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The Back Of Beyond : A Search For The Soul Of Ireland - James Charles Roy

The Back Of Beyond

A Search For The Soul Of Ireland

Paperback Published: 1st May 2004
ISBN: 9780813391526
Number Of Pages: 232

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In "The Back of Beyond," James Charles Roy, a noted authority on Irish history and travel, escorts a disparate group of Americans through the lonely backwaters of ancient Ireland. Visions of a glorious enterprise evaporate as he sees a dejected and weary handful of aged tourists disembark at Shannon Airport. Fortified by Guinness, Roy hurls himself into sharing with them the joys and wonders of Ireland's twisted byways.Determined to avoid cliche, Roy leads his group to obscure Celtic coronation sites, monasteries, and remote abbeys as he spins a narrative that pulls Ireland's chaotic story into coherence. His unsuspecting charges begin to shed their hesitancies, relishing in their guide's idiosyncratic approach to Ireland. Black comedy aside, Roy touches an emotional chord: how the economic phenomenon known as the Celtic Tiger has transformed Old Ireland into a high-tech power. At the tour's end, Roy embarks alone for the inaccessible Ardoilean, a seventh-century Celtic hermitage in County Galway. His vision is one of an Ireland lost forever.

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"[Roy's] flair for black comedy and obvious passion for Ireland make this book a delightful read."

List of Photographsp. xi
You're Welcome to Irelandp. 1
Cleaning House, Cleaning Mindp. 9
Heading Westp. 18
The Bones of Omeyp. 25
Culture Shockp. 37
Martyrdomp. 42
Frontierp. 54
"Princes Do But Play Us"p. 65
The Rock and the Palacep. 75
"With Head Held High, I Will Touch the Stars"p. 84
Ashtownp. 98
Moyode Castlep. 112
"It's Getting Old She Is, and Broken"p. 129
Israelp. 138
Purgatoryp. 151
The Work of Angelsp. 161
Semenp. 174
"Dublin, O Dublin, Fumbling and Tumbling"p. 186
"Unnatural Insurrection!"p. 198
Saint MacDarap. 203
Loca Sanctap. 209
The Holy Landp. 213
Acknowledgmentsp. 219
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ISBN: 9780813391526
ISBN-10: 0813391520
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 1st May 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 15.3 x 22.7  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1