The Encyclopedia of Ireland

Edited by Brian Lalor; Foreword by Frank McCourt

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Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about one of the world’s most colorful countries?

The Encyclopedia of Ireland is the most comprehensive reference work to date on all aspects of Irish life, culture, and history. It encompasses the whole of Ireland—its islands and seas, its people both home and abroad—and provides fascinating facts about subjects from prehistory to the present.

Brian Lalor is the author of numerous books on Irish landscape, typography, and travel, including The Blue Guide to Ireland, The Irish Round Tower, The Laugh of Lost Men, and West of West. Frank McCourt is the acclaimed author of Angela’s Ashes and ’Tis: A Memoir.

A selection of the History Book Club, Book-of-the-Month Club, the Military Book Club, and the Discovery Channel Book Club

“A magisterial reference book comprised of 5,000 entries spread over 1,200 gorgeously designed pages, enhanced with 70 full-color illustrations and maps. . . . An essential work for any reference collection.”—Ron Charles, Christian Science Monitor


The Encyclopedia of Ireland is a wonderful work of scholarship and a gold mine of fascinating information. It will be invaluable to the scholar and offer any reader a bounty of browsing delight.”—Lois Gordon, author of The World of Samuel Beckett, 1906-46; Reading Godot; and American Chronicle: Year by Year through the Twentieth Century 

"This is a truly encyclopedic volume, embracing topics as diverse as portadown, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, post-colonialism and the potato."—Paul Muldoon, Princeton University

"It’s all here. Everything you ever wanted to know about Ireland and the Irish people."—Mia Farrow

"The Encyclopedia of Ireland contains everything you need to know about Irish history and culture. The coverage is imaginative, the articles are incisive and authoritative, and the handsome volume is a rich feast for the reader."—Jean Kennedy Smith, Former Ambassador to Ireland

“A hard-to-put-down book. It sits by my elbow making it difficult for me to write these words. I want to get back to it, to go from page to page, topic to topic. . . . You might be tempted to travel from front to back, stopping to feast here and there, but don’t treat it like a book. It is a treasure. Better to dip and meander. . . . This is a book that will settle many an argument and, I hope, send many a reader off on a journey.”—Frank McCourt

"The enormous breadth of the encyclopedia’s content will appeal to researchers and trivia fiends alike. . . . The range and quality of illustrations—photographs, drawings and paintings sourced from around the world—is also impressive, and the whole package is delivered in a style that is . . . reader-friendly."—Books Ireland

"The Encyclopedia of Ireland is being dubbed the most comprehensive book to date on Irish life, culture, and history, and leafing through its pages, it’s hard to disagree. . . . A must-have for any Irish book lover."—Tom Deignan, Irish America

"The ultimate Irish resource. . . . [This] book will astonish readers on both sides of the Atlantic with its range and depth. . . . Fabulous."—Irish Echo

"The breadth of the work is one of its strongest features. . . . The more than 700 illustrations are beautiful . . . and add an important dimension. . . . An extremely useful volume. . . . The Encyclopedia of Ireland is an important resource on many levels. It is well written, beautifully illustrated, and massive in both physical size and content. . . . A recommended purchase for public and academic library reference collections."—Booklist

"Most impressive."—Richard Dyer, Boston Sunday Globe

“Monumental. . . . Befitting a book on the Emerald Isle, this volume includes much lavish color, set within a superbly designed grid of type and illustrations. Lalor . . . has recruited a first-rate cast of writers and scholars. . . . The Encyclopedia of Ireland offers a great bounty of entertaining information and knowledge.”—Terence Winch, Wilson Quarterly

"This wonderful reference work will delight researchers and lovers of Ireland and the Irish. . . . It is hard to think of an Irish topic this encyclopedia neglects; it includes culture, history, landscape, government, policies, and more. . . . Highly recommended.”—Choice

“This massive encyclopedia speaks volumes about the Emerald Isle . . . [and] makes a fine foundation for public or personal libraries.”—Rosemary Herbert, Boston Herald (Editors Choice)

“An entertaining compendium of Irish facts and figures, with more than 700 well-chosen maps, photos and illustrations (nearly 500 of them in color). . . . Whether you are looking for a term paper topic or trying to clarify a half-remembered historical incident, the book is likely to draw you in and have you flipping pages and reading entries at random, long after you’ve found the answer to your original question.”—Newark Star-Ledger

Winner of the 2003 Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division Annual Awards Competition in the Single Volume Reference/Humanities category

Selected by AAUP as "The Best of the Best from the University Presses: Books You Should Know About"

Selected by Choice Magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2005

Selected as an outstanding book by University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries

Selected by Library Journal as a Best Reference Resource for 2003
ISBN: 9780300094428
Publication Date: August 11, 2003
Publishing Partner: Published in association with Gill & Macmillan
1256 pages, 8 1/2 x 11
214 b/w + 477 color illus.

Sales Restrictions: For sale in North America only