“Folktales from County Mayo” is a collection of stories written by author and folk historian, John Henry, a native of Ballydrum, Swinford.
He was a well-
Enda Kenny TD looks on as Des Mahon (Mayo County Manager) and Cllr. Johnny Mee (Chairman Castlebar UDC) sign copies of “Tales From the West of Ireland” in June 2000.
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“Folktales from County Mayo” covers a wide spectrum of the history of Ireland and of County Mayo in particular.
Some of the stories are based on actual historical events. For instance, 'Bliain na bhFrancach' and 'The Aftermath' tell of the effects of the French invasion of 1798 and the terrible aftermath of Ballinamuck, the battle in which the rebels were routed.
John Henry’s great grandfather, Seamas Durkin, was one of the United Irishmen who fought at Ballinamuck and was one of the lucky few who escaped with their lives.
'Great Grandmother's Tales' describes life in rural Ireland during the Famine and the conditions of those times in a way that conventional history never could.
“In the Year of the Hot Summer” details the actions of the West Mayo IRA brigade in its struggle with the hated Black and Tans, the author drew on the experiences of an officer in that brigade. A selection of those stories can be found under Additional Resources.
In stories like 'The Bellmen', 'Elopements' and 'Waking the Gael', the reader gets a glimpse of the customs and traditions of Ireland long ago.
Literally, there’s something for everyone with a nostalgic frame of mind.