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Doolin Coast. Photograph by Carsten Krieger.

The Burren through Carsten’s lens

The Burren and the Cliffs of Moher is the subject of a new book by one of Ireland’s leading photographers.

This Is The Burren, Carsten Krieger’s photographic ode to the world-famous region, will be launched by Rose Hynes, a native of North Clare and chair of Shannon Group plc, in Hyland’s Burren Hotel, Lisdoonvarna on  Sunday.

The Burren Full Moon. Photograph by Carsten Krieger.
The Burren Full Moon. Photograph by Carsten Krieger.

The Burren and the Cliffs of Moher was last week designated UNESCO Global Geopark status.

The 176 photographs featured in This Is The Burren capture the essence of the Burren, including its weathered karst landscape, the ever-changing light; the exotic flora; the elusive wildlife; the tombs, cairns, forts and churches, and the people who call the Burren their home.

Carsten Krieger, who was born in Germany, visited the Burren after learning it was the inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth. More visits followed before he and his wife finally decided to move to County Clare to be close to the unique landscape.

Winter solstice in the Burren. Photograph by Carsten Krieger.
Winter solstice in the Burren. Photograph by Carsten Krieger.

Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, James Breen described the new book as “a valuable photographic record of one of the jewels in the Irish tourism crown.”

“We are delighted to have been able to support Carsten and the publication of this book, which demonstrates the enormous wealth of history and geological significance associated with the Burren and Cliffs of Moher,” commented Carol Gleeson, project manager, Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark.

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