A History of Ireland in 100 Objects by Fintan O'Toole

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Objects tell us startling stories. Some recall catastrophes-a jewelled lizard pendant retrieved from a wrecked armada ship of 1588, or the handkerchief waved by a priest in Derry in 1972 to clear a path to safety for a wounded 17-year old boy. Others inspire wonder- the gold lunula that shone on the breast of an ancient king, or the trophy that Irish goldminers in Australia had made for a nationalist hero. From the simple fish trap of the earliest inhabitants of the island to the first mass-produced microprocessor, they take us through the history of people in Ireland. They also offer a glimpse into the lives and minds of long-dead individuals. Each of the 100 objects selected is given a historical context, a cultural vitality, a political intensity. What makes each one pulse with life is the idea of the people who touched and were touched by it.

About Fintan O'Toole

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Fintan O'Toole, columnist and drama critic for the" Irish Times," is the author of seven books, including "A Traitor's Kiss "(FSG, 1998). His work frequently appears in a number of American magazines. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.
Published April 3, 2013 by Royal Irish Academy. 252 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Education & Reference.

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Irish Times

The Literary Editor of ‘The Irish Times’ has selected 100 objects that together tell the story of our country.

Mar 23 2013 | Read Full Review of A History of Ireland in 100 O...

O'Toole (literary editor, Irish Times) originally published these as weekly pieces in the Irish Times over the last two years. He worked with curators at cultural heritage sites in Ireland—including the National Museum of Ireland and the National Library of Ireland—and now gathers the resulting e...

May 01 2013 | Read Full Review of A History of Ireland in 100 O...

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