This book provides a readable introduction to Kerry for the visitor and those with a general knowledge of history. It takes nothing for granted, which is why the table of contents is very detailed; this and other features enable the reader to enter the book at any point he pleases. The dawning of the Christian era provided many saints. The Anglo-Norman invasion and the later eras of new settlement are covered with the awareness of a writer able to contextualise what regional history in the great events of England, Europe and the world. The Munster Plantation at the time of Queen Elizabeth succeeded the great overthrow of the native world presided over by those naturalised Anglo-Normans, the earls of Desmond, whose principal castles were in Tralee and Castleisland. Yet the South of Kerry was never easily conquered or settled. The Shelburne-Lansdowne dynasty, descendants of Cromwell’s map maker Sir William Petty, controlled it finally: this important dynasty was really a mixture of the FitzMaurices (lords Lixnaw) and thePetty, and the estate witnessed dire poverty and assisted emigration to America after the potato Famine of 1845-50. Fr Dominic O’Daly of Kilsarkan, Ballymacelligott, is a link between the overthrown world of the native Irish after Kinsale (1601) and the resurgent Irish of the eighteenth century. He founded colleges in Portugal for the formation of Irish priests. Foreign colleges conserved the Gaelic learning, including genealogies, as well as providing the priests for the Counter-Reformation in Ireland during the centuries of subjugation until the gradual removal of the penal laws from about 1760. Daniel O’Connell was Ireland’s Liberator, taking his people, like some Messiah, out from under the penal laws on the journey to liberty and nationhood in the nineteenth century. He and his family created something of a dynasty in the politics of Tralee where they replaced the Elizabethan family of Denny. O’Connell was never a republican (he had seen the excesses of the French Revolution when a student at one of those continental colleges), but Kerry provided many founding fathers of the modern republican Irish state, Thomas Ashe among the leaders.