OVERRIDE

I Never Knew That About the Irish

Christopher Winn; Illustrations by Mai Osawa

Thomas Dunne Books

Bestselling author Christopher Winn takes us on a fascinating journey around Ireland, discovering the traditions, triumphs and disasters, foibles, quirks and customs that make up the Irish people. From their peccadilloes to their passions he uncovers entertaining stories and astonishing facts that will amuse and inform in equal measure.

Travel from coast to coast across Ireland and learn how every county contributes to the distinct Irish personality in its own unique and different ways. From County Leitrim, the most sparsely populated county in the Republic of Ireland to County Louth, Ireland’s smallest geographic county, discover the site of the first play performed in the Irish language, sail the longest navigable inland waterway in Europe and watch the horse racing at Ireland’s first all-weather racecourse. Listen to the memories and tales of ordinary folk from every walk of life and find out from them what it means to be Irish.

I Never Knew That About the Irish is an irresistible book, beguilingly illustrated with pen and ink drawings. It gives a captivating insight into the heritage, memories and monuments that have shaped each county in Ireland.

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I NEVER KNEW THAT ABOUT THE IRISH (Chapter One)County Galway

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND’S LARGEST LAKE O’FLAHERTY’S CASTLE IRELAND’S THIRD LARGEST CITY A POET AND HIS DONKEY AN ANCIENT FISHING VILLAGE FRIENDSHIP RINGS IRELAND’S LONGEST RACING FESTIVAL GALWAY OYSTERS NORA BARNACLE THE CONNEMARA BUS

Roman Catholic Cathedral of St Nicholas, a prominent Galway landmark.

GALWAY FOLK

Richard Kirwan Robert O’Hara Burke Dan O’Hara John Ford Margaret Dolan William Joyce John Huston Peter O’Toole Francis Barrett

 

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REVIEWS

Praise for I Never Knew That About the Irish

"There's stuff in here that would have taken St. Patrick aback..."
--British radio personality Terry Wogan
 
"Written in a lively and highly accessible style...  The country you thought you knew contains more secrets than you imagined, and this captivating and charmingly illustrated book is an ideal guide to the heritage, history and humor of the Irish themselves." --Irish Voice magazine
 
"Will delight even the most-learned afficionados of Eire." --Celtic Connection
 
"A fascinating book of wonders. On each page there are little known facts about persons who are a part of Ireland's cultural heritage." --Irish American News

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Christopher Winn; Illustrations by Mai Osawa

  • Christopher Winn is the author of the bestselling I Never Knew That About Ireland. He is a writer, quiz master, and producer for theater and television who has written for many of England’s most prestigious papers. He lives in London with his wife, who is also his illustrator. 

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I Never Knew That About the Irish

Christopher Winn; Illustrations by Mai Osawa

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Thomas Dunne Books

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