• Between the late 8th and late 11th century Viking warriors had a massive impact not just in northern Europe, but across a huge arc from the western Mediterranean round through northern Europe and the Baltic to the Middle East and Central Asia. Their success depended in part on their skills in battle, their unique sense of strategic mobility, and on the quality of their weapons and equipment. Written by an expert on early medieval weaponry, this book examines the weapons of the typical Viking warrior, dispels some of the myths of the popular image, such as double-headed axes, and considers the range of weapons that actually underpinned the Vikings' success including bows and arrows. Drawing upon contemporary literary and historical accounts from the North Atlantic to the Arab world, surviving examples of weapons and armour, and practical experimentation and reconstructions by modern weapon-smiths and re-enactors, this study casts new light on how Viking weapons were made and used in battle.
  • First mentioned by name in AD 297, the Picts inhabited Northern Britain from the end of the 3rd century AD to the 9th. They rose to power in the devastation following Emperor Septimus Severus's repression of the Caledonians in AD 208, and dominated Northern Britain for over 500 years, before vanishing mysteriously. The Picts represent a high point of Celtic civilisation, remaining free and unconquered beyond the borders of the Roman world, and rising to become the first barbarians to form a recognisable 'nation'. This title takes a detailed look at their origins, and examines Pictish heroic and warrior society, covering education and training, appearance and equipment, the status of women, and the experience of battle.
  • In the 1st century BC, Strabo wrote of the Celts: 'The whole race... is madly fond of war, high-spirited and quick to battle... and on whatever pretext you stir them up, you will have them ready to face danger, even if they have nothing on their side but their own strength and courage'. This book gives an insight into the life of the Celtic warrior, and his experience of battle - on foot, on horseback, and as a charioteer. It also details Celtic society and studies the vital ritual nature of Celtic warfare, from the naked gaesatae to the woad-painted warriors.
  • Galloglass, from the Gaelic galloglaigh for 'foreign warriors', were mercenaries from the Western Isles of Scotland who fought in the retinues of Irish magnates from the mid-13th century until the early 17th century. This work looks at the clan and family structures of the galloglass, their performance in battle, their weapons and armor and how these were made and by whom. The unique fighting skills and tactics of the galloglass are also studied, as well as how they were organized on the battlefield and their command structures and systems of rank.
  • A Dictionary of Roscommon Biography contains 5000 individual entries which describe the careers of people in all fields of endeavour, including politics, religion, law, literature, journalism, business, trades, medicine, sport, engineering, painting, music and entertainment. At nearly 1000 pages and beautifully bound, this book is a must for anyone with an interest or connection with Co. Roscommon.
  • "Dear holy cleric,' they said, 'these old warriors tell you no more than a third of their stories, because their memories are faulty. Have these stories written down on poets' tablets in refined language, so that the hearing of them will provide entertainment for the lords and commons of later times.' The angels then left them."

  • 'A fascinating overview of the wolf in Ireland through the ages. Hickey redresses the demonization of this iconic animal.' – Ciaran Mc Mahon, Team leader, Dublin zoo Kieran Hickey is a lecturer in the Department of Geography, NUI Galway. He is the author of Deluge: Ireland’s weather disasters, 2009–2010 (Open Air, 2010).
  • The tragic tale of Deirdre and the sons of Uisneach, one of the classics of Irish literature, skilfully retold in graphic novel format by Colmán Ó Raghallaigh and superbly illustrated by Barry Reynolds and Audrey O’Brien. Tragic and moving, this companion volume to the award-winning, An Táin, captures all the richness of language and relentless excitement of the original Irish tale. English translation available at www.leabhar.com

  • This is the gripping story of Patrick, the slave boy, his capture by Irish raiders and his dramatic escape. The first Irish graphic novel, magnificently illustrated throughout, it is suitable for all readers from 10 to adult. An Sclábhaí won a prestigious Bisto Merit Award in May 2002. English translation available at www.leabhar.com

  • Gerald of Wales was among the most dynamic and fascinating churchmen of the twelfth century. A member of one of the leading Norman families involved in the invasion of Ireland, he first visited there in 1183 and later returned in the entourage of Henry II. The resulting Topographia Hiberniae is an extraordinary account of his travels. This accessible translation preserves the directness and lively storytelling of the original and includes maps, illustrations and notes.

  • A stunning graphic novel of An Táin, the classic tale of Cúchulainn, Queen Méabh and the cattle-raid for the Brown bull of Cooley. Written by prize-winning author Colmán Ó Raghallaigh, superbly illustrated by Barry Reynolds and produced by the Cartoon Saloon in full-colour graphic novel format, this is the fourth in a series of highly successful Irish language graphic novels published by Cló Mhaigh Eo. A full English translation is available at www.leabhar.com  
  • Letters Relating to the Antiquities of the County of Roscommon Containing Information Collected During the Progress of the Ordnance Survey in 1837, edited with an introduction by Michael Herity MRIA.
  • Beautiful, bespoke adult T-shirt depicting 'An Táin Bó Cuailnge' (the Cattle Raid of Cooley)

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  • Emania Vol.18 Bulletin of the Navan Research Group Focus on Navan (2000) Emania is the premier interdisciplinary journal publishing original research on Ireland’s Celtic past. The main focus of the journal is on the Ulster Cycle of tales, the ancient ‘Royal Sites’ of Ireland and the archaeology and environment of Ireland in the period from the Late Bronze Age until the Early Medieval period. (Please see below for full list of contents)
  • Emania Vol. 17 Bulletin of the Navan Research Group Focus on Munster (1998) Emania is the premier interdisciplinary journal publishing original research on Ireland’s Celtic past. The main focus of the journal is on the Ulster Cycle of tales, the ancient ‘Royal Sites’ of Ireland and the archaeology and environment of Ireland in the period from the Late Bronze Age until the Early Medieval period. (Please see below for full list of contents)
  • Emania Vol. 7 Bulletin of the Navan Research Group Focus on Dún Ailline and Ancient Leinster (1990) Emania is the premier interdisciplinary journal publishing original research on Ireland’s Celtic past. The main focus of the journal is on the Ulster Cycle of tales, the ancient ‘Royal Sites’ of Ireland and the archaeology and environment of Ireland in the period from the Late Bronze Age until the Early Medieval period. (Please see below for full list of contents)
  • Emania Vol. 6 Bulletin of the Navan Research Group Focus on the Dorsey (1989) Emania is the premier interdisciplinary journal publishing original research on Ireland’s Celtic past. The main focus of the journal is on the Ulster Cycle of tales, the ancient ‘Royal Sites’ of Ireland and the archaeology and environment of Ireland in the period from the Late Bronze Age until the Early Medieval period. (Please see below for full list of contents)
  • Emania Vol. 4 Bulletin of the Navan Research Group Focus on Haughey’s Fort (1988) Emania is the premier interdisciplinary journal publishing original research on Ireland’s Celtic past. The main focus of the journal is on the Ulster Cycle of tales, the ancient ‘Royal Sites’ of Ireland and the archaeology and environment of Ireland in the period from the Late Bronze Age until the Early Medieval period. (Please see below for full list of contents)
  • Emania Vol.19, 2002 Bulletin of the Navan Research Group Focus on Navan Emania is the premier interdisciplinary journal publishing original research on Ireland’s Celtic past. The main focus of the journal is on the Ulster Cycle of tales, the ancient ‘Royal Sites’ of Ireland and the archaeology and environment of Ireland in the period from the Late Bronze Age until the Early Medieval period. (Please see below for full list of contents)
  • Emania Vol.15, 1996 Bulletin of the Navan Research Group  Focus on Navan Emania is the premier interdisciplinary journal publishing original research on Ireland’s Celtic past. The main focus of the journal is on the Ulster Cycle of tales, the ancient ‘Royal Sites’ of Ireland and the archaeology and environment of Ireland in the period from the Late Bronze Age until the Early Medieval period. (Please see below for full list of contents)
  • Emania Vol. 13 Bulletin of the Navan Research Group, 1995 - Focus on the Origins of Early Christian Ireland. Emania is the premier interdisciplinary journal publishing original research on Ireland’s Celtic past. The main focus of the journal is on the Ulster Cycle of tales, the ancient ‘Royal Sites’ of Ireland and the archaeology and environment of Ireland in the period from the Late Bronze Age until the Early Medieval period. (Please see below for full list of contents)
  • Emania Vol.16, 1997 Bulletin of the Navan Research Group - Focus on Warfare Emania is the premier interdisciplinary journal publishing original research on Ireland’s Celtic past. The main focus of the journal is on the Ulster Cycle of tales, the ancient ‘Royal Sites’ of Ireland and the archaeology and environment of Ireland in the period from the Late Bronze Age until the Early Medieval period. (Please see below for full list of contents)
  • Emania number 5 Bulletin of the Navan Research Group, Autumn 1988 Focus on Rathcroghan Emania is the premier interdisciplinary journal publishing original research on Ireland’s Celtic past. The main focus of the journal is on the Ulster Cycle of tales, the ancient ‘Royal Sites’ of Ireland and the archaeology and environment of Ireland in the period from the Late Bronze Age until the Early Medieval period. (Please see below for full list of contents)      
  • The Co. Roscommon Historical and Archaeological Society Journal is a fascinating collection of articles devoted to the study of Roscommon’s past, both modern and ancient. With topics ranging from archaeology to history, folklore to heritage, there is something for everybody. Volume 11 - 2009
  • The Dysart Rural Men's Group was established in 2007 to provide a social outlet for men from the wide catchment area of Dysart, enabling them to meet in the local community centre and engage in various projects/activities. The men's group have left a wonderful legacy with this publication and is now to be added to their other projects which are showcased in this book. This publication is replete with beautiful photographs and captures 10 years of memories, friendships, fulfillment, achievements and community spirit.
  • The Co. Roscommon Historical and Archaeological Society Journal is a fascinating collection of articles devoted to the study of Roscommon’s past, both modern and ancient. With topics ranging from archaeology to history, folklore to heritage, there is something for everybody.
  • Cattle have been the mainstay of Irish farming since the Neolithic began in Ireland almost 6000 years ago. Cattle, and especially cows, have been important in the life experiences of most Irish people, directly and/or through legends such as the Táin Bó Cuailnge (The Cattle- raid of Cooley). In this book, diverse aspects of cattle in Ireland, from the circumstances of their first introduction to recent and ongoing developments in the management of grasslands - still the main food-source for cattle in Ireland - are explored in thirteen essays written by experts. New information is presented, and several aspects relating to cattle husbandry and the interactions of cattle and people that have hitherto received little or no attention are discussed. Michael O'Connell is Professor emeritus at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) where he has been involved in research, teaching and administration for over four decades. Fergus Kelly is a Senior Professor emeritus in the School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. His main academic interests are in early Irish legal and social history. ​James H. McAdam is an Honorary Professor in the School of Biological Sciences, Queen's University Belfast and head of the Crops, Grassland and Ecology branch in the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), Northern Ireland.
  • This volume is focused on the Roscommon module of the Medieval Rural Settlement Project. This is a preliminary publication mainly examining the issues of sources and methodology. In focusing here on the area of North Roscommon, the Discovery Programme is attempting to advance an aspect of Irish medieval rural settlement studies that has been largely neglected by archaeologists: i.e. the study of the Gaelic lordships in the period after c.1170 AD.
  • This investigation considers the places on the Irish landscape where open-air Gaelic royal inauguration assemblies were held in the period c. 1100-1600. Specially designated inauguration sites played an important role in the political life of Gaelic lordships in later medieval Ireland. Gaelic ruling families often appropriated prehistoric ritual landscapes for their royal assemblies in order to attach the pedigree of a royal candidate to an illustrious past; such sites might be an alleged burial place of an eponymous ancestor or a legendary heroic figure, or an ancient landscape associated with renowned events. This study of their physical appearance, place-names, and geographical and historical contexts ranges over all the archaeological sites identified as inauguration places - enclosures, sepulchral mounds, natural places, ringforts and churches, and associated inauguration furniture in the form of leaca and stone thrones, basin stones and sacred trees. Irish royal assembly places and practices are viewed in relation to sites elsewhere in Britain and greater Europe, and the circumstances that brought about the ending of the Gaelic practice of inauguration are also considered. Author - Elizabeth Fitzpatrick
  • This is an A to Z celebration of Roscommon Writers, with work from Gerry Boland, Patrick Chapman, Jane Clarke, Margret Cousins, Bithia Mary Croker, Charlotte O'Conor Eccles, Percy French, Kieran Furey, Oliver Goldsmith, Hanna Greally, Kevin Hora, Douglas Hyde, Ann Joyce, Brian Leydan, Alice Lyons, Tomás Láidír MacCoisdealbha, John McGahern, Arthur Murphy, Turlough O'Carolan, M.F. Ó'Conchuir, Micheal O'Dea, Brian O'Dougherty, Seán Ó'Neachtain, Thomas Heazle Parke, Grace Rhys, Dermot Somers, Edward Synge, Marie-Louise Legg, David Thomson, Mary Turley-McGrath, John Waters and William Robert Wills Wilde. Foreword by Professor Mary McAleese. Contains a Literary Road Map of County Roscommon.
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