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Philip Brennan's Clare: 73 unique images of the artist's native County Clare by Philip Brennan
Published by
Ashfield Press, 2002

From tranquil scenes to storms at Loop Head, from Wren Boys to hurling feats, from tales of long-ago deeds to holy places, from music to migrant butterflies and birds, Philip Brennan's brush and pen create a vivid and personal picture of County Clare's varied and vibrant spirit.

The pictures are in a variety of media - watercolour, pastel, ink, charcoal and acrylic - and range from the vibrant colours of "Ballynalacken" to the inks of "Ballyallaban Rath". Words complement each work of art in prose, poetry or song. There is an excerpt from "Are Ye Right There, Michael" by Percy French to accompany a watercolour of Corofin Station. An excerpt from "The Third Day of September" by Michael Scanlon accompanies a painting of flags at a gatepost. A song by the artist himself entitled "Tobartaoscán" complements a sepia portrait of John Lyons and Pat Mullins. Brennan gives the history behind each of the scenes, such as "Scattery Island" or a personal observation of a location such as "The Cliff Path".

Brennan has managed to capture the feeling of the county - its flora and fauna, its archaeology and history, its music and song, its characters and customs.
All in all, this book would make a most attractive addition to the bookshelves of residents of the County or an ideal gift for those with Clare connections.

Philip Brennan is a painter and writer and lives in Stonehall, Co. Clare.

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