Two history books have been published lately with string Carlow connections which you might be interested in.

Firstly, Turtle Bunbury, a great friend of CHAS and native of Lisnavagh, Rathvilly, has a new book called Irelands Forgotten Past. This book is an entertaining and informative ramble through the lesser-known history of Ireland with a lot of Carlow content (including Browneshill Dolmen, Carlow Castle and the Big Wind in Carlow). Particular highlights include Romans in Ireland, the Knights Templar, Prince Lionel in Carlow, Cromwells Tailor, the Hell Fire Club and Gold Fever in Avoca – but these are only a few of the chapters in this great read. A great present for old and young, you can purchase online at:

Another book with strong Carlow content is Louise Nugent’s new book Journeys of Faith: Stories of Pilgrimage from Medieval Ireland. Using historical and archaeological evidence, Dr Louise Nugent documents the importance that pilgrimages held in the hearts of medieval Irish pilgrims. From the Kings and Queens, to the lords and ladies, to the common man, between the 7th century and the Reformation, many undertook a spiritual journey for one reason or another, to as far away as even Jerusalem! This book has a strong Carlow content with the inclusion of the story of Medieval Irish pilgrims left their homes and families for many reasons. For the countless men and women who made the trip to St Mullins in Carlow in 1348, a miraculous cure for the Black Death foremost in their minds. 
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