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Ireland's Animals: Myths, Legends & Folklore
Ancient Ireland was such a healthy place no poisonous plant could grow and cattle had to be restrained from over-eating in case they burst! In early Irish legend it wasn't St. Patrick who expelled the snakes from Ireland, but Moses! A frog foretold the victory of the Normans in Ireland; the last wolf in Ireland was killed in Carlow in 1786; a cure for burns was to be ...more
Hardcover, 262 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Collins Press
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Absolutely lovely book, the cover and even the quality of the paper, not to mention the wonderful animal watercolors and charming folklore/history. I'm in love with the old Irish relationships to animals...never speak to a horse as if he is not a Christian, if you meet a weasel on the road take care to greet him politely, always inform bees of their masters death...oh, and on Christmas Eve be sure to give the cows in the barn an extra treat since at midnight they acquire the gift of speech in ...more
This is not one to read while eating, as it includes old folk cures using animals in quite disgusting ways, but that is my only criticism. This is a gloriously illustrated, fascinating, and illuminating book. I'm still trying to picture wolves once roaming Ireland...