A History of Ireland in 100 Objects
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Thanks to all those who voted to make A History of Ireland in 100 Objects the ‘Best Irish Published Book of The Year’ in the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2013 .
'Informed, learned...entrancingly written'
Read all of Heaney's speech from the book launch
Objects tell us startling stories. Some recall catastrophes a jewelled lizard pendant retrieved from a wrecked armada ship of 1588, or the handkerchief waved by a priest in Derry in 1972 to clear a path to safety for a wounded 17-year old boy. Others inspire wonder—the gold lunula that shone on the breast of an ancient king, or the trophy that Irish goldminers in Australia had made for a nationalist hero. From the simple fish trap of the earliest inhabitants of the island to the first mass-produced microprocessor, they take us through the history of people in Ireland. They also offer a glimpse into the lives and minds of long-dead individuals. Each of the 100 objects selected is given a historical context, a cultural vitality, a political intensity. What makes each one pulse with life is the idea of the people who touched and were touched by it.
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The 100 Objects project was featured on RTE1's History Ireland programme- Click here to listen back.
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