In photographs and narrative, this lavish volume offers a real sense of Ireland and its people. The photographers, who traveled throughout Ireland to bring some classic images to these pages, give us cottages and castles, landscapes and street scenes in locations familiar and remote. The text, from a leading Irish historian and poet, is a wonderful read, both pithy and informative. With pen portraits of famous Irish sons and daughters, it is also a superbly evocative record of how ordinary Irish folk have lived through the centuries. Dáithí Ó hÓgáin, PhD, is an Associate Professor at University College, Dublin and the author of 20 books on Ireland.