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EARTHING THE MYTHS
The Myths, Legends and Early History of Ireland
Daragh Smyth  


If you cannot because of Covid-19 manage to get across to Ireland for a summer break, then let this book be your destination for a substitute vacation.
In Ireland, the link between place and myth is strong, and there is no more enlightening way to understand the rich tapestry of Irish mythology, and its relationship to our true history, than by reading the landscape. Earthing the Myths is an engaging and exhaustive county-by-county guide to the vast number of fascinating places in Ireland connected to myth, folklore and early history.

Covering the period 800 BC to AD 650, this book spans the Late Bronze Age, the Iron Age and the early Christian period, and explores the ways in which the land evolved, and with it our catalogue of myths and legends. Smyth chronicles sites the length and breadth of the country, where druids, fairies, goddesses, warriors and kings all left their mark, in tales both real and imagined.

With over one thousand locations recorded, from Rathlin Island to the Beara Peninsula, Earthing the Myths breathes life into places throughout Ireland that find their origins in our pre-Christian and pre-Gaelic past, and shows that they still possess unique wisdom and vibrant energy.         Hardback • €29.95 | £26.99 • 386 pages •  245 mm x 180 mm • 9781788551359  

Daragh Smyth is a retired lecturer from the Dublin Institute of Technology and co-founder of Saor Ollscoil na hÉireann (The Free University of Ireland). He was in charge of the Erasmus programme at D.I.T., where he taught Irish Cultural studies to students from Europe, Australia and North America. Smyth has published two books with Irish Academic Press: A Guide to Irish Mythology (1996) and Cú Chulainn: An Iron Age Hero (2005).   On Sale Now: €29.95 | £26.99   Preview   Buy the Book   or Buy the eBook

3 comments

    1. Sorry Daragh. Irish Academic Press didn’t send a copy of the book, just the general details of what it was about. We would use a much bigger piece (and maybe even a picture of the cover and the author) if you sent a book to Bill Heaney, Editor, The Democrat, 39 Round Riding Road, Dumbarton G82 2HX. We thrive on material about Dumbarton and its environs.

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