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Why Mythical Irish Places by Mark Joyce is an essential literary destination

Currach Books, September 2022


We are huge fans of Mythical Irish Beasts and Mythical Irish Wonders by Mark Joyce so we were delighted to see that a third book has been released. Mythical Irish Places takes readers on a tour of a hidden Ireland and uncovers the legends that lurk in familiar places.



There are lots of reasons to love this book but here are our top five...


1. It's an absolute treasure trove of information

It would be impossible to list all the fascinating discoveries, and anyway, that's what the book is for, but I learned so much about so many places. I loved how many of the locations are near my home, like the Hill of Uisneach, the cairns of Loughcrew (a favourite place to visit as a child) and the village of Ardagh. I was amazed to learn the grisly history of Leap Castle which is just down the road in Co. Offaly, and I can't wait to try to spot the sunken town the next time we're in Sligo.



2. It's perfect for anyone planning a trip around Ireland Whether you're a native or a tourist, this is certain to enrich any Irish excursion.




3. It's stunning This an attractive coffee-table book as well as an illuminating reference text. It's a beautiful hardback and the striking illustrations have echoes of traditional Celtic art but are remarkably original.




4. It makes a gorgeous gift I've bought multiple copies of the previous books to give to people and this one is another perfect present.



5. It's a fantastic resource for anyone looking to learn more about Irish mythology, no matter what their knowledge level Whether you want a gentle introduction or a more in-depth exploration, like its companions, this offers both. The entries are short but comprehensive and point readers to where more information can be found.



This also gets a bonus point for including a brilliant guide to the National Museum of Ireland featuring must-see highlights for every visitor. Another exquisite encyclopedia from Mark Joyce, Mythical Irish Places is an essential literary destination.



Mythical Irish Places was published by Currach Books in September 2022 - see this book on the publisher's website Thanks so much to the lovely people in Currach Books for sharing this book with us; all opinions expressed are our own.