Folktales of Ireland

Overview

Few Countries can boast such a plentitude of traditional folktales as Ireland. In 1935, the creation of The Irish Folklore Commission set in motion the first organized efforts of assembling and studying a multitude of folktales, both written as well as those of the Irish oral tradition and has collected well over a million pages of manuscripts. Folktales of Ireland offers chief archivist Sean O'Sullivan's representation of this volume. These tales represent the first English language compilation of Gaelic ...
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Overview

Few Countries can boast such a plentitude of traditional folktales as Ireland. In 1935, the creation of The Irish Folklore Commission set in motion the first organized efforts of assembling and studying a multitude of folktales, both written as well as those of the Irish oral tradition and has collected well over a million pages of manuscripts. Folktales of Ireland offers chief archivist Sean O'Sullivan's representation of this volume. These tales represent the first English language compilation of Gaelic folktales.
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Editorial Reviews

Seamus Heaney
O'Sullivan writes out of an intimacy with his subject and an instinctive grasp of the language of the originals. He tells us that his archives contain more than a million and a half pages of manuscript. If Mr. O'Sullivan translates them, I'll read them..
The New Statesman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226639987
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Series: Folktales of the World Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 365
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Fox and the Heron 3
2 The Fox and the Eagle 6
3 The Fox in Inishkea 7
4 The Magpie and the Fox 8
5 Two Women or Twelve Men 10
6 The Grateful Weasel 10
7 The Man Who Swallowed the Mouse 12
8 The Cat and the Dog 13
9 The Sow and Her Banbb 14
10 The Old Crow Teaches the Young Crow 14
11 The Cold May Night 15
12 The King Who Could Not Sleep 21
13 Ceatach 38
14 Fionn in Search of His Youth 57
15 The Coming of Oscar 60
16 Cuchulainn and the Smith's Wife 74
17 Young Conall of Howth 79
18 Art, King of Leinster 97
19 The Speckled Bull 117
20 The Boy Who Became Pope 133
21 The Man Who Struck His Father 136
22 The Friar on Errigal 144
23 How God's Wheel Turns 149
24 The Man Who Was Rescued from Hell 151
25 The Hour of Death 165
26 The Fairy Frog 169
27 The Fairy Wife 171
28 Fairy Money 174
29 The Children of the Dead Woman 176
30 The Three Laughs of the Leipreachan 179
31 The Man Who Had No Story 182
32 Doctor Lee and Little Aran 184
33 The Child from the Sea 188
34 The Big Cat and the Big Rat 189
35 The March Cock and the Coffin 191
36 Sean na Banoige 192
37 The Queen of the Planets 205
38 Sean Palmer's Voyage to America with the Fairies 209
39 The Sailor and the Rat 223
40 The Girl and the Sailor 223
41 The Four-leafed Shamrock and the Cock 225
42 The Black Art 227
43 Daniel O'Connell and the Trickster 231
44 O'Connell Wears His Hat in Parliament 232
45 The Smell of Money for the Smell of Food 233
46 The Heather Beer 234
47 The Man Who Lost His Shadow 235
48 Cromwell and the Friar 237
49 Damer's Gold 240
50 Secret Tokens Prove Ownership 245
51 The Cow That Ate the Piper 247
52 Sean na Scuab 248
53 The Great Liar 249
54 The Uglier Foot 252
55 The Blacksmith and the Horseman 253
Notes to the Tales 255
Glossary 290
Bibliography 293
Index of Motifs 298
Index of Tale Types 305
General Index 307
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