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The Most Unpretending of Places,

A History of Dundonald, County Down

Peter Carr
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An illuminating and enjoyably lop-sided, 'worm's eye view' of the great sweep of Irish history, as experienced by one small County Down village built 'in the middle of nowhere en route to somewhere else'.

Though only five miles from the centre of Belfast, Dundonald is far from being an anonymous suburb. On the contrary it has a rich historical pedigree and a stubbornly independent past.

This is the story of its townlands and their peoples. It looks at the creation of the Dundonald valley some 400 million years ago; life in its stone age village; the 1790s, when it was a nest of dangerous radicals; the picture postcard village that was a favourite setting for novels; through the manic growth of recent years to the Dundonald International Ice Bowl.

It introduces a wealth of new material, and is illustrated with over 160 photographs, maps and line drawing, almost all of them previously unpublished.

Book Details

ISBN 1 870132 00 9

Paperback 256 pages, 156 illustrations

Book Reviews

'One word could suffice to describe this book, magnificent! ...I cannot praise it too highly. Well illustrated with photographs, studiously annotated without overloading the text, a questioning of sources, a good index and the courage to express opinions of a controversial nature. This is what local history is all about.' Irish News

'Original, quirky... You may never have heard of Dundonald, but that will not prevent you from enjoying this book. This could be the story of any small town or village in Ireland.' Archaeology Ireland

'Sparkles with compelling detail... one of the most impressive local histories available for any locality on this island, north or south' Linenhall Review

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