In Search of Ancient Ireland
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In Search of Ancient Ireland : The Origins of the Irish from Neolithic Times to the Coming of the English

By (author) Carmel McCaffrey , By (author) Leo Eaton

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The history, archaeology, and legends of ancient Ireland from 9000 B.C., when nomadic hunter-gatherers appeared in Ireland at the end of the last Ice Age, to 1167 A.D., when a Norman invasion brought the country under control of the English crown for the first time. The book also looks at contemporary Ireland's connection with the country's past. Companion to the PBS documentary series. "Well-written...integrates the talents of distinguished anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians...Contains new and fascinating material challenging many myths."-Lawrence J. McCaffrey, Loyola University of Chicago.

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 25.4mm | 430.91g
  • 01 Oct 2003
  • Ivan R Dee, Inc
  • Chicago
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 156663525X
  • 9781566635257
  • 256,075

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Author Information

Carmel McCaffrey lectures on Irish history, literature, culture, and language at Johns Hopkins University. A native of Dublin, she founded the literary review Wild About Wilde. She has also written In Search of Ireland's Heroes. She is a Gaelic speaker and frequently travels back to Ireland. She lives in Mt. Airy, Maryland. Leo Eaton has produced, written, and directed television and film in Europe and the United States for thirty years and has received many of television's major awards. London-born, he lives in New Windsor, Maryland.

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Well-written...informative...new and fascinating material challenging many myths. -- Lawrence J. McCaffrey, Emeritus Professor of History, Loyola University of Chicago Your search for the roots of Irish history and culture begins here, with this marvelous book. -- Terry Golway The New York Observer Journeys across the centuries to explore fabled Erin's remarkable past and uncover the real story behind the island nation's rich global legacy. Irish Connections In bite-sized morsels that accommodate the busy lives of modern readers Search tells us about both the major figures central to momentous events and the daily lives of commoners. Richmond Times-Dispatch As much as can be excavated or deduced of ancient history is superbly featured with a wealth of fine detail in this fascinating and highly readable resource. Library Bookwatch ...A clearly recommended pick for anyone interested in an updated, scholarly research tool covering the latest truths about Irish history... Provides an important gateway to understanding early Irish roots. The Bookwatch ...An illuminating look at the new finds and scholarship and their place in Ireland's past... The deft and meticulously researched prose...brings ancient Ireland to vivid life. Bostonirish.Com A great story, interesting to read and appealing to anyone with an interest in Ireland...A readable history...poignant, not pedantic. -- Virginia Garnett Carroll County Times

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