Ingenious Ireland

A county-by-county exploration of Irish mysteries and marvels


Mary Mulvihill

Paperback €17.95
Catalogue Price: €19.95
ISBN: 978-1-84682-821-8
November 2019. 496pp; large format, illustrations

This marvellous book tells the stories of Ireland’s natural wonders, scientific discoveries and original inventions. Mary Mulvihill, a pioneer of science communication who brought stories of Irish innovation and science to life, meticulously researched the mysteries and marvels of the country and tells them here in an engaging and vivid way. Ingenious Ireland celebrates the innovation and ingenuity that has been present in Ireland for centuries: from the steam turbine to the ejector seat, from the induction coil to naming the electron. This book provides a unique and captivating history of the country, acting both as an encyclopaedia and county-by-county travel guide. This is the perfect book for fans of science, history and trivia. Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, Assistant Professor in Mathematics Education, University College Dublin, and science communicator.

‘Mary Mulvihill hangs snippets and stories on places, and enlivens those places through the stories related to them. Geology, archaeology, sociology and technology jostle each other, producing interesting interactions … I’m delighted that this book is being reprinted and will be available again.’ Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell