Archive of: Ireland
An enjoyable and accessible read; informative without lecturing; relatable and entertaining; nostalgic but pragmatic; amusing and down-to-earth. It is part memoir, part social history, and part meet-your-food-producer. Farmers will nod their heads in agreement, rural dwellers will recognise their neighbours, and if all you’ve known is towns, then this delightful book will show you how your country cousins live.
This is a light romance set on the coast of County Kerry in Ireland. It is an escapist read, but has missed opportunities for giving it more substance.
The book brings together aspects of Ireland’s folklore, history, religion, social mores, prejudices, and the Church’s stronghold. It is about family ties, weaknesses and strengths. Above all it is about how lives change when other people take control. I was fascinated by the shocking historical aspects, but I enjoyed less the some of the characterisation.
Jonathan Bell and Mervyn Watson
I found this book to be completely absorbing. It is scholarly but eminently readable for anyone interested in rural Ireland and/or farming over the last few hundred years. The authors bring together their research from thirty years of working at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. They quote and reference work from historians (written and oral), anthropologists, novelists, poets, photographers and artists, and the history encompasses the whole of the island of Ireland (with a few forays into Scotland and England).