A Beautiful Book / The Irish File

May 26, 2014

the irish file cover

I discovered this book completely by chance while pulling props at Article in the Powerscourt Centre a few weeks ago. It’s a book of photography by Jon Michael Riley called The Irish File, Images from a Land of Grace, and it’s just so beautiful.  the irish file 3

It is interspersed throughout with short poems , as well as these pretty velum pages with Celtic patterns.  the irish file 2 the irish file 4

One of my favorite things about the book is that you could see any of these things on a drive through Ireland – horses and sheep along the side of the road, incredible sea views, and farmers trucking down the road on their tractors. My other favorite thing about this book is that it highlights Ireland’s quiet grace in such an understated way. the irish file

It’s the kind of book you want to look at every single page, and I’ve already picked up a few extra copies to give as gifts.

You can pick up a copy in Article or order it online.


  • Reply Sophie Harriet May 26, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Powerscourt is one of my favourite places in the whole of Ireland – I always find the most beautiful and interesting things there!

  • Reply Gerry Boyle May 28, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Love it. Looks like a quiet and thoughtful work. Good for you, Emily, for showcasing these sorts of books and art and, yes, road trips.

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