FOLLOW THE OLD ROAD

Discover the Ireland of Yesteryear

Written by
Jo Kerrigan
,
Photographs by
Richard Mills
Follow the Old Road

By turning off the main highway and discovering old routes, some of which have been travelled for thousands of years, you will see Ireland in an entirely different way. Follow the Old Road will take you on a tour of a variety of pathways from great river roads to lost railways.

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304 pages
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216x135 mm
ISBN:
9781847179111

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By turning off the main highway and discovering old routes, some of which have been travelled for thousands of years, you will see Ireland in an entirely different way. Follow the Old Road will take you on a tour of a variety of pathways from great river roads to lost railways.

Long before records began, travellers arriving on our shores found safe havens, natural harbours, the estuaries of rivers, and settled there, in sight of the ocean that had brought them to this land. Gradually they moved inland to more fertile soil, usually along the course of a river that provided both guidance and essential water supplies. In later centuries, great lords built their castles and monks their abbeys upriver, at the tidal limit. Some of the routes are still used today while others lie ignored and overgrown. Villages, and, later on, towns grew up around these castles and abbeys to serve their needs; towns that still prosper today.

INTRODUCTION PAGE
CHAPTER I
THE GREAT RIVER ROADS
CHAPTER II
TRACE THE TRACK: PATHWAYS TO THE PAST
CHAPTER III
SLOW AND SERENE: THE CANAL AGE
CHAPTER IV
A FAR-OFF WHISTLE: LOST RAILWAYS
CHAPTER V
FOLLOW THE COAST: SEA ROADS

Jo Kerrigan grew up amid the wild beauties of West Cork; after working in the UK as writer, academic and journalist, she returned home to the place she loved best. She now writes regularly for a range of publications, including The Irish Examiner and the Evening Echo as well as international magazines, and operates a very popular online weblog.

a historical travelogue that will inspire explorers … beautifully designed and presented … evoking yesteryear … rediscover for yourself the ‘old roads’ of Ireland

Irish Examiner

Jo Kerrigan’s welcome book traces lesser-known routes in Ireland - lesser-known to the stranger anyway -  useful not just for the walker but for the casual student of social history.

Richard Mills’ splendid black-and-white photographs help make the book into a consummate picture of old ways that are still with us physically and spritually

4 star review from 

RTE.ie/culture

 terrific … a wonderful work that will surely inspire

Celtic Life International Magazine

wonderful photography

Hotel and Catering Review

witness the beauty of Ireland as never before

Irish Country Magazine

discover the hidden beauty of Ireland through lesser known roads

Antrim Guardian

deceptively simple … lyrical … beautifully resurrects the arteries of Ireland on which life once moved … a pleasure to read

Evening Echo

I admire your passion because it comes through … people can hear how deeply you care about these places, about this way of life... great photography … if you are a fan of rural Ireland there is a lot for you to take out of that

Clare FM’s Morning Focus with Gavin Grace

Kerrigan’s Follow the Old Road uncovers tantalising alternate Irelands – kingdoms of Oz to our familiar Kansas. As with her previous two travel books, there is a generous helping of history, archaeology, wildlife and folklore always with more than a hint of mystery. Questions are asked and not all are answered, making the armchair traveller long to get up and see for themselves the real places stunningly rendered in mysterious black-and-white photography by Richard Mills. How did Mills get that strange white cat to pose at the mouth of the Cave of Cats which the ancients believed was the entrance to the otherworld in Rathcroghan in Co Roscommon? This is a book to dream over … Kerrigan’s cinematic approach makes me see finally how everything fits together while paradoxically opening up endless versions. There’s something quite magical about this, and Follow the Old Road makes a great companion for her Old Ways, Old Secrets which conjures tales from the ground under our feet, documenting a pagan Ireland which still breathes in her pages … detailed and evocative but it is impossible to do justice to the wealth of information. Kerrigan has the rare gift of being able to transfer her own vision to the reader. I won’t be happy now until I’ve seen these roads for myself

Irish Times

an entertaining read, whether you’re using it as a travel guide on holiday or enhancing your understanding of a favourite walk or journey

Belfast Telegraph
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Richard Mills, born in Provence, moved to West Cork at the age of 16. Since then he has combined the career of press photographer with The Irish Examiner and Evening Echo, with that of keen wildlife photographer, garnering many national and international awards and seeing his images published across the world. He has also been the subject of a TV programme by the wildlife film maker, Eamon de Buitlear.

Other books by this author
  • Old Ways, Old Secrets
  • West Cork: A Place Apart

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