Clare FM's Pat Costello talked with writer Eddie Stack on his latest book, "Doolin – People, Place & Culture"
World renowned as a shrine of Irish traditional music, Doolin lies between two natural wonders, the dark Cliffs of Moher and silver hills of the Burren. Once known only to her immediate neighbours, the cognoscenti and artists, Doolin is now mentioned in every guidebook to Ireland as a place to experience authentic Irish culture. Everyone who has been there has told someone else – who has told someone else – about this unique place. What started meandering to Doolin as a trickle of "alternatives" back in the 60's, became a mainstream flood by the 90's.
The book includes a collection of essays, interviews and conversations with famous Doolin tradition-bearers: the Russell Brothers; the Killoughery's; Paddy Pharaic Mhichil Shannon. Francis McNamara and Boitius MacClancy are featured for the gentry. Music and folk traditions run through the book and it has chapters on storytelling and dancing.