By Michael Cusack

From Croagh Patrick, Ireland's holiest mountain, identified in the community because the 'Reek' to 'John Lennon's Island' of Dorinish, to Clare Island, domestic of the 'Pirate Queen', the wild Atlantic splendour and outstanding drumlin colony of Clew Bay and its atmosphere attracts viewers from worldwide to this distant quarter at the western fringe of Europe.

Croagh Patrick and the Islands of Clew Bay includes descriptions and map pinpoints of over one hundred forty islands and rocks within the bay, in addition to tales of Croagh Patrick no longer often present in different media. The e-book includes 36 full-colour photos and several other maps and different info to help sightseeing and navigation. it's the first e-book of its style considering this distinct and most lovely a part of the world.

In the phrases of the writer William Thackeray, "…the bay and the Reek, which sweeps right down to the ocean, and the hundred isles in it, have been dressed up in gold and pink and red, with the complete cloudy west in a flame. really good, wonderful!”

This publication describes all the islands within the bay and their identified old and geographical proof, besides tales of 'The Reek' - the extraordinary mountain that has been the point of interest of pilgrimages for lots of centuries.

From the Foreword through Gerardine Cusack, writer of 'A Nightingale Sang':

I used to be born ninety-seven years in the past in Rosbeg, in 1919. this beautiful village lies on an inlet of Clew Bay the place the land slopes into the ocean, and the place the various myriad islands defined during this e-book could be seen.

Fortunately, as one of many final of the Westport pilots, my father Peter Hopkins stored us involved with heavenly Clew Bay and its memorable population. My father had each cause to recollect the hospitality of the islanders – whilst it used to be too stormy for him to come back to Westport, he was once effectively made welcome to stick the evening on whichever island he occurred to be close to on the time. We have been specially thankful to benefit from him that my grandfather might drop luggage of meal into the occupied in-shore islands throughout the famine.

Almost all of the islands are uninhabited now, yet we who're left will take into account different days and alternative ways, the left-over echoes of people that got here and went and constantly left anything of themselves at the back of. We’ll take into accout different song makers. possibly we’ll pay attention the lilt of an islander’s voice at the wind. We won’t put out of your mind these we knew within the buried past.

About the author

Michael Cusack first climbed Croagh Patrick on the age of six. He has led multi-week biking and climbing excursions in either Europe and the USA and has lived and labored in different nations, together with Saudi Arabia, France, England, and Austria. His go back and forth adventure has integrated a number of treks within the Everest and Annapurna areas of Nepal, in addition to Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Kosciuszko, the top height in Australia. A former Irish biking squad member, he raced generally in Europe and the us. His relatives have lived within the Westport sector for generations and his grandfather Peter Hopkins used to be one of many final Clew Bay pilots. He could be reached through www.thereek.com.

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