That's Ireland: A Miscellany by Michael Nugent and Damian Corless (Signed by The Author)
Published 2003: First Edition / Hardcover / As New / Signed by The Author
Original red cloth and pictorial dust jacket. 160 as new clean and bright unmarked pages. Slight shelf wear.
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From hilarious gaffes and the busiest priests to planet Enya and the best place to meet a man, a new book of Irish trivia is hard to put down. Brian Boyd.
The book, an Irish version of Schott's Original Miscellany, is the work of Dublin writers Damian Corless and Michael Nugent. "It is a variation on Schott's book, which was an inspired idea but I think a bit dull," says Corless. "The great thing about doing a similar-style book on Ireland is that the country, for all its faults, is a hysterically funny place: funny ha-ha, funny peculiar and funny in that if-you-don't-laugh-you'd-have-to-cry sort of way.
"History is the love of my life, and as a rule I don't read fiction on the sound basis that the truth is invariably stranger than fiction - that is something which I think this book establishes beyond doubt. You couldn't make up the stuff we found."
Nugent says: "We tried to distil all of the information to its absolute essence, with no padding. I also did the layout, so there was a lot of work choosing exact phrasings to suit the layout and vice versa . . . A lot of it is official statistics with a twist put on them: for example, dividing the number of Catholics in each diocese by the number of active priests to get the busiest and least busy priests in Ireland. Dublin has the busiest, with 2,201 Catholics per priest, while Kilmore has the least busy, with 604.
"Another one like that is the best places in Ireland to find a man (the Fingal area of Dublin, 70.3 per cent of population) or a woman (the district of Gillabbey C, in Cork city, 64.5 per cent of population). Stuff like that."