I Never Knew That About Ireland is full of interesting historical information about the heritage, monuments, and memories of the island of Ireland.
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Author Winn divides the island into its four ancient provinces—Connacht, Leinster, Munster, and Ulster and then further divides these by county, making it easy for the reader to locate and identify the entries. Each entry provides interesting information on inventions, adventures, personalities, legends, and more about the people and places scattered throughout the island of Ireland. Black and white sketches by Mai Osawa add interest.
Want to find the largest hillfort in Ireland? It’s in county Clare and is called Mooghaun. How about the oldest licensed distillery in the world? It’s Bushmills in county Antrim. Do you know where in Ireland Amelia Earhart touched down on her transatlantic flight? It was in Gallagher’s pasture in county Derry. Upon alighting she asked a farmhand, “Where am I?” She had been heading for Paris.
At the end of each county is a section called “Well, I never knew this about county----“ where unusual facts are detailed. For example, did you know the red petticoats worn by the women of the Aran islands are thought to be the only genuine national peasant costumes in western Europe, or that Heywood gardens south of Abbeyleix were designed by world famous gardeners Gertrude Jekyll and Sir Edwin Lutyens.
This book will provide the reader with many fascinating stories to pique their own interest in Ireland, as well as provide great dinner table conversation pieces. The book will be of special interest to those readers who have visited Ireland or are planning on touring the island.
Author Christopher Winn is a writer, quiz master, and producer for theatre and TV. He lives in London and toured Ireland to research his book. He has also written I Never Knew That About England.
I Never Knew that About Ireland
Published Spring 2006
Black and white sketches
Ebury Press imprint, Random House, 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 2SA
Web: Penguin Random House
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