Ancient Ireland: Exploring Irish Historic Mounuments

Ancient Ireland: Exploring Irish Historic Mounuments


By (author) Tarquin Blake, By (author) Fiona Reilly

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  • Publisher: The Collins Press
  • Format: Hardback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 224mm x 278mm x 28mm | 1,420g
  • Publication date: 28 January 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Cork
  • ISBN 10: 1848891857
  • ISBN 13: 9781848891852
  • Illustrations note: Colour and b&w photos
  • Sales rank: 308,848

Product description

Carrowkeel Passage Tomb in Sligo is an extensive Neolithic passage tomb undisturbed its excavation in 1911. Robert Praeger, one of the excavators, described being one of the first to enter the tomb: 'I lit three candles and stood awhile, to let my eyes accustom themselves to the dim light. There was everything, just as the last man had left it, three to four thousand years before.' On an isolated hillside the tomb is in almost the same undisturbed condition today. Ireland is rich in such monuments and buildings that preserve the stamp of the past. Here, Tarquin Blake and Fiona Reilly explore and document 150 Irish heritage sites across the thirty-two counties. These range from megalithic tombs to round towers, monasteries, castles and ancient churches to the more recent Martello towers and windmills. An engrossing catalogue of remarkable heritage sites is revealed. Each site has an intriguing past and is illustrated with Blake's trademark photographs. Maps and GPS co-ordinates make these sites accessible to the public, from Brian Boru's Fort in County Clare to Moyne Friary in County Mayo.

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Author information

Tarquin Blake, photographer and historian, is the author of the best selling Abandoned Mansions of Ireland Volumes 1 and 2 and of the website He has extensively explored Irish architectural relics and historical sites and his passion is unravelling and documenting a lost heritage. Fiona Reilly is an archaeologist with wide-ranging experience. She has directed numerous excavations, many of which are published. Her interests lie in medieval chrurch architecture and industrial and historic archaeology.

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'As handsome as it is hefty.' Books Ireland 'This is an anthology into which one should dip in and out. He thoughtfully supplies maps and GPS co-ordinates; everything, in fact, bar a flask of tea and a warm jacket.' Sunday Times 'Vivid record.' Irish Independent