102% Funded


Target: €3000


€3,080 Raised


98 Funders

Walk With Me - An anthology of writing

By North West Clare Writers Circle


Who are the North West Clare Writers and what is our project?

The North West Clare Writers Circle is led by Breda Shanonn, a creative writing teacher from Corofin. She has taught all over Clare and has been involved in local writers groups. Our co-editor Cindy Griffin runs a bookshop in Doolin and has worked with the Doolin Writers Festival. Our secretary Maura Egan is from Doonbeg , our project manager Felicity Burke is from Kilnamona, our treasurer Mary Farren from Kilrush and public relations officer Josie O'Connor from Ennistymon. All excellent writers hoping to share their writing with you!

We sent out a submissions’ call to Clare based writers, and we now have over thirty selected excellent contributions from writers all over Clare. Some of the contributors are previously published, award-winning writers ( PJ Curtis, Knute Skinner, Elizabeth Reapy, Jean Kavanagh, Donal Minihane, Karen McDonnell) We are publishing a book of the collected writing called 'Walk With Me.' 

What are we crowd - funding for?

If we reach our goal, we can pay printing and editing costs ( 3,000 euro or more. ) of our book 'Walk With Me'. The book launch (covid permiting) and promotion of sales may cost up to 500 euro. We will be paying for postage and envelopes for books to be posted. 

We have sourced local business sponsors and Clare FM will promote the project, our facebook page will be updated with videoreadings of excerpts from the book so you can see how good it is!

We will not be able to rely solely on selling book in local book shops or at our book launch due to the uncertainty of covid 19 restrictions. With crowdfunding we can offer multiple rewards on a recognised platform- we have no e-commerce website and are not taking payment ourselves so we want to sell our book and raise funds for Clare Haven as easily as possible! 

How will I get my reward?

We will be in touch via email after November 9th! See rewards for details for pick up and postage dates.

Where are the profits going and why?

We hope to donate a considerable profit from this campaign and all book sales of 'Walk With Me' of at least €500 to Clare Haven Charity. As none of us were on the 'frontline' or considered essential workers, we decided to find a way, through our writing, to benefit a group in society, more adversely impacted upon by lockdown. We chose Clare Haven, an organisation that supports families affected by domestic violence, as a worthy and deserving cause. 

We sincerely hope to be able to share our wonderful anthology of writing with you, and even more to be able to donate to such a worthy cause as the Clare Haven charity. We truly hope our effort will create a ripple effect of creativity and kindness!



Total amount raised so far for Clare Haven

We would like to let you all know that we recently handed over a cheque for €5,000 euro to Clare Haven Services.

The representative assured us that the money would go to great use - possibly toward the communal sitting room that mothers share after bedtime and the playground outside. 

Many of us are spending Christmas away from our loved ones, there is heartbreak all over the world. We hope that this small message of good news that YOU have helped to make happen brings a glimmer of hope to you in bleak times.

We sincerely hope that each and every one of you has a safe and peaceful Christmas. 

To find out more about the services Clare Haven offer, here is the website: Clare Havens website



Reward Fulfilments

Hello Everyone,

You should have received you rewards by now in the post or in person - if we have not contacted you yet please email us: n.w.clarewriterscircle@gmail.com

Thank you again for supporting this project - we aim to present Clare Haven Services with a cheque close to €2000 before Christmas, we will let you know the final amount when we do.

Here is the full list of shops you can buy copies of 'Walk With Me' for €10.

The Ennis Bookshop
O'Mahony's Booksellers Ennis
Craft Works Craft Shop Ennis
Mary Kelly Hallmark Card Shop
O'Connor's Newsagents
Centra Lynch's Ennis
Tierneys Costcutter
Banner Books
Fitzpatrick's SuperValu
The Aloe Tree
The Cheese Press
Hayes Print
The Celtic T - Shirt Shop
The Doolin Dinghy
Hotel Doolin Ireland
Jordan’s Mace
Post Office
Larkin’s News Agency
SuperValu Miltown Malbay
Sharon Reidy Leisure Centre
O'Sullivan's, Moore St, Kilrush
Fitzpatrick's Costcutter Kilmihil
Hayes Foodstore
McInerney's Shop
O'Dwyers XL Quilty
Daybreak Corofin
Lakefield Service Station &agri supplies LTD
Howley’s Shop
Mace Supermarket

Artwork by Guest Contributors

This is Michael O'Connor, a County Clare print-maker and guest contributor to 'Walk With Me'. Mike is donating one of his wonderful prints to sell here on our fundit.ie camapign page - to be collected in Celtic T Shirts Lahinch, the shop that Mike co-founded in 1979. This fabulous print is a lino-cut depicting The Ennistymon Horse Fair.

This is Cindy Griffin, aka Cynthia Sinnott as she signs her watercolours with! Cindy is our co-editor and the artist behind our book-cover's image. She has donated one of her beautiful framed paintings to sell on the fundit.ie camapign page - to be collected in her book-shop 'The Doolin Dinghy'. 

Reading # 4 Aindrias Stack reads Josie O'Connor

Aindrias Stack, a County Clare based performance artist reads an excerpt from our upcoming anthology of writing 'Walk With Me' we are crowd - fuding to publish here on fundit.ie. This excerpt is from Josie O'Connor's 'Craobhán'. The reading is filmed at Whitestrand beach, Miltown Malbay, where the story itself is set.

Aindrias Stack reading Josie O'Connor

Reading # 3 Áine O'Brien Reads Dónal Minihane

Áine O'Brien, a County Clare based performance artist reads an excerpt from our upcoming anthology of writing 'Walk With Me' we are crowd-funding to publish here on fundit.ie. This excerpt is from Dónal Minihane's contribution to the book and its called 'Love in Time of Covid'. 

Áine O'Brien reads Dónal Minihane

Reading #2 - Jacinta Sheerin reads Felicity Burke

This is Jacinta Sheerin, a County Clare actress reading an excerpt from the book we are crowd -funding to publish. Proceeds of the book will go to Clare Haven Services charity for domestic abuse survivors. Jacinta reads an excerpt from Felicity Burke's submission to our anthology, 'Walk With Me'. This story imagines the plight of a young mother experiencing domestic abuse.

Jacinta Sheerin reads Felicity Burke's submission

A preview of writing from the book!

This is Jean Kavanagh, an Irish poet living in Norway. Jean is a guest contributor to the book we are crowd -funding here to publish; 'Walk With Me - An Anthology of Writing from County Clare in the time of covid 19'. She reads her submission to our anthology; 'That Other Ocean'.

Proceeds of the book go to Clare Haven Services charity for domestic abuse survivors.

We will be updating our page with more readings over the next few weeks so you can see what a great book this is going to be!

Guest contributor Jean Kavanagh reads her submission to our anthology.

Buying Mulitple Copies

If you would like to buy multiple copies, multiply €10 x however many copies you would like and pledge that amount, add €5 for postage. You can let us know after November 9th how many copies you would like, we will contact you by email then.

(e.g if you would like 5 copies to pick up, pledge €50. if you would like 5 copies to be posted, pledge €55)

funders (98)

There are 88 public funders of this project

There are 10 anonymous funders of this project