Between Rocks and Hard Places

Discovering Northern Ireland's Landscapes


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Illustrating the variety of the Irish landscapes this book explores the landscape's relationship with rocks and the rocks with history, past and present. For its size there is a great range of rock types and rock ages in the northern third of Ireland.

Included are sections entitled 'Mythology' and 'Geology': here will be found stories of Finn McCool, who was a well-known local giant, the Children of Lir, the tragedy of Finngheal, the speaking horse of Benlaughlin, Culann's Hound, the sacred waters of the Shannon Pot and more.

'Ireland's World Tour' traces the origins of Northern Ireland's rocks to distant places before they came together in the Emerald Isle. Sections headed 'Did you know' explain some of the natural wonders like Sligo's coral reefs, the Marble Arch Caves and the equivalent of Death Valley in County Down. 'Forces that Changed the Landscape' describes the volcanic past with yet more facts and fiction/mythology.

The story then moves to times when humans arrived on these shores. 'The Axe Factor' gives detail about the Stone Age and how local axes transformed life and the landscape. 'Prominent Monuments' follows the theme of the prehistoric peoples and their stone circles and dolmens. 'The Era of Buildings' takes the reader through to the Middle Ages with castles, crosses and temples.

The narrative then moves on to more modern times and the buildings of the last century. Finally, a chapter entitled 'Ancient Resources, Modern Dilemmas' explains how although much use has been made of natural resources, surprisingly the wounds to the landscape have mostly healed.


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Price: £16.99
Author: Paul Lyle
Illustrator: n/a
ISBN: 9780337095870
No. Pages: 105
Dimensions: n/a
Type: Hardback