Roscrea author recommended by Lonely Planet

Thursday, 3 August 2017

THE LONELY PLANET series of books are recognised as the authoritative guide to exploring the most interesting places on earth and recently they published their latest guide to Ireland, which recognises Roscrea author, George Cunningham.

As well as being one of the most prolific writers about, and most informed historians of the monastic midlands, George is also an expert on the karst and other-worldly landscape of the Burren in west county Clare.

This remarkable and fascinating place, which inspired writers such as J.R.R. Tolkien and is one of the most visited sites of interest in Ireland, has inspired George to write a series of books which are now recognised as the definitive guide to understanding its extraordinary features.

Now George's unrivalled knowledge of the Burren has been recognised by Lonely Planet and in their lengthy description of the Burren and its many attractions they recommend only two authors and their books on the area - botanist Charles Nelson and historian George Cunningham.

A quote from the new Lonely Planet Guide compliments the Roscrea author and says his Burren guides "are excellent and provide much local information on the area."

George Cunningham has written four Burren guides - Burren Journey (1978); Burren Journey West (1980 which also has a CD to accompany it); Burren Journey North (1992) and Exploring the Burren (1998).

He has also written several versions of the Burren Way, a very popular and informative guided walking tour.

Several of George's books exploring the Burren have been reprinted several times and remain unrivalled in terms of content and depth of research and have become the benchmark for works focusing on the region.

For 15 years he directed the Burren Archaeological Conference from Ballyvaughan and for many years he was on the academic council of the Burren College of Art - where he served from its foundation in the mid 1990s.

Over the years the celebrated Roscrea historian and bibliophile has also lectured extensively on all aspects of the Burren region and through his research and fascination with the area, has built up an impressive library and illustrative archive about the Burren.

The latest Lonely Planet Guide to Ireland is sure to be picked up by countless tourists from all around the globe and will be printed in 12 languages.


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