260 pages, 400 colour illus, 50 maps, photos
This case-study explores the rich landscape of the compact and highly distinctive Hook peninsula in south-west county Wexford and places its layered archaeological legacy in an historical context. The Hook forms the eastern boundary of Waterford Harbour, the gateway to south-east Ireland. Because of its strategic nature, the harbour has played a central role in Irish history and this is reflected in the physical remains around its shores. This book connects these remains in the Hook peninsula with the historical record and places the local story into a wider narrative. The origins of present-day families are also discussed. By using a wide range of maps, colour photographs (many of them aerial) prints and illustrations, the gradual evolution of the cultural landscape from earliest times to the present day is traced. The need for modern developments to appreciate and respect the inherited environment, and to conserve it for future generations, is also examined.
This book is a unique contribution to the appreciation of the Irish landscape. Working on an intimate area, Billy Colfer has been able to track change from prehistory to the present. The volume is marvellously produced with 400 illustrations - including 50 maps, historical sketches and drawings as well as stunning aerial photographs. The Hook peninsula is surely the most detailed examination of landscape formation in any comparable Irish or European setting. Professor John Mannion, Memorial University of Canada. The essence of the Hook is distilled in the pages of this beautiful book. From fossils to castles, the book leaves no stone unturned. The volume peels back layer upon layer of time, tradition and territory, providing us with crucial insights into why we are who we are. For residents it provides explanations: for non-residents, it is a revelation. Eoin Colfer is the author of international bestseller Artemis Fowl
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