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I Never Knew That About Ireland

I Never Knew That About Ireland

by Christopher Winn
I Never Knew That About Ireland

I Never Knew That About Ireland

by Christopher Winn


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A fascinating journey through the lesser known details of Irish history

Packed full of myths, legends, inventions, and adventures, I Never Knew That About Ireland visit’s each of the island’s four provinces, unearthing hidden gems of history. Discover where ideas were born, where dreams were inspired, and where unforgettable figures from Ireland's past now slumber. Did you know...

• That the holy mountain Croagh Patrick is where St Patrick is said to have driven all the snakes in Ireland into the sea?
• That the burial chamber at Newgrange is the oldest solar observatory in the world?
• That there is a bathroom in Lismore Castle dedicated to Fred Astaire?
• That Coca Cola began its path toward success on the Emerald Isle?
• That the designs for the White House, the Sydney opera house, and the Louvre Pyramid sprang from the minds of Irishmen?

Famous for their culture, the Irish are full of facts and stories you never knew. This compendium sheds light on those little-known historical gems, giving captivating insight into Ireland, its people, and its past. A perfect companion for an Irish vacation, for reminiscing on past visits, or for those whose hearts have never left, this book will have you exclaiming again and again: "Well, I never knew that!"

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250088574
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 981,848
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Christopher Winn is the author of numerous "I Never Knew That About" books, covering the people and places of the British Isles (as well as New York). He is a writer, quiz master, and producer for theater and television who has written for many of England's most prestigious papers. He lives in London with his wife, who is also his illustrator.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Map of Ireland x

The Provinces and Counties of Ireland 1


Galway 5

Leitrim 16

Mayo 20

Roscommon 29

Sligo 36


City of Dublin 45

Carlow 54

Dublin 61

Kildare 67

Kilkenny 77

Laois 84

Longford 90

Louth 98

Meath 105

Offaly 114

Westmeath 120

Wexford 130

Wicklow 138


Clare 149

Cork 158

Kerry 171

Limerick 182

Tipperary 190

Waterford 199


Belfast 211

Antrim 221

Armagh 234

Cavan 241

Derry 248

Donegal 256

Down 265

Fermanagh 272

Monaghan 278

Tyrone 284

Gazetteer 291

Index of People 297

Index of Places 303

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