Ireland is a place of mystical, enduring appeal, especially for the many millions of Americans who claim its special heritage, more than one in six according to the last U.S. Census. But Ireland has also become an international place of pilgrimage and discovery for all who venture there.
This unique collaboration between Elizabeth Billups, a Santa-Fe-based photographer and activist, and Gerry Adams, the renowned leader of Sinn Fein, reveals a side of Ireland-and of Gerry Adams-not often portrayed in the guidebooks or magazines or news media. In this special book, the two kindred spirits wander the country together and share a deep love of the land and its people, with Ms. Billups taking gorgeous photographs and sharing her experiences and Mr. Adams contributing additional stories, tales, and facts about his country and his family's history.
While Mr. Adams has written many acclaimed books concerning his political vision for Ireland, until now he has refrained from sharing his affection for his native land. And so, with Ms. Billups, we are able travel to his and her favorite places, the places that, to them, bespeak of Ireland as one island without borders.
Looking at Ms. Billups's beautiful and captivating photographs-and reading her text and Mr. Adams's family stories, personal anecdotes, and relevant historical details, legends, and myths-we come to understand why Ireland is such a special place and why he fought so long and hard to achieve peace for the many generations to come.
** Nominated for a 2015 IPPY Award" from the Independent Publishers Association **
Elizabeth Billups is a photographer, philanthropist, and activist from Santa Fe who's photographs have been exhibited in both Ireland and the United States. Heralded as "a gifted writer" by The New York Times, Gerry Adams is the author of several works of nonfiction, including the noteworthy A Farther Shore: Ireland's Long Road to Peace (Random House, 2003).