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The Myths, Legends, and Lore of Ireland by [Blackwell, Amy Hackney]
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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.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 571 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (Dec 18 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GUSDGS
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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By RJ Parker TOP 50 REVIEWER on April 3 2013
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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
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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
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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.
6 of 7 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.
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The History of Ireland March 18 2012
By Rebecca of Amazon - Published on Amazon.com
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"The Myths, Legends, and Lore of Ireland" is more about the History of Ireland. It is well researched and seems to be a fair and balanced account. You may be surprised to learn that the ancestors of the Irish came from Spain. You will also become curious about certain things like what Celtic metalwork looks like. A few pictures here and there would have added to the book but none were included.

Other interesting sections of the book include information on St. Patrick who brought Christianity to Ireland. There is also some information on The Book of Kells, Irish music, step-dancing, folklore, the Irish famine and Irish emigration.

Some may find the section on researching your family history to be helpful. There are also some good reasons why you may want to look for some Irish tea. Apparently it is of a very high quality. The book ends with some Irish proverbs.

I enjoyed this book and felt it was very educational. It helped me understand the history of Ireland and the causes of religious violence in the past.

~The Rebecca Review