Here is a list of the best Irish History books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!
- The Course of Irish History (2012)
- How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Heroic Role From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe (The Hinges of History) (1996)
- The Family Tree Irish Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Ancestors in Ireland (2017)
- In Search of Ancient Ireland: The Origins of the Irish from Neolithic Times to the Coming of the English (2003)
- White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain’s White Slaves in America (2008)
- Malachy McCourt’s History of Ireland (paperback) (2008)
- Irish Songster of the American Civil War-Irish Songs, Ballads, Musical History & Lyrical & Poetic Legacy of the American Civil War ()
- Irish History: A Concise Overview of the History of Ireland From Start to End (2019)
- The Great Book of Ireland: Interesting Stories, Irish History & Random Facts About Ireland (History & Fun Facts) (2019)
- A Brief History of Ireland (Brief History (Running Press)) (2012)
The Course of Irish History (2012)
First published over forty years ago and now updated to cover the “Celtic Tiger” economic boom of the 2000s and subsequent worldwide recession, this new edition of a perennial bestseller interprets Irish history as a whole. Designed and written to be popular and authoritative, critical and balanced, it has been a core text in both Irish and American universities for decades.
How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Heroic Role From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe (The Hinges of History) (1996)
The perfect St. Patrick’s Day gift, and a book in the best tradition of popular history — the untold story of Ireland’s role in maintaining Western culture while the Dark Ages settled on Europe.Every year millions of Americans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but they may not be aware of how great an influence St. Patrick was on the subsequent history of civilization.
Discover your Irish roots! Trace your Irish ancestors from American shores back to the Emerald Isle. This in-depth guide from Irish genealogy expert Claire Santry will take you step-by-step through the exciting–and challenging–journey of discovering your Irish roots.
In Search of Ancient Ireland: The Origins of the Irish from Neolithic Times to the Coming of the English (2003)
This engaging book traces the history, archaeology, and legends of ancient Ireland from 9000 B.C., when nomadic hunter-gatherers appeared in Ireland at the end of the last Ice Age to 1167 A.D., when a Norman invasion brought the country under control of the English crown for the first time.
White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain’s White Slaves in America (2008)
In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, more than 300,000 white people were shipped to America as slaves. Urchins were swept up from London’s streets to labor in the tobacco fields, where life expectancy was no more than two years. Brothels were raided to provide “breeders” for Virginia.
The pages are populated with figures from myth, history, and the present-from Saint Patrick to Oliver Cromwell, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, and Charles Parnell to Sinead O’Connor and Bono. Some beloved, some controversial-each influenced the course of Irish and world history.
Irish Songster of the American Civil War-Irish Songs, Ballads, Musical History & Lyrical & Poetic Legacy of the American Civil War ()
Explore the History of Ireland From Start to End Ireland, more than any other country, seems to hold people from other parts of the world in awe.
The Great Book of Ireland: Interesting Stories, Irish History & Random Facts About Ireland (History & Fun Facts) (2019)
How much do you know about Ireland? There’s so much to learn about the Emerald Isle that even its residents don’t know. In this trivia book, you’ll learn more about Ireland’s history, pop culture, folklore, and so much more! And so much more! This book is packed with trivia facts about Ireland. Some of the facts you’ll learn in this book are shocking, some are tragic, and others will leave you with goosebumps.
Since its very origins, Ireland has become the home for a successive series of invaders-the Celts, Christians, Vikings, and Normans. And despite deprivation, desperation, and suppression, Ireland has developed an unwavering sense of purpose and place.In this lucid and fascinating introduction to the island’s story, Richard Killeen separates the history from the myths.
Best Irish History Books: The Ultimate List
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Mission to Ireland: WWI True Story of Smuggling Guns to the Irish Coast
Author(s): War History Journals
ID: 2710896, Publisher: Storyteller Books, LLC, Year: 2020, Size: 269 Kb, Format: epub
Labour in Irish History
Author(s): James Connolly
ID: 2810322, Publisher: Foreign Languages Press, Year: 2020, Size: 1 Mb, Format: pdf
A Dictionary of British and Irish History
Author(s): Robert Peberdy, Philip Waller
ID: 2823402, Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell, Year: 2020, Size: 26 Mb, Format: pdf
Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are truly best-sellers according to The New York Times, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.