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Brush Up on Irish History

Brush Up on Irish History

Katie Rhodes |

The cold days of winter have arrived, making it the perfect time to find a tome on your favorite Irish history topic and settle in for a read. Here are four suggestions to further your knowledge of the Emerald Isle and its storied past.

1/ Ireland – A History by Robert Kee

This book, which is in a new edition, presents a clear and thorough history of Ireland. Explore many of the facts about the country that have translated into some of today’s most fascinating tales.

2/ Malachy McCourt’s History of Ireland

Best-selling author, well-known actor, personality, and Irish-American Malachy McCourt gives a tour of the Emerald Isle in this book. From pre-Christian to present day, he tells the stories of Ireland with the influence of a range of notable figures from Bono to Oliver Cromwell to James Joyce.

3/ The Story We Carry in Our Bones: Irish History for Americans by Juliene Osborne-McKnight

Did you know there are more than 40 million people who consider themselves to be Irish-American? If you fall into this category, this book can help you to trace the steps of your ancestors from prehistoric times to the emigration to American to present day.

4/ The Atlas of the Great Irish Famine Edited by John Crowley, William J. Smith, and Mike Murphy

This comprehensive work examines the history, politics, and economics of one of Ireland’s most infamous events. Readers will become engrossed in illustrated maps, drawings, and documents that help to tell the story of the Great Famine in the mid-1800s.