From prehistory to modern times many groups of people, each quite distinct in origin, speech, religion and culture, have settled or succeeded one another in Ireland. These various groups that came to make up the people of Ireland did not remain distinct for long, however. They intermarried and interacted in a thousand ways, each influencing and modifying the culture and behavior of others.
In this book, Ireland's leading historians describe the experiences and achievements of these successive waves of settlers–from prehistoric groups, Celts, Vikings, and Normans, through to Scots, English, Anglo-Irish and, most recently, nineteenth- and twentieth-century religious and ethnic minorities.
The People of Ireland challenges the popular conception of "two traditions"–of planter and Gael, or Protestant and Catholic–in Irish society. With lavish color and black and white illustrations, it amply demonstrates that there exists in Ireland a broad and diverse range of people, a people who will continue to interact with one another and with the outside world as they have in the past, emigrating, receiving immigrants and settlers, quarrelling, forgetting old ways, and learning new ones.
Peter Woodman is Professor of Archaeology at University College, Cork, and author of the recent television series From Stone to Stone.
Tomás Ó Fiaich, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of all Ireland, is a former Professor of History at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth.
Gearoid Ó Tuathaigh Lecturer in Modern History at University College, Galway, is the author of Ireland before the Famine 1798-1848.
Marie Therese Flanagan is a Lecturer in Modern History at Queen's University, Belfast.
Lewis Warren, Professor of Modern History at Queen's University, Belfast, is the author of Henry II and an authority on Norman history.
Finlay Holmes is Professor of Church History at the Union Theological College, Belfast, and author of Henry Cooke.
Aidan Clarke, Erasmus Smith's Professor of Modern History at Trinity College, Dublin, is the author of The Old English in Ireland 1625-42.
J.C. Beckett is Emeritus Professor of Irish History at Queen's University Belfast. Among his many publications are The Making of Modern Ireland and The AngloIrish Tradition.
David Hempton, Lecturer in Modern History at Queen's University Belfast, is the author of Methodism and Politics in British Society.
John Darby is Professor of Social Administration and Director of the Centre for the Study of Conflict at the University of Ulster.
Liam De Paor is a former Lecturer in History at University College, Dublin. Among his publications are Early Christian Ireland (with Maire de Paor).
Patrick Loughrey is a producer of educational programs with BBC Northern Ireland, and a former co-editor of the journal Ulster Local Studies.