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Birds of Ireland: Facts, Folklore and History

By: Glynn Anderson

380 pages, colour illus

The Collins Press

Hardback | Sep 2008 | #176740 | ISBN-13: 9781905172726
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About this book

There's more to Irish bird folklore than the `wran' boys and the Children of Lir. Irish bird names are rich and full of meaning. This book focuses on our interaction with birds, covering mythology and folklore, birds as omens, harbingers and food, and bird-related beliefs, proverbs and curses. A species-by-species account gives a description and associated beliefs, culinary traditions, place names and a `Facts & Figures' section.

'Rich celebration of the interplay of birds with ancient human needs for magic and mystery, not to mention a well-shaped story or poem' The Irish Times 'A marvellous compendium of birds history and folklore ... a testament to the author's and publisher's dedication to excellence' Walking World Ireland

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GLYNN ANDERSON from Dublin is an amateur naturalist with a passion for writing and nature. He has moved from a career in IT to work in closer contact with the environment. He is now a guide and information officer at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin.

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