Gillian O'Brien The Darkness Echoing


Code 9781781620502
A hugely entertaining exploration of Ireland's historical sites with a dark side. Fizzing with curiosity and humour and revealing fascinating and unearthed stories from our past The Darkness Echoing will make us question and re-imagine who we are and where we've come from.
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Author: Dr Gillian O'Brien

Date Published: 01-Oct-2020

It's no secret that the Irish are obsessed with misery, suffering and death. They find a strange enchantment in the island's dark past. And no wonder, for there is darkness everywhere you look: in cemeteries and castles, monuments and museums, stories and songs. Inspired by a grandmother who liked to try on outfits for her own funeral, Gillian O'Brien has long been fascinated by the macabre. In The Darkness Echoing, she tours Ireland's most deliciously dark heritage sites, delving into the stories behind them and asking what they reveal about the Irish. From war to revolution, famine to emigration and, finally, to death and ghosts, O'Brien explores the strange allure of Ireland's troubled history. Energetic, illuminating and surprisingly funny, The Darkness Echoing challenges old, accepted narratives aboutn Ireland, and asks intriguing questions about Ireland's past, present and future.

About the Author
Dr Gillian O'Brien is a Reader in Modern Irish History at Liverpool John Moores University. She is the author of Blood Runs Green: The Murder That Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago and is a former Irish Research Council awardee.
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Dark, mischievous ... enlightening and educating ... my history book of the year. * Ryan Tubridy, RTE Radio 1 *

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