On Ancient Roads by Anthony Holten
Ancient Roads: Recollections, History and Folklore of County Meath by Anthony Holten.
On Ancient Roads is a lively tale which takes the reader on a journey through history and the radically changing
landscape of County Meath. As in Tony Holten’s previous book 'Where Toll Roads Meet', the author describes the
landscape as it was, highlighting what has been lost to ‘progress’.
Illustrated with over 100 photographs and maps, the book traces the evolution of the road network, reflecting on a
lost landscape that was once the crucible of ancient Irish culture.
The baronies, parishes and townlands through which the ancient roads from Trim to
pass are richly adorned
with historical sites, most notably
and the Boyne Valleys,
, Skryne, Lismullin and Blacklion.
The narrative is drawn together from recollections, folklore and historical research, including an exploration of the
Grand Jury records which provide a unique insight into the dubious machinations within that system of early
Anthony (Tony) Holten was born near
in 1945. He travelled extensively
during his marine engineering days in the Merchant Navy prior to continuing his
career working on offshore oil and gas fields worldwide. He is the author of
several books including A Stroke of Luck and Where Toll Roads Meet. He has three
grown up children and, though he lives in County Cork, is a regular visitor to
his native county.
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Boyne Valley Private Day Tours
Pick up and return to your accommodation or cruise ship. Suggested day tour:
Newgrange World Heritage site, 10th century High Crosses at Monasterboice,
Hill of Tara the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, Bective Abbey and Trim Castle the largest Norman castle in Ireland