Ireland: A View from Above

Ireland: A View from Above

by Christopher Moriarty, Antonio Attini
     
 
The vision when flying over Ireland is of green fields, tawny hills, silver rivers, blue lakes, and azure sea. Ireland is, above all, a land of contrasts, always changing and never dull. Perhaps something of this varied landscape has entered into the soul of the people. While there is ruggedness in places, country and climate are essentially welcoming and, above all,

Overview

The vision when flying over Ireland is of green fields, tawny hills, silver rivers, blue lakes, and azure sea. Ireland is, above all, a land of contrasts, always changing and never dull. Perhaps something of this varied landscape has entered into the soul of the people. While there is ruggedness in places, country and climate are essentially welcoming and, above all, romantic and mystical. This feeling stems from a timeless atmosphere and a sense of endless space. But that is only half the picture.

Irish people began to leave their mark on the landscape five thousand years ago, long before the pyramids of Egypt were built. They started with Newgrange, a stone temple on a green hill beside the sacred River Boyne. Then the Iron Age Celtic people built great assembly places, some of stone, and some, such as the renowned Hill of Tara, of earthen banks. These monuments became the scenes of legendary encounters between gods, monsters, heroes, and golden-haired maidens. A thousand years later, Viking traders established seaports at the mouths of the great rivers and inlets and these have grown to be the noble cities of today.

The capital city of Dublin spreads north and south along the River Liffey. At its western border lies the great green area of Phoenix Park. To the east are the docklands, enjoying a transformation from a land of nineteenth-century warehouses to a twenty-first century hub of modern buildings and leisure space. Between these extremes lies the heart of the old city, distinguished by its gothic cathedrals, classical University, and public buildings. You will find genial squares, terraces, and many green parks—the spaciousness of the countryside penetrates even to the very heart of Dublin.

Cities, towns, villages, isolated farmsteads, great country mansions, ancient castles, and modern churches all add to the variety of the scene in Ireland. The view from the air takes in all these layers and more—introducing the newcomer to a wealth of visual experience and providing the native with an alternative vision of their beloved country.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435103870
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
03/30/2008
Pages:
239
Product dimensions:
10.25(w) x 15.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Moriarty was born in Dublin in 1936 and studied Natural Science at Dublin University. His profession as an inspector of fisheries for the Irish government led to extensive travel throughout Ireland, giving him the opportunity of getting to know the country and its people first-hand. For the past twenty-five years he has contributed a regular column entitled Byways Rather Than Highways to the country’s leading tourist magazine Ireland of the Welcomes. His many books include Down the Dodder, an intimate study of the Dublin River and On Dublin’s Doorstep, a collection of his essays and photographs on the heritage and environment of the surroundings of Ireland’s capital city.

Antonio Attini was born in Turin in 1960 and has produced numerous photo reports in Europe, Africa, Asia, and America, which have been published by the world’s leading travel magazines. His photographs appear in the “Countries of the World” and “Places In History” series. Attini has been a member of the Kodak Gold Circle since 1994. In recent years he has specialized in aerial photography, shooting features from the skies of America, Africa, and Europe.

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