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Rich in history, castles and larger-than-life characters, St Declan's Way is one of Ireland's best kept secrets.

Rosamund's adventures begin when she is lent a map of the ancient highway and pilgrim route St Declan's Way. Intrigued she returns to Ireland. Setting off from the famous Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary, she travels through small towns and villages, across the beautiful Knockmealdown Mountains, to the town of Lismore with its spectacular castle, where her family used to live, and then on to the fishing village of Ardmore in County Waterford.

Battling the rain as she follows narrow country roads, little used tracks and overgrown paths, she traces the footsteps of St Declan. From a day at a horse fair to climbing mountains and tracking down fairy forts, she captures perfectly the local characters and castles, miraculous wells and talking statues, the broken dreams and local legends. Stories of goddesses, ghosts and fairies are intertwined with the eccentricities and daily lives of everyday people - this is a journey full of the surprises that only Ireland can offer.

Click here to read an extract from Castles, Follies and Four-Leaf Clovers.

Click here to read an article in The Australian about Castles, Follies and Four-Leaf Clovers.

Read Bruce Elder's review of the book in The Sydney Morning Herald.

Hear Geraldine Doogue on Saturday Extra, ABC Radio National, interviewing Rosamund about her book.

Read the review of the book by Clare Calvet from Tony Delroy's Night Life program on ABC Radio 702.

Read the review of the book by Peter Smith of Abbey's Bookshop.

Read Ros's answers to Ten Terrifying Questions at Booktopia.

Hear Sarah Knight on Afternoons 720 ABC Perth and ABC WA talking to Ros about Castles, Follies and Four-Leaf Clovers.

Read ‘Luck of the Irish’ in Prevention Magazine.

Read The Irish Camino, Ros's story in Good Reading about how she came to write her book.

Read a review of the book by Walter Mason, author of Destination Saigon.


About Rosamund Burton

Born in Ireland, Rosamund grew up in England until her father got a job with the Duke of Devonshire. Ros and her family then moved back to Ireland into the East Wing of Lismore Castle, possibly Ireland's most spectacular castle (Lismore is on St Declan's Way). Rosamund was able to immerse herself in this forgotten corner of Ireland with its mix of derelict mansions, and the larger than life locals. In 1994 Rosamund came to Australia to work for and later manager the Mind body Spirit Sydney festival. For the last few years she has worked as a freelance journalist and writes for a wide range of newspapers and magazines.


Castles, Follies and Four-Leaf Clovers: Adventures Along Ireland's St Declan's Way by Rosamund Burton is published by Allen & Unwin, rrp $24.99.