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Perfect for social studies classes, unit studies, or St. Patrick's Day expansion studies, this elementary book teaches students about one element of Ireland per page, including the land, life at home, school, crafts, music, holidays and celebrations. Photographs accompany clear text that will give students a broad introduction to the country. 24 pages, softcover. Ages 6-9.




Definitive Guide to Celtic Sites and Their SaintsDefinitive Guide to Celtic Sites and Their Saints
Elizabeth Rees

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Using literary and archaeological evidence, Elizabeth Rees has produced the first guidebook to 250 sites in the British Isles where Celtic saints lived and worked. The sites are listed alphabetically by area, along with accurate descriptions, history of each site, directions on how to find it and useful information such as sailing times or where to find the church key. 262 pages, softcover.



How the Irish Saved CivilizationHow the Irish Saved Civilization
Thomas Cahill
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This introductory volume to Thomas Cahill's "The Hinges of History ®" series, presents the reader with a new way of looking history through the "gift-givers", those who entrusted to our keeping one or more of the singular treasures that make up the heritage of the West. It covers the time period between the end of the classical period and the beginning of the medieval period, enabling us to look back to our ancient roots and forward to the making of the modern world. 245 pages with index. Softcover.



Malachy McCourt's History of IrelandMalachy McCourt's History of Ireland
Malachy McCourt
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Biographical vignettes are the skeleton upon which McCourt weaves his history of Ireland. Broken down into 16 sections, he uses famous Irish men and women to define each epoch, including Patrick, Brigid, Columcille and others; short and colloquial, each provides biographical as well as historical background from early legend through Bono. Instantly accessible with all the sense of a storyteller's recitation, this is a unique lens through which to view Ireland's long history. 400 pages, paperback.


The Genius of Guinness: The Enduring Legacy of an Irish DynastyThe Genius of Guinness: The Enduring Legacy of an Irish Dynasty
Michele Guinness
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Most people know of the Guinness dynasty through their brand of beer that's almost synonymous with Ireland. But what is less known is the story of the brewer's cousins, teetotaler Henry Grattan Guinness, who left his earthly inheritance to preach the gospel to thousands. In turn, his children and descendants have risked disease and death to go to unknown lands, protesting the treatment of the nationals in colonized lands. This fascinating glimpse into one families life spans the Guinness family's rise to its tragedies, fame to reversals of fortune. 251 pages, softcover.

The Book of KellsThe Book of Kells
Bernhard Meehan
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The Book of Kells is the most spectacular of a group of manuscripts created in Ireland and northern Britain between the seventh and tenth centuries, a period when Irish monasticism was in the vangaurd of Christian culture. Its earliest history remains controversial but it was in the keeping of the monastery of Kells, Co.Meath, for most of the Middle Ages--hence its name--and has been in the library of Trinity College Dublin, since the mid-seventeenth century. It is a masterpiece of medieval art--a brilliantly decorated copy of the four Gospels with full-page illustrations of Christ, the Virgin and Child and the Evangelists, and a wealth of smaller decorative painting that does not always relate to the sacred text. The strange imagination displayed in the pages, the impeccable technique and the very fine state of its preservation make it an object of endless fascination.
This edition includes the most important of the fully decorated pages plus a series of enlargements showing the almost unbelievable minuteness of the detail--spiral and interlace patterns, human and anaimal ornament--a combination of high seriousness and humor. Accompanying the illustrations is a new, up-to-date text by Bernard Meehan, the current Keeper of Manuscripts at Trinity College Dublin. It provides a scholarly analysis of these exuberant inventions, the artists, the text and the writing, and a full account of the historical background to the miraculous world of the book Kells.

Irish Legends DVDIrish Legends DVD
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This revealing program shows that the search for the Celtic Gods of Britian is an extremely difficult task. Their origins are shrouded in mystery, but they are kept alive in a series of enduring stories. This program presents many of these stories, which have been passed down from generation to generation.

Features: Vercingetorix, Arvemi Warrior; Queen Boudica of the Iceni; Cuchulainn; The Death of Connla; The Cattle Raid of Cooley; Cuchulainn and Ferdia; Fionn mac Cumhail. Running time: 50 minutes.

101 Things You Didn't Know About Irish History101 Things You Didn't Know About Irish History
Ryan Hackey, Amy Hackney Blackwell
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Explore the folklore and history of Ireland as well as the impact of Christianity, divided into 101 easy-to-read essa, ys. Gifty paperback with glossy cover; ideal to read before traveling to Ireland, or to beef up on your history of the Emeral Isle. 244 pages; indexed.

Isle of the SaintsIsle of the Saints
Lisa Bitel

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Isle of the Saints recreates the harsh yet richly spiritual world of medieval Irish monks on the Christian frontier of barbarian Europe. Lisa Bitel draws on accounts of saints' lives written between 800 and 1200 to explain, from the monks' own perspective, the social networks that bound them to one another and to their secular neighbors.

The Life of St. ColumbaThe Life of St. Columba
Adomnan of Iona
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Founding father of the famous monastery on the island of Iona, a site of pilgrammage ever since his death in 597, St. Columba was born into one of the ruling families in Ireland at a time of immense expansion for the Irish Church. This account of his life, written by Adomnan- the ninth abbot of Iona, and a distant relative of St. Columba-describes his travels from Ireland to Scotland and his mission in the cause of Celtic Christianity there. Composed 100 years after his death, it draws on written and oral traditions to depict a wise abbot among his monks, who like Christ was capable of turning water into wine, controlling sea-storms and raising the dead. An engaging account of one of the central figures in the "Age of Saints" this is a major work of early Irish and Scottish history.



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