Southwestern Ontario is more Irish than I had realized. Village names such as Birr, Tyrconnell and Clandeboye, for example, are direct imports from the emerald isle. The same applies to family names like Cronyn, Patterson and, most famously, Donnelly. So, given how much Ireland has shaped parts the world, a relevant question might be "How has the world shaped Ireland?" Neil Hegarty's The Story of Ireland is here to answer it.