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

The Examiner
January 1999

Edited by Brian O Dalaigh, this is an absorbing book in which you'll find an enormous amount of information. Beginning with a letter from Connor O'Brien to the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, and ending with a piece written by Frank O'Connor in 1950, many of the extracts give the outsider's view of Ireland, and of County Clare in particular, through the centuries.

The book is published by CLASP to mark the centenary of local government and what an excellent decision it was. The four members of the board of CLASP linked up with FÁS and its training programme to produce this wonderful book, which is excellent value at £27.00.

Even if you knew where to look for the material collected here, it would take the general reader a long time to find it. You'll learn a lot about events and people in the past and you really don't have to have any connection with County Clare to appreciate it.

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Other Reviews

The Other Clare,

The Irish Times,
August 1999

Books Ireland,
February 1999

The Magpie,
February 1999

Clare Champion,
January 1999