ClanDonnell by David K. McDonnell
A Storied History of Ireland

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The book is 926 pages long and thus not your choice for an on-the-go book. However, all 926 pages are worth savoring, not just reading through but rather taking your time with each chapter. As a history fan I loved the detailed information presented in this book...I definitely rate ClanDonnell five stars!
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ClanDonnell is the epic story of Ireland told in a unique way through the lives of the people in Celtic Ireland's McDonnell clan and their descendants into the 20th century. Because the first McDonnells were mercenaries often called to service in all corners of Ireland, the clan's history is intertwined with the history of the entire island. Descendants of these McDonnell mercenaries included nobles and farmers, landlords and peasants, soldiers and poets, coffin ship victims and survivors, Protestants and Catholics, constables and revolutionaries. Some immigrated to North America and others fought in foreign armies. Many were killed or had land confiscated by the English. Still others adapted well to British Ireland. Collectively, the stories of these McDonnells during critical periods in Irish history tell the story of Ireland. More than 640 strategically placed images combined with crisp, witty writing make Ireland comprehensible to the non-historian. By the end of ClanDonnell, readers will understand more about Irish history (and more than a wee bit of Irish language and culture) than they likely ever thought possible from a single source.
 

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Published October 15, 2013 by Burrowing Owl Press. 928 pages
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Reviewed by Susan Vio on Feb 03 2014

The book is 926 pages long and thus not your choice for an on-the-go book. However, all 926 pages are worth savoring, not just reading through but rather taking your time with each chapter. As a history fan I loved the detailed information presented in this book...I definitely rate ClanDonnell five stars!

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