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A Handbook to Lisdoonvarna and its Vicinity by P. D.
With Map and Woodcuts

Technology Ireland
Nov/Dec 1998

The Handbook to Lisdoonvarna and its Vicinity first appeared in 1876 when the town was a celebrated spa resort served by the Midland Great Western Railway, and the Galway Steam Company ran a daily service from Ballyvaughan. Now the Handbook has been lovingly reprinted in a hardback limited edition of 1,000 copies, complete with the original woodcuts and maps, by CLASP, price: €12.95.

Written by a mysterious 'P.D.' whose identity is still unknown, it covers a range of local topics that will still interest readers today, from the chemical composition of the town's mineral waters, to the fossils in nearby Kilfenora. There are facsimiles of advertisements for local hotels taken from the original edition - the Eagle Hotel offered a drawing -room for ladies and smoking rooms and billiards - and train timetables and fares: in 1876 a first-class 'circular tour' from Dublin (Broadstone) cost £3 1s 6d. The result is a gem of a publication that will delight all who are familiar with 'Lisdoon', and many of those who are not.

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The Examiner,
February 1999