The Irish Highwaymen
The lives & times of 15 of Ireland's most notorious adventurers are told in these stories of audacious ambushes, sword & gun battles, daring escapes, hideouts & disguises, plots, betrayals, & raids. These action-packed stories weave historical events with local folklore & include the traditional Irish songs that developed around each highwayman's legend. Illustrated with drawings, maps, & photographs of still-existing landmarks, this book brings to life the tales of criminals whose lives sometimes ended brutally by hanging, beheading, or gunfire.
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I found this book to be one of the most facinating exciting works of literature ever written in Ireland ..It opens up the unseen side of Irish heritage and history .The Coilte Quern,for instance and the villains turned heroes when invaders threatened the land with genocide when those whom placed a price on their head ran from the walled cities coming under siege.
Not the higwaymen. These guys were not just villians they were warriors. Every so often in the social psychology of the human people there emeges the right set of social circumstances that mould this manner of men.
I could not put this book down and it really invoked a temporal nostalgia and pride not alien to Irish history ,which soon dissipitates when the circumstances of their respective lives and environments comes hammering home.
The attributes required to survive this era in humankinds history were nothing short of phenomenal. The equestrian skills needed in themselves were of the sort few posess today anywhere in the world nthe combined skill of arms in that saddle,an extinct artform without a doubt.
Bearing in mind these men faced trained professionals such as dragoons and not only could match them but allude them is nothing short of amazing. Given that thew terrain on which these events unfolded was an island with no obvious means of escape without the possibility of a war of attrition will leave every reader clinging to the seat of their own saddles throughout ,as they are taken through the complexities of the "black bess" to the swashbuckling shases and daring raids that were part honour part nessecity at a most dangerous time in Ireland .
It truly defines and explains the forgotten history that is part of all Irish personalities,the ability to adapt persevere and ultimately win under any sircumstances.
I was surprised to hear from my local book shop that the publishing license for this work has expired or has not being snapped up! Probably too authentic?
ParRicH TaII James and LicrIe James BRennan
Counc Redmond OHanIon
The Comeragh Highwayman
Xll James FRency