Back through the mists of time Ireland’s highest places have been the epicentre of heroic deeds, larger-than-life characters and captivating conflicts. From outlaws hiding out in caves in the mountains, dramatic hillside gun fights between rebels, and nail-biting modern day rescue missions, Ireland’s mountains may not be the tallest but they are always filled with adventure. History is more than a list of names and dates and these collected stories create a vivid picture of Ireland’s past brought to life.
The author seamlessly merges expert historical sources with his own fact-finding walks through the uplands and the vivid accounts of events gleaned from local people. Using this research, the book relates how Ireland’s vertically unassuming mountains and hills have been central to the ebb and flow of Irish life for countless generations, with accounts of these events woven afterwards into unifying local mythologies.
John G. O’Dwyer is a veteran hiker with over 30 years’ experience of leading walking and mountaineering groups through the Irish countryside. In this book he draws upon this rich seam of experience to recount many captivating tales from times gone by, from saints to scoundrels, and rescuers to rebels and rapparees.