Encyclopaedia of Ireland Brian Lalor (General Editor)
Published by Gill & Macmillan, 2003
Encyclopaedia of Ireland is the most ambitious reference work
ever published about Ireland. Meticulously detailed, it is a treasure
store of information, education, entertainment and enlightenment.
Its range is astounding as it covers the entire spectrum of Irish
achievement in all fields of human endeavour throughout recorded
Encyclopaedia contains a full A-Z listing of over 5,500
articles on all things Irish, past and present, written by experts
in the various fields. The text, specially commissioned and written
for the Encyclopaedia by over 900 different contributors,
is complimented by more than 700 illustrations, mainly in colour.
conventional subjects are all here: literature and language, history,
geography, economics, sociology, the arts and music. But other subjects,
such as science, engineering, astronomy, and sport, often neglected
in Irish reference books, are also given their due place.
written by experts, the Encyclopaedia is aimed at a general
readership and the editor states that the intention was to make
it so accessible that a child would enjoy looking through it. The
overall package is very reader-friendly and at 1,218 pages provides
plenty of scope for ‘dipping-into’ whenever the mood
The enormous breadth of its contents will appeal to researchers
and trivia fiends alike.
with any work such as this there will be divided opinion on the
merits of what is included and excluded but this encyclopaedia stands
as the most comprehensive single-volume reference work ever published
Encyclopaedia of Ireland is a celebration of Irish achievement
in all fields of human endeavour. Never before have the accomplishments
of an entire people been encapsulated so comprehensively, meticulously
and succinctly on the pages of a single book.
Unique in scope, in conception, in ambition, in execution, in the
vast array of facts that it contains, in the distinction of its
design, in its total commitment to quality – there is no book
about Ireland remotely like it’ Gill & Macmillan.
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