Round Ireland in Low Gear
Having decided to explore Ireland by bicycle, Eric and Wanda Newby set out one December - not the best time to ride a bike around the highways and by-ways of the Emerald Isle, even when protected by thermal underwear. From the Cliffs of Moher to St Brigid's Vat, Dublin, the Aran Islands, the Ring of Kerry and Croagh Patrick, their rainsoaked journey is beset by minor disaster ranging from ferocious storms to even more ferocious dogs. Along the way they come across a moving, miracle-working stature of the Virgin, spectacular ruins and the traces of twentieth-century violence, in between stops for Guinness, tea and soda bread. Woven into the narrative is a wealth of information about Irish history and custom - hermits, horse-fairs, peat-cutting and poetry are all touched on in this deft and dazzling blend of myth, fact and quirky details. And, as usual with eric Newby, this beguiling account is enlivened by a cast of eccentric and utterly engaging characters.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Tony2704 - LibraryThing
Not at all what i expected, in fact very boring. Was hoping for a light hearted tour of Ireland but got a history of almost every dilapidated church Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - John_Vaughan - LibraryThing
There was another review that complained – among other criticisms – that Eric had ‘lifted’ great chunks of his narrative about touring Ireland from guide books. Even that he “admitted and acknowledged ... Read full review