With quiet roads, striking scenery and brimming with 5,000 years of heritage, north Leinster is a marvellous region to discover by bike. These thirty routes, exploring coast, lake, river and canal routes, vary in distance and difficulty and are graded to suit all abilities.
This lively account uncovers for the first time how great love songs came to be, and explains who the 'Galway Girl' was, or if there was a real-life 'Nancy Spain'. Learn the often surprising, sometimes bittersweet but always absorbing stories of the real women who inspired some of the world's finest love songs.
This is the inside story of Eoin Hand's time in football, from his start with Swindon Town at eighteen, through playing for Portsmouth and Ireland, to managing the Irish team. Along with anecdotes about top players and managers, he exposes the inner workings of the FAI and assesses its stewardship of Irish football.
Collection of stunning full-colour photographs by some of Ireland's finest landscape photographers, each with concise text, blending history, myth, and a sense of place. Many of the photographs were taken in the early morning light or as the sun set - the golden hour, which is favoured for its soft, diffused light.
There is something magical about the notion of a king on a small isolated island. Few would look at the ruins on the Great Blasket and imagine a king had lived there. Yet the King was a very forceful presence on this island. The last was Padraig O Cathain, 'Peats Mhici,' who served for about twenty-five years until his death in 1929.
Tells, for the first time, the full story of Tomas's life, with its many triumphs and travails. Also describes the forces that influenced his work and details his impressive legacy. More than eighty years after his passing, he remains the famed `Blasket Islandman' and, to paraphrase the man himself, the like of him will never be again.
Starting with Dingle town, Felicity Hayes-McCoy takes us on an insiders' tour, interviewing locals ranging from farmers, postmasters and boatmen to museum curators, radio presenters and sean-nos singers. Also offers practical information and advice as well as cultural insights that will give any visitor a deeper understanding of this special place.
This is the inside story of how Rob Heffernan's dream led him from the council flats of his tough Cork city upbringing to the winners' podium of the Olympic Games. It is also a frank chronicle of the sometimes nightmare-ridden journey it takes to make a dream come true.
The spectacular Dingle Peninsula in southwest Ireland extends westward into the Atlantic from Tralee to Slea Head. This guide takes you off the beaten track to explore this stunning landscape in a variety of walking routes ranging from short hikes to full-day treks.
The Beara and Sheep's Head Peninsulas lie in the southwest of Ireland, pointed fingers of land wedged between the Kenmare River, Bantry Bay and Dunmanus Bay. The wild and largely untamed nature of the landscape immediately casts its magical spell. There is no better way to explore and experience this stunning landscape than on foot.
The northwest of Ireland provides a diversity of walks, from the wild, untamed landscape of Donegal, with its mountains, sea-cliffs and glens, to the gentler hills, green valleys and picturesque escarpments of Sligo and Leitrim. Quality photographs and maps will inspire one to get the walking boots on and start exploring this majestic landscape.
These three peninsulas dominate the landscape of southwest Ireland. This guide describes exhilarating walks in each peninsula, with photographs and specially drawn maps as well as material on the fauna, flora, folklore, history, geology and place-names of the area. It will be the most comprehensive guide to the area to be published for some time.