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Folklore of Clare: A Folklore Survey of County Clare & County Clare Folk-Tales and Myths
by Thomas Johnson Westropp
Irish Times, April 2001
Folkore of Clare by T.J. Westropp, CLASP Press

The undisputed contribution of Thomas Johnson Westropp to our knowledge of the folklore of Clare and Limerick should never be underestimated, neither should it be forgotten. In this, the eleventh major publication from CLASP Press, an adjunct of the Clare Local Studies Project in co-operation with FÁS, due cognisance is taken of that work through the reprinting of Westropp's original articles on Clare folklore which, ironically, were first published in the journal of the English Folklore Society between 1910 and 1913. The Folklore Society of Ireland was not founded until 1927 and the next tranche of collected folklore of Clare did not emerge until Séamas Ó Duilearga began working between 1930 and 1943. Ó Duilearga himself paid tribute to Westropp, "a great man in his own way", but a collector who was handicapped in his lack of knowledge of the Irish language. Nevertheless, Westropp's collection of folk-tales and myths (about subjects as diverse as fairies, magical rite and the Red Branch heroes) still exerts a fascination and an authority deservedly honoured in this attractive volume.

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