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Staff Picks 2021

Books About Clare

The Letter Home by Rachael EnglishThe Letter Home by Rachael English
Hachette Ireland 2022

Shannon native Rachael English, set her latest novel in the fictional village of Cloonevan, which she says is inspired by the town of Kilkee, in County Clare. The book tells the story of a journalist Jessie Daly who returns to Cloonevan and ends up helping a friend research famine times in the area. Rachael gives credit to the online resources of Clare Libraries for her research into the famine period in Clare which she conducted during lockdown.


The Other Clare Volume 46The Other Clare Volume 46
Shannon Archaeological and Historical Society 2022

Shannon Archaeological and Historical Society have published their 46th volume of The Other Clare with its usual distinctive cover drawing by Clarecastle artist Hilary Gilmore. Contents this year include contributions from Joe Power, Patricia Lysaght, John O’Brien, Brian Ó Dálaigh, Martin Breen and Ristéard Ua Cróinín, and many others.



Changing of the Guard by Tim DoyleChanging of the Guard by Tim Doyle
Currach Press 2021

A book about Garda Jack Marrinan who played a major role in the modernisation of the Gardaí. His colourful career included working on protection duty for WT Cosgrave and a dismissal for his role in the 1961 Garda protest. Historian of the Gardaí, Conor Brady, considered that Marrinan’s role in driving change in the force was more significant than any of the seven commissioners with whom he served.


Man in the Big House by Eddie LenihanMan in the Big House by Eddie Lenihan
Hayes Print Publishing 2022

Eddie Lenihan recalls the stories told to him by Jimmy Armstrong, a patient in Our Lady’s Psychiatric Hospital, Ennis. Eddie recorded Jimmy in the 1980s and noted that he knew every road, lake and hill in his locality intimately. Jimmy was a known teller of stories of all kinds and a selection of them are given in this book. Jimmy, a native of Quin, died in 1987 and this is a wonderful tribute by Eddie Lenihan to Jimmy’s storytelling skills.


Light on the Horizon: a community response to relationship abuseLight on the Horizon: a community response to relationship abuse
Haven Horizons

This book tells the story of local charity Haven House which is now 30 years old. It records a community’s response to domestic abuse and the corresponding social and cultural changes during this period. The work has expanded with cutting-edge research by Haven Horizons on domestic abuse and the dismantling of the myths that surround it. The book celebrates a community’s positive impact on the lives of women and children but also reminds us that while much has been achieved, the work is not finished.


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