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"'there's stuff in here that would have taken St Patrick aback...Hibernia will stand astonished'" (Terry Wogan)

"a colourful array of Irish trivia...If you are holidaying in Ireland, this would serve as an amusing companion to a conventional guidebook" (Sunday Telegraph)

"'If you thought you knew about Ireland, think again...irresistible reading'" (Good Book Guide)

"'Chock full of fascinating facts, funny stories and exquisitely fine drawings...This is a fabulous book" (Hugh Montgomery-Massingbird)

"'A marvellously entertaining and instructive read - a compendium of facts and anecdotes that offers an exciting new kind of guide to England' Simon Jenkins on I Never Knew That About England"

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Bestselling author Christopher Winn takes us on a fascinating journey around Ireland, to discover the tales buried deep in Irish history. Packed full of myths and legends, firsts, birthplaces, inventions and adventures, this fact book visits each of the four provinces - Ulster, Leinster, Munster and Connaught - and unearths the hidden gems that each county in these provinces holds. Discover where people and ideas were born, where dreams were inspired and where the unforgettable figures of Ireland's past now slumber. You'll be able to visit the holy mountain, Croagh Patrick in Country Mayo, where St Patrick is said to have driven all the snakes in Ireland into the sea. At Lismore Castle in County Waterford you will uncover the bathroom dedicated to Fred Astaire, whose sister Adele was the hugely popular Chatelaine of Lismore in the 1930s and 40s. On the winter solstice you can bathe in the sunlight that fills the burial chamber at Newgrange, County Meath - the oldest solar observatory in the world. This irresistible compendium of facts and stories will give you a captivating insight into the Irish, and the ideas and events that have shaped the individual identity of every place you visit, and will have you exclaiming again and again: 'Well, I never knew that!'

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  • Formato: Versión Kindle
  • Tamaño del archivo: 6525 KB
  • Longitud de impresión: 331
  • Editor: Ebury Digital (31 de marzo de 2012)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Idioma: Inglés
  • ASIN: B007D1TMQW
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HASH(0xaa96dcfc) de un máximo de 5 estrellas For real travelers or dreamers 5 de junio de 2007
Por Armchair Interviews - Publicado en
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This is a different kind of travel book. Not a guidebook in the Frommer's or Lonely Planet tradition, but just as valuable for learning more about the country of Ireland. This book covers the four province of Ireland: Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster. Each county within the four provinces are featured. At the end of each section there is an "I Never Knew That..." section. Some things that I bet you never knew about Ireland:

-- In 1822, Richard Martin put through Parliament the first Animal Rights Bill and two years later founded the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

-- Rosslare has an average of 4 hours and 20 minutes of sunshine every day. (Living in Washington State, that sounds like paradise!)

-- You have heard of Stonehenge but did you know that the Grange Stone Circle is made up of 113 stones and is the largest prehistoric stone circle in Ireland (it dates from around 2000 BC).

-- The DeLorean (the famous car from Back to the Future) was built in Ireland and caught the eye of Hollywood producers.

--Sophie Pierce was the first woman to make a parachute jump, the first person in the world to fly solo from Cape Town to London and the first woman in Ireland and Britain to gain a commercial pilot's license. Unfortunately she fell out of a tram and was killed.

Winn has written a book with a warm personable tone. I felt as if I were listening to a fun friend who loved Ireland and knew neat trivia about each region. There is something for everyone as there are facts and stories about famous people, true crime, myths and inventions. Although color photos would have been nice, the numerous black and white sketches add charm to this book.

Winn is a writer, quiz master and producer for theater and television. He has also written I Never Knew That books about England, Scotland, Wales and London.

Armchair Interviews says: A wonderful book for trivia buffs and armchair travelers!
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HASH(0xaa9b16a8) de un máximo de 5 estrellas More than a few Surprises... 23 de abril de 2008
Por HMS Warspite - Publicado en
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2006's "I Never Knew That About Ireland" is a charming collection of anecdotes, stories, and a few tall tales about the Emerald Isle, by Christopher Winn. Ireland's long cultural continuity, its varied terrain, and its remarkable people are a source of all kinds of interesting items, ranging from stone tombs dating back to the dawn of Europe to some of the finest churches of the Middle Ages to some surprisingly modern firsts.

Winn breaks up his items by geographic area and further subdivides by county. The effect is a sort of travelogue around Ireland that visitors and tourists may find very useful in augmenting the regular travel guides. The book is nicely illustrated with sketches of some of the featured locations or items.

The effects of the Irish diaspora are on display here. U.S. Presidents Andrew Jackson, Andrew Johnson, U.S. Grant, Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy had relatives born in Ireland, as did Buffalo Bill Cody.

Some other samples: Belfast was once the home of the premier shipyards in the world (the Titanic was built there). The first trans Atlantic airplane flight ended with a crashlanding in Western Ireland, ironically, near the antennas that provided the first trans Atlantic telegraph service. Amelia Earheart completed her solo transatlantic flight in Ireland (to her surprise; apparently she expected to land in France).

This small volume is highly recommended as an entertaining and educational read for visitors, travelers, and friends of Ireland.
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HASH(0xaa9b8288) de un máximo de 5 estrellas Interesting read 22 de diciembre de 2007
Por Mary J. George - Publicado en
Formato: Tapa dura Compra verificada
Actually bought this as a gift, but did take time and read about places I had been in Ireland, think I will have to borrow it back after Christmas.
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HASH(0xaa9b8840) de un máximo de 5 estrellas a great Ireland read 18 de mayo de 2012
Por georgia - Publicado en
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I have ordered several books on the culture and history of Ireland. This one is alot of bang for the buck, truely beatifully written. Its a keeper
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HASH(0xaa9b8f78) de un máximo de 5 estrellas And I thought I knew everything about Ireland ! 28 de febrero de 2013
Por Susan Byron - Publicado en
Formato: Versión Kindle
As the author of an independent travel website about Ireland [...] I thought I knew quite a lot about Ireland, apparently not! Having lived here all my life and travelled the highways and byways of this very green and pleasant land, it turns out I have only barely scratched the surface in exposing the physical hidden gems, ruins, castles, fairy forts, holy wells etc. Christopher actually tells the stories behind many of them, which have obviously been very well researched, although you often get the impression that many a tall tale has been gleaned over a couple of pints of Guinness, locally. Which makes it even more of a delightful book for me and is my constant companion when touring Ireland, highly recommended. Susan Byron

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