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The River Shannon: A Journey Down Ireland's Longest River Hardcover – 10 Sep 2011
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About the Author
Aiveen Cooper's fascination with nature led her to study zoology in Trinity College Dublin. After this she travelled and worked abroad. She started to write in 2001 when working with the Royal Irish Academy. She recently completed a Masters in Science Communication at Dublin City University. She now works with NUI Maynooth and lives in County Kildare.
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This is serious, almost academic content which gives the reader a very full and satisfying understanding of the places along the river. Don't get me wrong, Cooper writes with detail and authority, but she has a light touch while makes it easy to understand.
Her informative text and observations alongside the beautiful photographs and images make one want to take another look at an area that Irish people may take for granted.
People visiting the area (and have an interest in local history or geography) will find this very valuable beforehand and an attractive memento afterwards.
Highly recommended for anyone remotely interested in the story of the current Shannon and its surrounds.
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.