Abandoned Ireland (Hardcover)
Illustrated with stunning photographs, Abandoned Ireland provides a fascinating pictorial exploration of the little-known corners of this enchanting land. There are thousands of ruined castles, abbeys, churches, ancient sites, houses, and mills spread around the island of Ireland, and this book offers you a substantial taste of the most intriguing of these. In Abandoned Ireland, discover Athassel Abbey on the banks of the River Suir and the largest medieval priory in Ireland; marvel at the imposing Carrigogunnell Castle, destroyed during the second siege of Limerick in 1691; explore Carrigglas Manor, a turreted fairytale exterior with a bloody history; see Hilden Mill, a former factory with ghostly sightings; explore the creepy, overgrown ruin of Ennis District Lunatic Asylum in County Clare; and wander the ruins of Rinn D in ("fortified headland") overlooking the River Shannon, a key military and trading town fought over by Norman barons and Irish chieftains.
A journalist for more than a quarter of a century, Dominic Connolly was for many years Arts Editor of The Mail on Sunday. He also specializes in travel, property, gardening, and money journalism, and over the years has contributed to the Telegraph, Evening Standard, and Metro. He lives in London and is currently Commissioning Editor at Saga Magazine.