family has a long history on the river both around Lough Ree and Limerick city and I was delighted to both recognise the river I love in this book and learn more about her.
So whether new to the river, planning to visit it or an old hand I think there will be something in this book for everyone. Just hope that, should your travels take you to the Shannon estuary, you don't meet one of the dolphins Aiveen describes in the final chapter.