Ireland Ordnance Survey driving maps
How often do you find yourself trying to navigate by phone these days, only to (a) run out of signal (especially in Ireland) (b) run out of data or (c) run out of patience when the map keeps turning around.....
Remember the good old printed map? Everyone can have a look and plan the journey, get an impression of how long it will take, and see things along the way, whilst chatting to your car companions. Well, maybe …..
Now for all 4 corners of Ireland.
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In August 1939 the Irish travel writer Richard Hayward set out on a road trip to explore the Shannon region just two weeks before the Second World War broke out. His evocative account of that trip, Where the River Shannon Flows, became a bestseller. The book, still sought after by lovers of the river, captures an Ireland of small shops and barefoot street urchins that has long since disappeared.
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