Hermann Geissel's most recent work merits serious consideration and the highest praise from all interested in Irish archaeology, history, geography, and landscape related studies. He has provided us with a learned and detailed trail across the center of Ireland ... filled with scholarly and often amusing anecdotes ... copiously and intelligently illustrated throughout ... of post-graduate thesis standard. [Research that] most of us feel should have been done years ago.
Etienne Rynne, Emeritus Professor of Archaeology, NUI Galway
[Mr. Geissel] has supported his argument with maps, photographs and detailed descriptions, all of which are written in an accessible and easy to read manner. I have no doubt that his work will stimulate debate and further study. It will expand interest in the landscape of the midlands and will help to make local communities more aware of their heritage.
John Bradley, Senior Lecturer, Department of History, NUI Maynooth
For Hermann Geissel the landscape is permeated with the physical traces and invisible echoes of the Great Road along the eskers. In this absorbing piece of topographical detective work he conjures up and re-creates the ancient roadway from traces and whispers that live on in our everyday landscape, connecting the places where it still survives as a major cultural fault line.
Dr John Feehan, UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science, Dublin
Ancient Ireland's most important trade and pilgrimage route is brought to life by a knowledgeable, humourous and gently informative tour guide. There is an anecdote and an astute observation for every turn. You will never look at a road the same way again.
Eoghan Corry, Writer and Broadcaster
A very special book indeed ... thought-provoking
Peadar O'Dowd, Connacht Sentinel
[Hermann] has put his hand to a number of books [...] and this is his latest book and I think [...] this is certainly the best and reflects a very significant body of work in the context of County Offaly...I would like to [...] acknowledge the tremendous quality of research and the extent of the research that has gone into this book, both at desktop level and on and off the field.
Niall Sweeney, Offaly County Manager
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