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The Strangers Gaze: Travels in County Clare: 1534-1950
Edited by Brian O Dalaigh

The Clare Champion
January 1999

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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Other Reviews

The Other Clare,

The Irish Times,
August 1999

Books Ireland,
February 1999

The Magpie,
February 1999

The Examiner, January 1999