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David Yeadon
AT THE EDGE OF IRELAND
Seasons on the Beara Peninsula


"There are only two kinds of people in the world. The Irish — and those who wish they were!" Readers are highly likely to agree with this old adage as author and acclaimed travel writer David Yeadon takes them on a fascinating journey in the Emerald Isle. Yeadon shares a delightful account of his travels through one of the country's lesser-known areas in AT THE EDGE OF IRELAND: Seasons on the Beara Peninsula.

Despite Ireland's newfound prosperity as "The Celtic Tiger" — Europe's most affluent nation — there still exists an enduring and authentic country within. Yeadon, with his wife, Anne, discovered a "little lost world" on the Beara Peninsula of southwest Ireland. This small and alluring region is far removed from the touristy hullabaloo of Dublin, Killarney, and the Ring of Kerry. Home to an enticing Brigadoon of soaring mountain ranges, spectacular coastal scenery, and roads narrow and winding enough to keep package-tour coaches out, the Beara Peninsula possesses the intrinsic elements of "The Old Ireland." Yeadon and his wife found a wild-times craic of music seisuins, hooley dances, seanachai storytellers, and colorful ceili concerts — plus a handful of searchers, healers, artists, writers, and poets who give this hidden gem a patina of contemporary significance.

Filled with amusing stories from Yeadon's travels, as well as Yeadon's own original illustrations, AT THE EDGE OF IRELAND takes readers on an enchanting trip through this magical, unspoiled, and unforgettable area of the country. Highlighting the many wonderful and unique aspects of Beara, Yeadon offers a true sense of Ireland and its extraordinary culture, in this authentic region that celebrates life's more enduring charms and values.

"David Yeadon has crafted a book as lively as a limerick... Who wouldn't want to join Yeadon in this rich Celtic stew?"
- Keith Bellows, editor in chief, National Geographic Traveler

"Like H.V. Morton before him, Yeadon approaches Ireland with keen eye and ear, and most important, a great big heart... He's one of the world's most beloved travel writers."
- James O'Reilly, editor, Travelers' Tales Ireland

David Yeadon is the author of Seasons on Harris, Seasons in Basilicata, and the bestselling National Geographic Guide to the World's Secret Places. He has written, illustrated, and designed more than twenty books about travel around the world. He and his wife live in Mohegan Lake, New York.

AT THE EDGE OF IRELAND
Seasons on the Beara Peninsula

Harper Perennial
Paperback Original; $16.99
ISBN 9780061151279

 

 

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