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That Unearthly Valley

That Unearthly Valley

Patrick McGinley

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A canny, loving portrait of a 1940s/1950s rural Irish upbringing, and a heartfelt valedictory for a traditional way of life - subsistence farming, sheep-rearing, hand-weaving, fiddle-playing and story-telling - that has largely vanished from our shores.

Born in Glencolmcille in 1937, McGinley tells of growing up in the back of beyond - an isolated, seaside village marked by a generosity of spirit & true sense of community, where he first encountered such mysteries as crab toes, sex, death, family and school, along with a larger-than-life local curate, Fr James McDyer.McGinley also deftly describes a number of other illustrious blow-ins to the Glen, from the eponymous St Colmcille to the renowned American painter Rockwell Kent, Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, and British composer Sir Arnold Baxe. Here is a deeply felt, consummately plumbed, and superbly crafted story of our vanishing past to sit on the shelf next to Alice Taylor's To School Through the Fields.

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Author Patrick McGinley
Publisher New Island
Publication date 20 Oct 2011
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781848401198

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