Secrets of the Irish Landscape


Secrets of the Irish Landscape is a major new RTE television series accompanied by a stunning book from Cork University Press


The accompanying book to the TV series Secrets of the Irish Landscape is edited by Matthew Jebb and Colm Crowley and published by Cork University Press under the Atrium imprint. This major RTE TV series to be broadcast on May 5th, May 12th and May 19th. Derek Mooney is the programmes' presenter. The book will be available on Friday May 3rd.


There will be a large media campaign for the TV programme and book.

Here is the trailer

This book examines many little understood aspects of the Irish Landscape from the last Ice Age until now. Historians, archaeologists, biologists and earth scientists each bring their unique take on how the landscape and the life it supports have been crafted by natural and human events. Some of the great enigmas of the past are now being unravelled, and this book gives a fascinating and fresh glimpse of how Ireland’s unique and stunning ecosystem has evolved.

The book also celebrates the pioneering work of Robert Lloyd Praeger. In 1895 Praeger began a pilgrimage across Ireland that was to last five years. His aim was to chart the distribution of all plants across the country. His observations of the landscape and its people became a classic of Irish travel writing in The Way That I Went.


Transmission dates

RTÉ ONE – Sunday May 5th 2013 6.30 pm

RTÉ ONE – Sunday May 12th 2013 6.30 pm

RTÉ ONE – Sunday May 19th 2013 6.30 pm


ISBN 978-1-78205-010-0, Hbk, €29, £25, 243 x 280mm, 244pp, May


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