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The Book of Clare by Tomas O’Maoldomhnaigh and Daniel McCarthy
Published by Cottage Publications, 2003

This is a beautiful book, an inspired collaboration between artist and writer. Daniel McCarthy’s poetic prose matches Tomas O’Maoldomhnaigh’s delicate water colours. The book is an impressionistic trip through Clare. It touches on people, places and events from pre-history to the present day.

There are 32 paintings reproduced in this book depicting buildings, monuments, streets, houses and landscapes throughout the County, from Merriman’s Country to Kilkee and from Bunratty Castle to Black Head. Each picture is accompanied by a short essay giving snippets of information about the people or customs associated with the area.

There is a good bibliography for anyone whose interest has been whetted and who wants to discover more about Clare, its people and places. This is a lovely book which would make a great gift for anyone from the Banner County.

Reviewed by Marie, a Clare County Council staff member.