Howard first entered my life in a letter, one filled with earnest praise for my memoir, Are You Somebody? Soon, he materialized off the page as a dinner guest during his eagerly anticipated second visit to Ireland. And over wine and seafood, I was introduced to the empathy, humor, and passion for Ireland which are idiosyncratically embodied in his writing.

Uniquely, Howard isn't Irish, nor even the possessor of Irish roots. Yet his love for the Irish way of life is so genuine that it allows him to belong here. And his energy and enthusiasm for sharing his observations and insights into Irish history and culture not only complements the natural pull that Ireland exerts on so many, but makes him a warm-hearted spokesperson for the sights, sounds, and smells that form its magic.

Nuala O'Faolain
County Clare, Ireland
August, 2007


A dear friend of mine sent me this book a week before I went to Ireland. As I read it, I became even more excited to see the places Howard Franklin described. By the time we had landed in Ireland, the book was read and I had a list of the places I definitely wanted to see. Thank you Howard for writing about Glendalough. If I hadn't read about it, I would have totally missed the wonders of this place! This book was our constant companion in our travels across this Emerald Isle. If it wasn't in the car it was in my backpack, always close at hand so we could learn more about where we were. The snippets of history Howard interjected throughout his book is my favorite thing about it. I read these parts out loud to my husband as we traveled along the same path as Howard. Knowing the history of what we saw made it all so much more poignant. If you plan on visiting Ireland don't leave home without this book!

Julie H. Todich, Utah, posted on

If you have, or are planning a trip to Ireland, Howard Franklin's book is a must read. His knowledge of Irish history, geography and literature make this book a classic adventure tale for the 21st century traveler. Combine all that with a poet's eye and a lyrical style and you have a first-rate read. Buy this book and then buy your ticket. Ireland's waiting.

Kevin Card, Host, "Labor Radio," KBOO-FM

Howard Franklin visits Ireland with his reader travelling inside his head. Sights, smells, sounds, attitudes are mediated through the writer's reaction to his Irish experience. "I know also that Eire suspends geometry, for it is more than the sume of its parts, its geographical wonderland mixing with its historical struggle for freedom, its art and architecture, and ancient love for the written word, to create a way of life that changes yet remains the same, and...absorbed the Celts, the Vikings, the Anglo-Normans and little old me in an eye-blink". You'll enjoy sharing his Irish holiday as much as he enjoyed it!

Mary O'Sullivan, May/June 2008 Ireland of the Welcomes

Howard Franklin's "tasty treat" of a book serves up layers of Irish history, travel insights, and a personal narrative so almost over the top that you fall in love with the narrator. Franklin personifies Ireland as a seductive lass whose siren song pulls him across the Atlantic to savor her many fine qualities. Once there, his sweet tooth leads him through scrumptious descriptions of every possible Irish pastry, and his feet walk him from famous site to famous site. This book consists of a unique combination of elements; usually travel information is in a book of its own, as is history, separate from the personal narrative. Here we find all three woven together, as are the elements of Eire herself.

Susan G. Reese, Poet and Assistant Professor of English, Portland State University


An Irish Experience leads readers on a step-by-step wander - a personal journey fueled by history, literature, and his incorrigible sweet tooth.

Dave Fox, Author of Getting Lost: Mishaps of an Accidental Nomad and Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals (and still have time to enjoy your trip!)


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