Folktales of Ireland

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Sean O'Sullivan
University of Chicago Press, Mar 15, 1999 - Fiction - 321 pages
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 collecting and studying a multitude of folktales, both written as well as those of the Irish oral tradition. The Commission has collected well over a million pages of manuscripts. Folktales of Ireland offers chief archivist Sean O'Sullivan's representation of this awe-inspiring collection. These tales represent the first English language collection of Gaelic folktales.

"Without doubt the finest group of Irish tales that has yet been published in English."—The Guardian

"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."—Seamus Heaney, New Statesman

"The stories have an authentic folktale flavor and will satisfy both the student of folklore and the general reader."—Booklist

 

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Contents

The Fox and the Heron
3
Two Women or Twelve Men
10
The King Who Could Not Sleep
21
Ceatach
38
Fionn in Search of His Youth
57
Cuchulainn and the Smiths Wife
74
Art King of Leinster
97
The Speckled Bull
117
The Big Cat and the Big Rat
189
The March Cock and the Coffin
191
Sean na Banoige
192
The Queen of the Planets
205
Sean Palmers Voyage to America with the Fairies
209
MAGICIANS AND WITCHES
221
The Sailor and the Rat
223
The Fourleafed Shamrock and the Cock
225

The Boy Who Became Pope
133
The Friar on Errigal
144
How Gods Wheel Tarns
149
The Man Who Was Rescued from Hell
151
The Hour of Death
165
PEOPLE OF THE OTHERWORLD
167
The Fairy Frog
169
The Fairy Wife
171
Fairy Money
174
The Children of the Dead Woman
176
The Three Laughs of the Leipreachdn
179
The Man Who Had No Story
182
Doctor Lee and Little Aran
184
The Child from the Sea
188
The Black Art
227
HISTORICAL CHARACTERS
229
Daniel OConnell and the Trickster
231
OConnell Wears His Hat in Parliament
232
The Smell of Money for the Smell of Food
233
The Heather Beer
234
The Man Who Lost His Shadow
235
Cromwell and the Friar
236
Darners Gold
240
Secret Tokens Prove Ownership
245
Glossary
289
Index of Tale Types
305
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