The Book of the Burren
Richard Broad, Jeff O'Connell and Anne Korff
Tír Eolas Publishers
This book's first edition, published in 1991, was part of a growing affirmation of the importance of the Burren, a hymn to its diversity, beauty and singularity.
Ten years later, our contributors describe how the natural heritage of the Burren depends on traditional farming practices and why the impact of booming tourism has not been entirely beneficial. This 2nd edition also updates the natural history and archaeology and includes new chapters on poets and artists in the Burren.
"The Book of the Burren is a guide, a reference book, and, in the loving particularity of its illustrations, a hymn to this corner of Ireland."
Nuala O'Faolain, The Irish Times
"Poets, painters, scientists and map-makers have all served the Burren region well for more than a hundred years. The Book of the Burren measures up fully to the standards of the very best of its predecessors. This is
certainly the most comprehensive study of the region yet made. But, while the authors describe the Burren very thoroughly, their work seems to make its mystery even greater.
The most exciting feature of the work is that the authors are all distinguished specialists in their various fields. Most of the chapters
combine a scholarly survey of their subject in the broader context of the whole of Ireland with a detailed exploration of the local situation. Under this treatment the Burren becomes a microcosm of the country and even of western culture."
"Crammed with maps, photographs, wildlife watercolour sketches and historical
recreations, the visual examination of the Burren area is faultless. Its textual presentation is equally satisfying - an array of experts write passionately and well about their interpretations of this unique region."
"The Book of the Burren is packed with information and strikingly good to look at. The editors got the experts writing with great love and enthusiasm."
Michael Viney, Irish Times
The stark limestone landscape, the remarkable range and number of wild flowers and the richness of the archaeological and historical remains make the Burren region a source of fascination and wonder. The Book of the Burren is a comprehensive account of the geology, natural history, archaeology, history and culture of the Burren.
Contributors: John Feehan, Paul Gosling, D.L. Swan, Lelia Doolan, Gordon D'Arcy, John Waddell, Charlie Piggott, Patrick F. Sheeran, J.W. O'Connell, Caoilte Breatnach, Anne Korff, Cilian Roden, Richard Broad, Brendan Dunford, Carleton Jones, Jessie Lendennie and Maria Kerin.