An Cléireach

Darach Ó Scolaí


208 pages; paperback;  978-0-898332-33-9


This first novel won the Oireachtas Prize 2007, and the Gradam Uí Shúilleabháin Award 2008, and was named as ‘the best novel since the turn of the Century’ by Comhar.

Set in mid-17th century Ireland and Continental Europe, the narrative in An Cléireach is triggered by a single event that takes place during the Cromwellian invasion of Ireland, when a small band of the retreating Irishry gather on the side of a mountain and, despite the threat of massacre, for one night the rain lifts, the stars shine, and art and dreams take centre stage.

Oireachtas Prize 2007, ‘Book of the Year’ 2008

“We’re stuck in the mud with them, and in the mire, and the muck. There are pages here that leave you reaching for a towel to dry yourself. .. A strong clear style.” Alan Titley, Foinse.

The Reader is in the Centre of the Whirlwind

“It is the credibility and verisimilitude of the writing that lures the reader into the story in the first place, followed by an surpassed richness and precision of language that convinces him that he is in the centre of the whirlwind wherever the action takes us.” Breandán Ó Cróinín, The Limerick Leader

“The richness and the clever manipulation of the prose are on an equal footing from beginning to end.” Prof. Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh, An tOireachtas

Listen to the podcast about the historical novel and An Cléireach

Read an excerpt from An Cléireach