Books Ireland

Now in its 39th year, Books Ireland takes on a new, fresh and extended format with Wordwell Ltd., publishers of History Ireland and Archaeology Ireland magazines.

Buy this digital version of Books Ireland today:
• Keep up to date with honest, thoughtful and measured reviews—our reviews and articles are substantial enough to be taken seriously, as they should be, but not too wordy or academic.
• Meet fellow book club members and find out what they are reading.
• Be ‘in the know’ about just published and to be published books.
• Regular features, news and events.
• Take a glimpse into Ireland’s library collections and find out about Ireland’s rich antiquarian
book collections—all to come over the coming months.
US$ 8.20
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Gaelic Ireland (c.600-c. 1700): politics, culture and landscapes

Studies for the 'Irish Cheifs' Prize
‘Gaelic Ireland’, in this anthology, applies to the entire range of the period in which
Irish was the dominant language of a large portion of both the ruling classes of
Ireland and the Irish population at large, from the fifth century to the Battle of
Aughrim in 1691. It encompasses not only the political history of the period but
also the wider culture, literature, law, beliefs and traditions of Ireland. Regrettably,
this is an aspect of the Irish experience that has often been neglected at university
level, particularly with regard to the period following the advent of the Anglo- and
Cambro-Normans in the late twelfth century.
US$ 34.80

The Battle of Kinsale

The defeat of the Irish troops in the battle of Kinsale at the end of December 1601 marked the beginning of a cataclysmic epoch in Irish history and represented the dawn of an era when the attempted eradication of everything Gaelic was set in train. Within six years of the battle of Kinsale most of the greatest Irish taoisigh (lords), including the O’Neills, the O’Donnells, their allies the Maguires, the O’Sullivans and the O’Driscolls, had been forced to leave their ancestral lordships and flee the country, in what was euphemistically called ‘the Flight of the Earls’, leaving the Irish people almost leaderless and exhausted from war and conflict.
US$ 41.75

The Prehistoric Archaeology of Ireland

Half a million years ago, when Britain was a peninsula of continental Europe, a small hunting
group of early humans occupied the area around Boxgrove, near Chichester in west Sussex, in
southern England. A shin bone and two teeth of an adult individual, an exceptional find at such an early date, show that these people belonged to a species named Homo heidelbergensis who were the ancestors of both Homo sapiens, anatomically modern humans, and Homo neanderthalensis, the Neanderthals.
US$ 55.65
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Towers, Spires & Pinnacles

There are a number of worthy books dealing specifically with church architecture in
Ireland, of which The cathedrals of Ireland by Peter Galloway and The churches and abbeys
of Ireland by Brian de Breffny and George Mott are among the best. There are also
those which deal with a particular church, such as A history of Christ Church Cathedral,
edited by Kenneth Milne. However, there is no single volume telling the story of the
churches and cathedrals of the Church of Ireland and the aim of this book is to fill that
In 2000 there were approximately 1100 churches still open for worship (650 in the
Republic and 450 in Northern Ireland). These range from the medieval cathedrals and
ancient parish churches in the care of the Church of Ireland since the Reformation to
the medley of new churches built in eastern Ulster during the second half of the
twentieth century. Except for the medieval period it is not possible to include them all,
and many beautiful, well-loved and well-cared-for churches have had to be omitted.
Only a brief description of those chosen is possible, and as a result the large cathedrals
receive more or less the same space as an interesting but little-known country church.
The former are, in any event, already well documented.
US$ 27.85