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Inveterate traveler Yeadon takes readers on a trip to a remote part of Ireland that he considers one of the last places in the country where one can see the "real Ireland." Ireland's membership in the European Union has brought greater wealth to the country but has also led to a McDonaldization of the image most of us have of the Emerald Isle. It's still beautiful, but a lot of it is commercial. Yeadon and his wife travel beyond the usual haunts of Dublin, Kerry, and Killarney to the Beara Peninsula located on the southwest coast in County Cork. Tourism has reached this area, and it's widely known for its comfortable hotels, authentic pubs, and spectacular scenery, but Yeadon and his wife take to the backroads of Beara, exploring it during every season of the year and coming to love its people as well as its places. For a relaxed look at a still largely untrammeled part of Ireland, this volume of armchair travel is recommended for large and medium-sized libraries.
—Joseph L. Carlson