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Ireland's Ghosts, Legends, and Lore

E. Ashley Rooney. Photography by Ciaran McHugh

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There's no clear-cut beginning or end between the conclusion of paganism and the beginning of Christianity in Ireland. The old gods lingered, but the Celtic Church was established, thanks to St. Patrick, by the fifth century in Ireland. Stirring Irish tales of demons and banshees, restless dead, and magical beasts were written down by Christian scribes centuries later. Christianity did not lead to happiness on this island, however. Its history has been dominated by its striving for independence from Great Britain. Its beautiful, but bleak, landscape of ruined castles, devastated abbeys, prehistoric stone circles, and foggy bogs contain many vengeful ghosts. Follow the ambitious Irish chiefs and the English kings, the family feuds, and the constant troubles with the English in over 30 spine-tingling tales. Reflect on the rich blend of Celtic myths and legends, and the worlds of fairies and leprechauns. When you read these stories, you will soon appreciate why the Irish have such a belief in the forces of the unknown.

Size: 6" x 9" | 34 color photos | 160 pp
ISBN13: 9780764345081

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Ashley Rooney has written Berkshire Ghosts, Legends & Lore, Washington, D.C. Ghosts, Legends & Lore, Lexington to Concord, Ghosts, Legends & Lore, Haunted London, English Ghosts, Legends, and Lore, Cambridge, Massachusetts Ghosts, Legends, and Lore, Empire State Ghosts Legends, and Lore, and Scotland: Ghosts, Legends, and Lore. She has also written many art, design, and architectural books, several books of postcard history, and one lone novel, It's Hard to Say No. Ciaran McHugh is a landscape photographer from Sligo in the northwest of Ireland. Living in and exploring this breathtaking scenery provide the motivation for his interest in capturing the beauty of Ireland. He has written many of the captions that accompany the images.