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Cliffs Of Insanity: A Winter On Ireland's Big Waves Paperback – 27 Sep 2012

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Ireland (27 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848271301
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848271302
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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"Beautifully written. Compelling." (Malachy Clerkin Off The Ball, Newstalk)

"Duggan presents a rare and intimate window into a little-understood world. ... I was enthralled." (The Irish Times)

"Inventive and inspiring." (Michael Foley Sunday Times)

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A fascinating insight into the people and the places at the centre of the surfing scene which has developed in recent years along Ireland's west coast.

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Great book, gives a great view into an area that a lot of Irish people would never take notice of. Description of the waves and scenery fall just the right side of being a bit 'airy'. It's a great compliment to the book that all I want to do now is go to Clare and Sligo and watch people surf, even in the rain! Minor quibble would be that it's hard to grasp what the surfers are on about when they're describing actually surfing the waves but I imagine it's quite a tough thing to describe, especially for someone who has never surfed and is unfamiliar with the technical terms.
The book is probably just the right length, got to tell all the surfers stories but finished just before they all started to repeat each other too much. This caught my eye after reading 'House of Pain', Duggan's book on Mayo football. Two polar opposite subject matters but two great books.
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I really appreciate what the author has done and how he has done it. He tells the story of ordinary guys who will never be nomInated for the "sportsperson of the year" awards but, who are doing extraordinary things in the field of surfing. It's an acknowledgement of not just skill, endurance and determination but its also a nod to the underdog, a recognition of the sacrafices endured to follow your dream.
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I read this book in two sittings, whilst on holiday. You really feel your there riding the waves with these guys. The atmosphere you get from the pages of the book is like nothing I have read before. An amazing read.
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Really enjoyed this. Great writing, good subject. For those of you, including me, who get out in UK or Irish seas in winter it makes you want to don your 5mm and get out there!
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I read this book & after page 85 where he says "when fathers and sons crowd his shop in Lahinch to get fitted out" I was worried. Is there something wrong with his eyesight? I would say surf schools are equal in their girl/boy ratio. There are as many Mums & daughters as fathers & sons.

Women surf. In the world & in Ireland. But to read Keith Duggan's book you would not know this. Maybe HE does not know this. It's a pretty ridiculous omission considering Easky Britton does tow in surfing. Granted they are not in the majority when it comes to big wave surfing or major players on that Lahinch stretch. But don't write a book that leaves out a half the population.

He did a bit of a brief history of surfing in Ireland & that would have been a good opportunity to throw in a least one sentence regarding women's place in the sport. Especially in Ireland where we have the chance to get every child surfing from as young an age as possible. If both girls & boys see older kids enjoy & succeed in competitions (if they want to) they will know they can do it too.

It is only on the second last page that Duggan lets a comment about female surfers in to the book . John McCarthy makes reference to girls in the sport, talking about children catching a wave (or the wonderful idea of the wave catching them). It's his business to know what's happening in surfing & thankfully he has his eyes wide open.

It was an interesting book on a pretty specific subject. Big waves & Clare. But size isn't everything & it got a bit tedious. The surfers are each quite interesting in their motivation for surfing these life threatening domestic waves & that keeps you going.
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