Ireland in Brick and Stone: The Island’s History in its Buildings
Out of print. Our last copies!
All but two of the buildings are still surviving and they offer us a very personal way into history by teasing out the context in which the building was constructed, the uses to which it was put and the people associated with it.
For example, Rockfleet Castle is a tower house in County Mayo, typical of a kind of building from the late medieval period to be found all over Ireland.
It was a strong hold from the Burkes of Mayo, into which family Grace O'Malley - otherwise known as Granuaile - married in the 1540s.
Ireland in Brick and Stone says very little about the castle itself but uses it as a chance to discuss the Burkes and other Norman settlers in late medieval Connacht, as well as the story of Granuaile herself.
Another example from more modern times is the small Marian Shrine in the Liberties in Dublin, built for the centenary of Catholic Emancipation in 1929, is used as a starting point to describe religions devotion and the power of the Catholic Church in 20th-century Ireland. This is a different quirky and assessable take on Irish history.
|Publication date||12 Sep 2012|