Catharina Day's comprehensive guide covers all the regions of Ireland, from the raw, rocky coastline of County Cork to the vibrant city of Belfast, taking in the wild mountain scenery of Connacht and the windswept Arran islands on route. It captures the contrasts at the heart of modern Ireland, a place that offers a lively cultural scene and all the luxuries the traveler would expect of a thriving European country, but still retains its wildernesses and romantic charms. Cadogan's Donegal-born author uncovers the magic of her beloved country with humor and affection; alongside all the practical information travelers could ever need, there are sections on Irish music, the meaning of place names, tracing ancestors and the legends of the fairy people. Now in its sixth edition, it has been updated to include the most current listings, extensive touring maps and the lowdown on where to sail, fish, play golf, hunt, and ride.
About the Author
Catharina Day comes from a long-established Irish family, living in Donegal as a child and attending school in Derry. She is also the author of the best-selling Cadogan regional guide to Southwest Ireland, and has compiled an anthology of Irish literature.
Read an Excerpt
'The Fairy People are quickly offended, and must always be referred to as the 'Gentry' or the 'Good People'. They are also easily pleased, and will keep misfortune from your door if you leave them a bowl of milk on the windowsill overnight. Their evil seems to be without malice, and their chief occupations are feasting, fighting, making love and playing beautiful music. It is said that many of the beautiful tunes of Ireland are theirs, remembered by mortal eavesdroppers. The story is that Carolan, the last of the great Irish bards, slept on a rath which, like the many prehistoric standing stones in Ireland, had become a fairy place in folk tradition, and forever after the fairy music ran in his head and made him the great musician he was.'
Table of Contents
(1) Photo Essay (2) Introduction (3) History (4) Topics (5) Religion (6) Food and Drink (7)Travel (8) Practical A-Z (9) The Province of Munster (10) The Province of Connacht (11) The Province of Ulster (12) The Province of Leinster (13) The Old Gods and Heroes (14) Stone Circles to Castles (15) Language (16) Further Reading (17) Index (18) Color Maps