HISTORY: The Quest for the Irish Celt: The Harvard Archaeological Mission to Ireland, 1932–1936, By Mairéad Carew, Irish Academic Press, €24.95
The word “Celtic” has attracted so many romantic, mythical connotations over the past century, powering a mini-industry of singing tenors, homespun philosophers and spiral-obsessed artists, that is hard to remember how, in 19th-century Britain, it was often a term of abuse, with magazines such as Punch presenting the Irish as...
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