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The Myths, Legends, and Lore of Ireland [Kindle Edition]

Amy Hackney Blackwell
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More than 20 million Americans claim some sort of Irish heritage. But how much do you really know about this amazing country? Forget about shamrocks, leprechauns, and all that blarney--this book is a concise and authoritative guide that dispels the myths and tells the true stories of the Irish. Highlights include:

  • Who St. Patrick really was
  • The story behind "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
  • Scandals in the Irish church
  • Coming to America and the real gangs of New York
  • The spooky truth behind changelings, leprechauns, and fairies

Complete with an Irish language primer and pronunciation guide, this book is an informative pot of gold for everyone who loves the Irish!

About the Author

Ryan Hackney received his BA and MA in the History of Science from Harvard University. He has written for Let's Go guides to Britain, Europe, and Ecuador, and he edited Let's Go Ireland. He also got engaged in Ireland (to an American) and has an Irish-Canadian bulldog named Chaucey.

Amy Hackney Blackwell graduated from Duke University with degrees in History and Medieval and Renaissance Studies, with a concentration in the history and literature of the British Isles. She received an MA in Early Modern European History from Vanderbilt.


Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 382 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1440506078
  • Publisher: Adams Media (Dec 18 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GUSDGS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars A POT OF GOLD April 3 2013
By RJ Parker TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
THE MYTHS, LEGENDS, AND LORE OF IRELAND is a fascinating book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is an excellent history of Ireland. It relates how the feud started with the Protestants and the Catholics (Orange and the Green), the gaelic language, their culture, music and heritage. My grandparents came from Ireland and settled in another small island called Newfoundland in Canada. Newfoundlanders and Irish share the same music and accent. If ya got Irish blood in ya, you will love this book. Highly recommended...better than a history book.

Updated March 15..to the person who left a one star review - how can you review a book after reading only a few pages? The facts in this book is solid and you would need to read the book in order to appreciate this brilliant Irish history book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best read on the Fire March 13 2012
By TRHOC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is best read on the Kindle Fire. It does not have illustrations, yet it is chock-full of historical facts that just cry out for pictures. If you have a Fire, you can easily find those pictures on Google or Wikipedia as you read. If you're reading on a Kindle Keyboard or Touch, you'll be missing half the joy of the book. Fortunately, everything the author describes about Ireland's history is well illustrated on the net, so if you do have a Fire and get this, keep your lookup finger handy. In the first three pages I found 6 different things to look up, all of which were successfully illustrated on the net.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A POT OF GOLD March 13 2012
By RJ Parker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
THE MYTHS, LEGENDS, AND LORE OF IRELAND is a fascinating book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is an excellent history of Ireland. It relates how the feud started with the Protestants and the Catholics (Orange and the Green), the gaelic language, their culture, music and heritage. My grandparents came from Ireland and settled in another small island called Newfoundland in Canada. Newfoundlanders and Irish share the same music and accent. If ya got Irish blood in ya, you will love this book. Highly recommended...better than a history book.

Updated March 15..to the person who left a one star review - how can you review a book after reading only a few pages? The facts in this book is solid and you would need to read the book in order to appreciate this brilliant Irish history book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately Disappointed Jan. 7 2013
By booklove - Published on Amazon.com
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The title of this work is "The Myths, Legends, and Lore of Ireland," but there's hardly any of that in this book. And while the info presented was interesting, it had very little to do with what was promised. This book reads like a history textbook, briefly touching on the main elements of Ireland's religious, political, and ethnic culture without actually revealing anything beyond what's available on Wikipedia. I'd hoped the book actually had actual stories from Ireland's rich treasure trove of myths, legends and lore, but alas, I was ultimately disappointed.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Totally misleading title March 25 2012
By J. Russell - Published on Amazon.com
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Not what you think, the author mentions somethings but never talks about what the title discribes, it's like hey there was this guy who did some stuff and then hastily moves on. It deals almost explicitly with Irelands religious troubles and it skips around. Several times when your reading a sentence will repeat, giving you a sense of dejavu'. This book should have been called something like The trials, tribulations, political and religious discourse of Ireland; a skimming view into Irish History. That title would have been way more accurate and you would have an idea what you were getting.

Overall a poorly written and edited book with a misleading title, I gave it 2 stars because it is slightly informative. Lucky for me I got this book for free, if you pay for this you might be upset.
4.0 out of 5 stars Realy good book May 10 2012
By dylan w. - Published on Amazon.com
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Book title and author: The Myths, Legends, and Lore of Ireland
By: Ryan Hackney

While I read this book I wondered about how it was before it was settled. I said it was inhabited by mammoths and rain deer. They said there may have been an ice bridge during the Ice Age that liked Ireland to other continents. They are not sure how they got there only ideas.
Ireland has ties to the old Irish culture Celtic. Celts were in Ireland before St. Patrick had introduced Christianity. St. Patrick came to Ireland in B.C. 1400s. Later eras tell of kingdoms being formed throughout Ireland and how they would battle for territory. A general Conchobar feared trickery so he sent Cuchulain to the valley of the deaf. This way they could not here the fake battle cries. Another general Cailidin redoubled his efforts to convince Cuchulain the battle was nigh, and babd
As different religions popped up throughout the country monks had moved to Ireland. They built monasteries and stone towers. The stone towers allowed then to climb up to the top and watch their monasteries burn. Monasteries were also used as schools. Mainly boys attended these schools very few girls. Most of the time spent in the monasteries was used to study and work. Most monks were scholars.
This book is filled with tells of how Ireland was depicted from the time it was founded to the present day. Battles for the country, gods they worshiped, and tell of religion being founded. This book was split into sections to help the reader understand the time period.
I found this book to be very good. It was well organized and was very interesting for me. I like how this book was split up into sections of time periods. From early Ireland to present day. I never knew that St. Patrick had brought Christianity to Ireland.
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