The Strangers Gaze:
Travels in County Clare: 1534-1950
Edited by Brian O Dalaigh
The Clare Champion
The Strangers Gaze, at £19.95,
is good value. Edited by Brian O Dalaigh and published by CLASP Press
with help from over thirty FÁS representatives, it was the brain
child of County Librarian, Noel Crowley, his team and members of Clare
County Council to celebrate a century of local government. This fine 370
page book consists of sixty-five accounts of the Banner County contemporanously
written by travellers, mostly from without her bound. The first two pages
are taken up with a fascinating letter by Connor O'Brien of Thomond to
the Emperor Charles V.
In the middle of the book's text is
a section of beautiful illustrations, mostly in colour, of Killaloe, Tuamgraney,
Lough Derg and Mountshannon, Clare Castle, Corcomroe Abbey and Ballyvaughan.
Thomas Dineley's 1681 Journal of County Clare also has its words interspersed
with line drawings. It is always interesting to read how others see or
saw us, and this publication satisfies our curiosity in a most comprehensive
way. It is another fine work and a joy to read.
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