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The Clare Anthology

The Clare Anthology Edited by Kieran Sheedy
Published by CLASP Press, 1999

A millenium project by CLASP Press, The Clare Anthology contains a mixture of prose and verse by native Clare writers and writings about County Clare, providing a look at the county through its literature. The book is a mixture of 88 pieces from prose, poetry, plays, songs and newspaper reports producing a lively and engaging picture of the daily life and special occurrences which helped to shape County Clare and its people.

The anthology covers a wide range of subject matter such as the Spanish Armada, the ghost at Hag’s Head, the 1995 All-Ireland Hurling Championship, haymaking in the twenties and the Willie Clancy Summer School.

Contributions from authors such as Edna O’Brien, Eddie Lenihan and Frank O’ Connor sit alongside excerpts from ‘The Clare Champion’ and ‘The Clare Journal’ and songs from Christy Moore and Percy French.

This is a collection that can be dipped into at will and will provide hours of entertainment for those from Clare as well as those with an interest in the county.

‘Another headline for some enterprising publisher is the latest in the impressive series from CLASP, the publishing arm of Clare County Council. The Clare Anthology, edited by Kieran Sheedy, mixes visitors and writers native to Clare in a pot-pourri ranging across the rich heritage and textured daily life of the Banner County. Few counties can compete with Clare’s heritage but might all copy its example and produce their own libraries of their native place’
Brian Farrell, The Sunday Tribune

Kieran Sheedy is a native of Feakle, County Clare. He held a number of posts in RTE Radio before leaving to concentrate on writing.

By the same author:
Clare Drama Festival: Scariff (1947-1996)
The Clare Elections
The Horse in County Clare
Peerless Tom Malone
The Tellicherry Five
The United Irishmen of County Clare

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