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Suggested Reading:

  • How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe Thomas Cahill, (Anchor, 1996)

  • Oscar Wilde Richard Ellman, (Alfred A. Knopf, 1988)

  • Yeats: The Man and the Mask Richard Ellman, (Alfred A. Knopf, 2013)

  • The Irish Country House Desmond FitzGerald Knight of Glin, James Peill, and James Fennell, ​ (Vendome Press, 2012)

  • Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840 William Laffan and Christopher Monkhouse, editors, (Art Institute of Chicago/Yale University Press, 2015)

  • Life in the Country House in Georgian Ireland Patricia McCarthy, (Yale University Press, 2016)

Suggested Travel Books:

  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Ireland: 2019 (DK Eyewitness Travel, 2018)

  • Michelin Green Guide Ireland: Travel Guide (Michelin, 2017)

Suggested Viewing:

  • “Aristocrats” (BBC, 1999), available on Britbox. Based on the biography by Stella Tillyard and focusing on the four aristocratic Lennox sisters in 18th century England, it features Powerscourt or Castletown as the setting in much of the video.

  • “The Irish Country House” (Irish Georgian Society, 2007) available on Amazon Prime. Shot at over 40 locations across Ireland, this film celebrates the heritage of the Irish country house and charts its development from the earliest cliff-top castles and fortified houses to the great Palladian mansions.

  • “Nora” (Screen Media, 2000) available on Amazon Prime. Tells the story of James Joyce in a biographical drama about the famed author and his passionate relationship with Nora Barnacle, an uninhibited hotel maid from Galway.

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