West of Dungannon: A Collection of Stories from the North of Ireland

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AuthorHouse, Jul 1, 2008 - 260 pages
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In a caravan set on a hillside amidst the tumbled ruins of an ancient British cavalry barracks in the old land of Tir Eoghain, the author has lived out the dream of Irish America, to return to the land of his ancestors after generations of separation. Welcomed there as if he was a native son returning to see that his fields and animals were being well-tended in his absence, what impressed Devlin most was the seemingly endless reservoir of stories and tales of days gone by which his newly-discovered relatives and friends told to each other, over and over. As the older generations die away. the author senses that these stories may never be heard again. "The Irish today," warns the author, "Especially the young Irish, are rushing towards modern life at such a rapid pace that within another generation, memories of the old ways and those sweetest of people, the Old Irish, will disappear forever." With a keen ear and the instinct of the old Celts for oral history, Devlin has spent the last ten years writing many of these down and now passes them along to you.
 

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Contents

The Rich Yankee Cousin
1
The Wild Horse Roundup
15
Annie the Pumper and the Al Capone
29
Making an Irish Bed And Lying In It
49
The Death of Willie Law 77
93
The Pact of Cranlome Hill
121
Home for Christmas
143
Old Jackie and the Whiskey Bath
161
The Charm Man
171
A Night at Rubys Bar
193
Glossary and Pronounciation of Terms
231
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