A Road on the Long Ridge: in Search of the Ancient Highway on the Esker Riada – Hermann Geissel.
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Hermann Geissel gives an absorbing account of his attempt to trace and map out the Slí Mhor on the Esker Riada. This ancient routeway, extending from the Ath Cliath Cualann hurdle ford that gave Dublin its Irish name, to the Ath Cliath Maree at the mouth of the Clarin River on Galway Bay, formerly linked East and West while dividing the island into two similar halves. The result of this research were first presented as An tSli Mhor, a six-part television documentary on TG4, and since then the investigation has been revised and expanded into the present account. The outcome is a fascinating story of a personal odyssey undertaken by the author, together with historian Seamus Cullen, lavishly illustrated with striking photographs and equipped with helpful maps and informative appendices. Anecdotal humour and scholarly references sit together easily in the text, providing an enthralling and enlightening story of a little-known aspect of our medieval heritage.