Introduction 1. Cottages, the Irish Landscape, Culture and People 2. Cottage Exteriors, Building and Customs 3. Cottage Interiors: Focal Points and Rooms 4. Cottage Interiors: Furniture and Crafts 5. Life in the Cottage, Customs and Traditions 6. Postcolonial Irish Identity and the Cottage Conclusion
Marion McGarry has a PhD in Architectural History and an MA in History of Art and Design. She is currently a lecturer at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and has also lectured on Art and Design History at Griffith College Dublin and Limerick Institute of Technology. She is the author of An Illustrated Dictionary of Furniture and Interiors (Stobart Davies, 2014) and a number of academic papers. Her chief research interests are in the history of Irish vernacular design and Irish cultural identity.