About

My name is Clare O’Dea and I am the author of the non-fiction book, The Naked Irish: Portrait of a Nation Beyond the Clichés, published by Mentor Books in September 2019. My first book, The Naked Swiss: A Nation Behind 10 Myths (second edition published in 2018 by Bergli Books), is also available in French and German.

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Originally from Dublin, I have lived in Switzerland for the past sixteen years, on the invisible line where the French- and German-speaking cultures meet. I spent nine years as a journalist  / online editor at the international news service of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, www.swissinfo.ch, covering Swiss politics, culture and business news.

You can read an extract from The Naked Irish here. If you would like to read a sample of my fiction, try The Favour, a short story that was published in The Irish Times and nominated for the 2017 Hennessy New Irish Writing awards.

I am also a regular contributer to Sunday Miscellany on RTE Radio 1. A good way to keep up-to-date with writing news and events is to follow my author Facebook page .

I am available for writing and communications work (see contact page). You will find me on Twitter @clareodeaz. Thanks for stopping by!

Formerly employed by The Irish Times, Ireland’s national broadcaster RTE, Today FM, Gúna Nua Theatre Company (all in Dublin) and The Moscow Times.

4 Comments

  1. Dear Claire As a Swiss leaving in Ireland 44 years I enjoyed your interview on RTE today and will be very much interested reading your books, particularly The Naked Swiss as well ad your new book The Naked Irish. By the way I am still very much swiss after all these years

    Markus Studer

    1. Dear Markus, you’ve been in Ireland longer than Martin Alioth! Thanks very much for the positive message. I hope you enjoy the books. LG, Clare

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