Published in association with the Vintners' Federation of Ireland, a trade association of publicans, this book traces in intriguing detail the history of pubs in Ireland from earliest times to the present. In the first section, freelance journalist Molloy provides an overview of the licensed trade, which occupies an important place in Irish social history. The second section contains profiles of 100 pubs, arranged by province, that have been run by the same family for over 100 years. Only one Dublin pub falls into that category, but a list of Dublin pubs with historic architectural merit is provided in the appendix. Each pub listing is illustrated and accompanied by a short history. The index, which lists pubs by name, county, and province but not by town, might pose a slight inconvenience for tourists. Still, this book should be popular in communities enthusiastic about all things Irish.-Ravi Shenoy, Naperville P.L., IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.