JOHN LENNON was so enchanted with Clew Bay he bought Dorinish Island in 1967. Ireland's pirate queen Granuaile ruled the seas around those parts; while the bay also attracted Sid Rawle, the ‘King of the Hippies’.
Clew Bay is the subject of a new book, Croagh Patrick and the Islands of Clew Bay - A Guide to the Edge of Europe, by Michael Cusack. The book details the region, providing histories, events, and stories connected with the Reek and each island in the bay, geographical and demographic stats and information, notes on wildlife, and colour photographs.
Cusack wrote the book while taking a year out from his studies at the GMIT's Centre for the Creative Arts and Media. He has strong connections with the region as his grandfather was one of the last pilots in Clew Bay, while his great-grandfather was the admiralty pilot for the west coast of Ireland.
Croagh Patrick and the Islands of Clew Bay - A Guide to the Edge of Europe is out now.