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The History and Topography of Ireland – Gerald of Wales (trans. John J. O’Meara)

12.00

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.

Festival Pin Set

38.00

Festival Pin Set –

Mark Ireland’s Cross Quarter Festivals with these colourful enamel pin gift sets representing Imbolc, Bealtaine, Lúnasa and Samhain. Beautifully illustrated by Catherine Geaney of Nine Arrow, each pin is 32mm x 32mm, with silver plating and a metal clutch.

Festival Pin – Bealtaine

10.00

Festival Pin – Imbolc

Colourful, Solar Cross pin, marking the Summer festival of Bealtaine.

Each pin is 32mm x 32mm, with silver plating and a metal clutch.

Festival Pin – Lúnasa

10.00

Festival Pin – Lúnasa

Colourful,decorative pin, marking the harvest festival of Lúnasa.

Each pin is 32mm x 32mm, with gold plating and a metal clutch.

Festival Pin – Imbolc

10.00

Festival Pin – Imbolc

Colourful, Solar Cross pin, marking the Spring festival of Imbolc.

Each pin is 32mm x 32mm, with silver plating and a metal clutch.

Festival Pin – Samhain

10.00

Festival Pin – Samhain

Beautiful image of the Cailleach, to represent the Winter months.
Each pin is 32mm x 32mm, with silver plating and a metal clutch.

A Dictionary of Roscommon Biography - Michael T. LennonA DICTIONARY OF ROSCOMMON BIOGRAPHY – MICHAEL T. LENNON

A Dictionary of Roscommon Biography (Digital Version) – Michael T. Lennon

10.00

This DIGITAL VERSION of ‘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 and is a must for anyone with an interest or connection with Co. Roscommon.

Upon your purchase of this digital copy, Rathcroghan Visitor Centre will forward your contact details to the author, who will then personally email your electronic copy in PDF format.*

*please note that by purchasing this version, you agree to the sharing of your contact details with the author Mike Lennon in order to facilitate the file transfer.

Ancient Folk Tales of Ireland

20.00

Ancient Folk Tales of Ireland

(by Douglas Hyde, illustrated by Paul Bolger)

Over one hundred and twenty years ago a young man set about collecting Irish folk tales before they were lost forever. He taught himself Irish so that he could write the stories down as they were told, by storytellers beside the fire, word for word.  Ancient Folk Tales of Ireland contains six of those stories, each brought to life with stunning illustrations.

That young man was Douglas Hyde, he would become one of Ireland’s finest scholars, working to preserve Ireland’s ancient heritage for future generations. In later life he would become Ireland’s first president but he is equally remembered for the wonderful stories he helped to keep alive.

Beautifully illustrated by Paul Bolger, this collection is based on those stories collected by Douglas Hyde.

 

The Landed Estates Of County Roscommon – 2nd edition

30.00

The Author, Paul Connolly is the administrator for the very popular Facebook page that shares its name with this publication. He published the first edition of this book ‘The Landed Estates of County Roscommon’ in late 2018, with the first print-run selling out within six months. The positive reaction to the book resulted in additional information becoming available to the author, culminating in the publication of this second edition which contains new material, updates and additional photographs.

Paul, originally from Mount Talbot, County Roscommon, has a keen interest in history, particularly in the history of his local area and county.

Moore and Creagh, Volume 1 & Volume 2

40.00

Moore and Creagh in South Roscommon by Padraic and Xandra Kilduff.

This set of two of the three volumes of books on the parishes of Moore
and Creagh, which make up the Half Barony of Moycarn, cover its history
from earliest times to the first decades of the 20th century.

 

Royal Inauguration In Gaelic Ireland C.1100 - 1600: A Cultural Landscape Study (Studies In Celtic History)

Royal Inauguration In Gaelic Ireland C.1100 – 1600: A Cultural Landscape Study (Studies In Celtic History)

65.00

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

From Kings to Warlords – Katharine Simms

25.00

From Kings to Warlords: The Changing Political Structure of Gaelic Ireland in the Later Middle AgesKatharine Simms

The Norman invasion of Ireland (1169) did not result in a complete conquest, and those native Irish chieftains who retained independent control of their territories achieved a recovery of power in the later middle ages. Katharine Simms studies the experience of the resurgent chieftains, who were undergoing significant developments during this period. The most obvious signs of change were the gradual disappearance of the title (king), and the ubiquitous presence of mercenary soldiers. On a deeper level, the institution of kingship itself had died, as is shown by this study of the election and inauguration of Irish kings, their counsellors, officials, vassals, army, and sources of revenue, as they evolved between the twelfth and sixteenth centuries. Sources such as the Irish chronicles, bardic poetry, genealogies, brehon charters and rentals, family-tract and sagas are all used, in addition to the more familiar evidence of the Anglo-Norman administration, the Church, and Tudor state papers.

Dr Katharine Simms lectures in the Department of Medieval History, Trinity College, Dublin.