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Cole, Memoir of Localities of Minerals of Economic Importance and Metalliferous Mines in Ireland. Cole, Grenville A.J. Memoir of Localities of Minerals of Economic Importance and Metalliferous Mines in Ireland. A facsimile edition of the Geological Survey of Ireland Memoir of 1922. Dublin, The Mining Heritage Society of Ireland, 1998. 15 cm x 23 cm. XXXX, 155 pages. Original softcover. Excellent condition with minor signs of external wear. Slight browning of page-edges. Clean inside with solid binding.

Includes the following chapters: Origin and Method of the Memoir and the Mineral Map / Antimony / Barytes / Bauxite / Copper / Felspar (Feldspar) / Gold / Gypsum / Iron / Lead / Manganese / Molybdenum / Nickel / Rock-Salt / Steatite / Sulphur / Zinc.

″Mining history and industrial heritage of metal and mineral localities throughout Ireland and known in 1922”(Amazon).

Keywords: Irish History, Irish Interest, Irish landscape, Metallurgy, Mining

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Cowell, Sligo: Land of Yeats' Desire. Cowell, John. Sligo: Land of Yeats’ Desire. Dublin, The O’Brien Press, 1990. 15.5 cm x 23 cm. 192 pages. Original softcover. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear.

Includes the following chapters: Preface / Map of Country Sligo / The Beginnings / The Coming of Christianity / The Middle Ages / downs and Ups / Sligo is No More / The Fenians and the Landlords / The Twentieth Century / Ireland’s Nadir / Civil War / A Family Called Yeats / ‘A Tongue to the Sea Cliffs’ / The City of Sligo – Tour 1 / More of the City – Tour 2 / The Circuit of Lough Gil – Tour 3 / Knocknarea and the Ox Mountains – Tour R / South Sligo – Tour 5 / The Barony of Tirerill – Tour 6 / Northwards to Carbury – Tour 7 / Westwards through Tireragh – Tour 8 / Epilogue: ‘By His Command’ / Index.

″John Cowell tells and relives the history, folklore and literature of his adoptive county, and takes the reader on eight guided tours of its scenery, relics and important buildings and places. Invaluable to the first-time visitor, this book will also delight those already familiar with the county, as it is a personal account from one who remembers the years of the “troubles” and grew up on the terrifying ghost stories and mind-bending superstitions of the Sligo people of W. B. Yeats’ era.” (Amazon)

Keywords: Irish History, Irish Interest, Irish landscape, Irish Literature, Irish Local History, Travel-Guide, Yeats

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Desmond, New Agendas in Irish Prehistory. Desmond, Angela (editor) / Johnson, Gina (editor) / McCarthy, Margaret (editor) / Twohig, Elizabeth Shee (editor). New Agendas in Irish Prehistory. Papers in commemoration of Liz Anderson. Bray, Wordwell, 2000. 17 cm x 24.5 cm. XIII, 231 pages. Original softcover. Very good condition with minor signs of external wear. Small creases on cover. Some yellowing of page-edges. A few highlighted passages.

Includes for example the following essays: Elizabeth Anderson M.A. (1961-1997) / Publications of Elizabeth (Liz) Anderson / ‘LIZ’ by Connie Kelleher / Hammers and shoeboxes: new agendas for prehistory / The utilisation of island environments in the Irish Mesolithic: agendas for Rathlin Island / Variation and context: ecology and social evolution in Ireland’s Later Mesolithic / Recognising regionality in the Irish Neolithic / Seeds and soils of discontent: an environmental archaeological contribution to the nature of the Early Neolithic / Frameworks for the megalithic art of the Boyne Valley / Hunting, fishing and fowling in late prehistoric Ireland: the scarcity of the bone record / The potter’s craft in prehistoric Ireland with specific reference to Lought Gur, Co. Limerick / Bronze Age houses in Ireland / Megalithic toms, metal resources and territory in prehistoric south-west Ireland etc.

Keywords: Archaeology, Festschrift, Irish History, Irish Islands, Irish landscape, Lough Gur, Rathlin Island, Stone Age

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Hall, Viking Age Archaeology in Britain and Ireland. Hall, Richard. Viking Age Archaeology in Britain and Ireland. Princes Risborough, Shire Publications, 1990. 15 cm x 21 cm. 64 pages including photographs and illustrations. Original softcover. Excellent condition with minor signs of external wear. Slightly shabby front cover. Inscription by preowner. Otherwise clean inside with intact binding.

Includes the following chapters: Introduction / Early Studies of the Vikings / The First Raids / The Scandinavian Settlement / The Development of Towns / Viking Age Art / Stone Carving / Runes / Silver Hoards / Graves / Epilogue / Museums and Sites / Further Reading.

″Richard Hall became interested in the Vikings as an undergraduate in Ireland, when he worked on the excavation of Viking-age Dublin and wrote a dissertation updating the catalogue of Viking material from Ireland. His doctoral thesis concerned the towns of the English Danelaw, a topic which required a study of museum collections, excavations and documentary sources for the Viking campaigns and settlement. While working for York Archaeological Trust he directed the five-year campaign of excavation known as ‘the Viking Dig’ on the site in Coppergate, York, where the Jorvik Viking Centre now stands. He was responsible for part of the academic input to the centre’s display and was co-author of the Trust’s Viking Ships exhibition in 1987-8. He lectures widely on the Viking age and has published extensively at all levels. He is now Director of Archaeology at York Archaeological Trust. ″ (Amazon)

Keywords: Archaeology, British History, Irish History, Irish Interest, Irish landscape, Vikings

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Jones, Temples of Stone: Exploring the Megalithic Tombs of Ireland. Jones, Carleton. Temples of Stone: Exploring the Megalithic Tombs of Ireland. Cork, The Collins Press, 2007. 22 cm x 27.5 cm. XI, 334 pages. Original hardcover with original dustjacket in protective Mylar. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear.

Includes for example the following essays: The Quest for Understanding / Antiquarians and Archaeologists / The Megaliths / The World Before Megaliths / The Idea of the Monumental / Building a Megalithic Tomb / Neolithic Society / Kinnagarns Lower court tomb, County Leitrim / Deerpark central court tomb, County Sligo / Monuments for Outsiders / Poulabrone portal tomb, County Clare / Mapping Neolithic Territories / Space and Time Transformed / The Cult of the Ancestors / Audley’stown court tomb, County Down / Journeys to the Otherwold / Breaking Through to the Other Side / Moving Through the Cosmos by Moving Through the Monument / Metgaliths and Nature / Cahirguillamore, County Limerick / Megalithic Landscapes / Knowth / Newgrange /Inside the House of Dagda / Dowth / The Last Megalithic Tombs / Lough Gur wedge tomb, County Limerick / The World after Megaliths / Sites Worth Visiting etc.

″Dolmens and burial chambers dot the Irish countryside and fascinate all. Once dismissed as `rude monuments’ shrouded in mystery, fresh archaeological interpretations provide new ways of understanding these ancient structures. This fully-illustrated book looks at the builders themselves, how the megaliths were created, the rituals that took place there and finally why people stopped building them. All key sites in Ireland are discussed with a list of the 100 `Sites Worth Visiting’ accompanied by photos, maps, and detailed directions for visiting each site.” (Amazon)

’Written with the layman in mind without forgetting that the serious-minded also need their diagrams fully notated’ (Sunday Tribune)

‘Written in a clear and lucid style but is also filled with interesting details concerning a broad range of topics and ideas’ ( Irish Arts Review)

‘Accessible text is enriched by superb photos’ (British Archaeology)

Keywords: Archaeology, Irish History, Irish Interest, Irish landscape, Irish Mythology, Irish Travel, Megalith, Megalithic, Newgrange

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Kummer, Ireland explored: an illustrated travel guide. Kummer, Ditty. Ireland explored: an illustrated travel guide. Dingle, Brandon Book Publishers, 1986. 20 cm x 27 cm. 184 pages including many illustrations. Original hardcover. Excellent condition with minor signs of external wear. Some spotting on endpages. Inscription by pre-owner.

Includes for example the following essays: Powerscourt Gardens, Enniskerry / Glendalough monastic site / Russborough House, Blessington / Wexford slobs / Tacumshane windmill / Hook Head / Knockeen Dolmen / Ardmore monastic site / Kilkenny Design Centre / Fota Estate / Cobh / A walk in Cork centre / Kenmare / Staigue Fort / The Skelligs / Gallarus Oratory / Miltown Malbay / The Burren / Aillwee Cave / Limerick city / Travellers / Thoor Ballylee, near Gort / Aran Islands / Journey to Portumna Casle / Croagh Patrick / Westport / Ancient sites and stories of Sligo / Lissadell / Lough Derg / The journey to Tory Island / Derry city / Dunluce Castle / Bushmills and the Giant’s Causeway / Ulster Folk Museum near Bangor / Cooley peninsula / Monasterboice / Newgrange / Dublin’s fair city / St Michan’s Church: history rewritten / The Quays, Ryan’s pub and ‘the Park’ / The Liberties / Museums / Georgian Dublin etc.

Keywords: Irish Castles, Irish History, Irish Interest, Irish Islands, Irish landscape, Irish Local History, Travel Guide, Travellers

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McCutcheon, Stone Wall Construction in West Cork. McCutcheon, Ivan (editor) / Rush, Conor (researcher) / Harty, Feidhlim (researcher and photographer). Stone Wall Construction in West Cork. Bandon, West Cork Leader, No date (c.2000). 14.5 cm x 21 cm. 31 pages including many photographs and illustrations. Original softcover pamphlet. Excellent condition with minor signs of external wear. Slight wear at edges of cover. Staple binding intact and pages clean.

Includes the following essays: Acknowledgements / Introduction / History of Stone Walls in West Cork / Wildlife Value of Stone Walls / Geology of west Cork / Appropriate Local Styles / Sources of Stone / Types of Walls / Patterns of Buildling / Dry Stone Walls / Mortars and Binding Agents / Special Stones / Bilding Stone Walls / Safety / Maintenance Matters / Builders on the Stonewall Conservation Course / Bibliography.

Keywords: Irish History, Irish Interest, Irish landscape, Irish Local History, stone wall

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Rynne, Technological Change in Anglo-Norman Munster. Rynne, Colin. Technological Change in Anglo-Norman Munster. Kinsale, Barryscourt Trust / Cork County Council / Gandon Editions, 1998. 17 cm x 24 cm. 31 pages. Original softcover. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear. Signed by the author. [The Barryscourt Lectures III]

Includes for example the following sections: Introduction / Animal Power / Water Power / Wind Power / Grain Milling / Textiles – The Woollen Industry / Mining and Metalworking / Some Conclusions.

″The third in a series of bi-annual lectures delivered at Barryscourt Castle in Co Cork. The Anglo-Norman period in Munster can be characterised as one of remarkable economic growth. Agricultural development was advanced enough to enable the widespread use of water-powered grain mills amongst all levels of early Irish society. On the basis of the archaeological evidence for the use of water power before the Anglo-Norman settlement, Ireland could not be considered a technological backwater in the early medieval period. Yet, while Anglo-Norman settlers would have found that the native Irish were accomplished millwrights, they had their own distinctive contribution to make, laying, as they did, the seeds of future industrial development in Ireland. In this book, the author outlines the extent of Anglo-Norman settlers’ contribution to the development of industrial energy in Ireland, with special reference to the Munster area. A glossary of technical terms is provided in an appendix. “Continuing the excellent series of booklets from the Barryscourt Trust, we have here a clearly written, well-researched and beautifully illustrated paper by one of Ireland’s foremost authorities on medieval and post-medieval technology and industry … The scholar, student and interested reader alike will find this book both informative and accessible.” – Maurice F Hurley, Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society “The third lecture, by Colin Rynne, is a fine study based on the author’s own extensive research.” – Irish Historical Studies

Keywords: Industry, Irish History, Irish Interest, Irish landscape, Irish Local History, Munster, Signed, Technology

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Somerville-Large, The Grand Irish Tour. Somerville-Large, Peter / Fiennes, Mark (photographer). The Grand Irish Tour. London, Hamish Hamilton, 1982. 19 cm x 25 cm. 320 pages. Original hardcover with original dustjacket in protective Mylar. Excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear. Clean inside with solid binding.

Includes for example the following sections: Newgrange; Loo Bridge; Kenmare / Killarney / Ring of Kerry / The Blackwater; Mount Melleray / Lough Gur; Doneraile; Kanturk / Galway; Ballinhinch; Clifden / Achilll; Newport; Balycroy / Bangor Erris; Belmulet; Killala / Cavan; Drogheda; Dublin; Glendalough / Ballyshannon; Glencolumbkille; Bunbeg / Strabane; Antrim; Belfast etc.

″Peter Somerville-Large’s intention was perfectly straightforward: he would wander slowly around Ireland during the course of a year. In a sense, that is what he did, but his Grand Irish Tour is something far more ambitious and far more satisfying. Unlike any other twentieth century writer, he has evoked the landscapes and townscapes, the people, and the the different memories which make up Ireland. He contrasts the present with what he knew as a boy, but he also draws on the diaries and records of eighteenth and nineteenth-century travellers. here is Thomas Carlyle in 1849, using stream of consciousness as if Joyce were already writing. Here is the bizarre Mr Atkinson, forever collecting substcriptions to his books. Here are Somerville and Ross in their governess cart; Mrs Delaney ensconced at Mount Panther; Thackeray fending off the appalling guides at the Giant’s Causeway; the intrepid Asenath Nicholson, hoping to combat Catholicism with true American fervour; the Chevalier de Latocnaye, exchanging the horrors of the French Revolution for the dubious comforts of Irish inns. And, further back in history, there is the extraordinary Don Francisco de Cuellar, A survivor of the Spanish Armada who wrote an account of his hair raising adventures.” (Publisher).

Keywords: Irish History, Irish Interest, Irish landscape

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