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101 Things You Didn't Know about Irish History: The People, Places, Culture, and Tradition of the Emerald Isle Kindle Edition
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Irish people all over the world dream of this beautiful smell! It evokes home, safety, security. It is one of my favourite smells ever. I even bring little pieces back to England to burn on the patio heater just to get a little 'fix' of Ireland when I am away. (No open fire here in London).
This faux pas has weakened my faith in the rest of the book - if he can make such a massive error, how reliable is the rest of the information?
Having said that, it is easy to read and given his credentials I am sure his history is sound...and he seems like a nice man....and I'm sure he means well.....but peat is 'foul smelling'.... I cannot get past that!!
It is full of terms like 'a downfall of Ireland's traditional population', when the protestant portion of Ireland becomes dominant over the Catholic and, throughout, treats the Catholic portion as 'true Irish' and the protestant portion as crypto-English. It claims that the slaughter of the protestants by the Ulster catholics in 1641, where they turned on the neighbours and killed around 5,000 (the authors say 2,000 to 150,000. Why?) of them with no direct provocation, was tinged by 'English' propaganda. Shocklingly they called it a 'massacre'! The cruel campaign of Cromwell at the end of the wars this not-a-massacre initiated, however, was obviously untained by exaggeration of propaganda, so much so that the authors are able to list 6 completely true and unexaggerated horrors.
And so it continues. Its odd because all the Irish I know are aware of the humbuggery, of the legend forming of the 19th century nationalists, as are the authors of this book, as they show by then occasional remark and by avoiding some of the more egregious nonsense put about. But somehow you can't admit it in public; like being gay twenty years ago, no one cares but, if you come out with it, it is shocking even if true.Read more ›
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Bought for my grandad who recently passed, he thoroughly enjoyed this book - thanks Ryan!Published 1 month ago by KIRSTY DEVLIN
Interesting read , language very simple and obviously written for an American audience but know a lot more now than I did before this little bookPublished 8 months ago by Kimpy
For any one who does not no anything about Ireland great readPublished 12 months ago by mr leonard bridger
A very good read and it did reveal stuff I didn't know, worth the buyPublished 17 months ago by Paul Twomey
Learned lots of things that I had not known about. Very interesting.Published 17 months ago by elaine Potters Bar
Bit long winded written by an American Irish writer and is a bit airy fairyPublished 18 months ago by A P O'Kane