By David Yeadon
In contemporary years, eire has loved a newfound prosperity as Europe's so much prosperous country. yet tucked away in a much nook of the so-called "Celtic Tiger," that different enduring and real country—that small, hidden position of straightforward magic and romance—still exists. Acclaimed go back and forth author David Yeadon and his spouse, Anne, got down to locate it.
On the Beara Peninsula of southwest eire, the Yeadons came upon their very own "little misplaced world," an attractive Brigadoon of hovering mountain levels and remarkable coastal surroundings, a ways faraway from the touristic hullabaloo of Dublin, Killarney, and the hoop of Kerry. here's the fabled "Old Ireland," alive and good with song seisuins, hooley dances, and seanachai storytellers—a haven for searchers, healers, artists, and poets hardy sufficient to have braved an analogous slender and winding mountain roads that hold the package-tour coaches out.
Bursting with colour and existence, At the sting of Ireland is an intrepid wanderer's social gathering of a paranormal, unspoiled, and unforgettable Éire.
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