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A Shepherd’s Stories

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Full title: Tales and Yarns of Glendalough and the Wicklow Hills: told to John D. Vose by Bill Fanning, shepherd of Glendalough

Creator / Author: Bill Fanning [with John D. Vose]

Item Type / Page count: Booklet / 48p

When Published: 1986

Publisher / Place of Publication: Wicklow Hills Publishing Company / County Wicklow.

About: Bill Fanning was a native of Roundwood and a sheep farmer. He had a wealth of stories and legends relating to the Wicklow Mountains. This is a collection of some of the tales that he told to John D. Vose between 1956 and 1985. The stories have proved so popular that the booklet has gone into a second edition.

ID number(s): None

Chapters: Introducing the incorrigible Bill Fanning, shepherd of Glendalough — Fair days — Quare characters, tramps, tinkers and ‘chancers’ — Legends of St. Kevin – Childhood days — School days — Wakes and Missions — On the road to Lacken – Zellars O’Lacken – Wee folk, the Banshee and Will O’ the Wisp.

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Some of our Folk and Fairy Tales

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Full title: Wicklow Folk Tales

Creator / Author: Brendan Nolan

Item Type / Page count: Book / 191pp

When Published: August 2013

Publisher / Place of Publication: The History Press / 50 City Quay, Dublin 2

About: The author of this selection of tales is a professional storyteller. Here he presents stories of myth, magic, the supernatural and the all too natural from every corner of our county. West Wicklow is well represented with more than half of the content associated with locations on this side of the county. Most of these stories spring from the oral tradition that prevailed before the arrival of electricity.

ID number(s): 9781845887858

Contents: Acknowledgements – Introduction – An Army of Stones – A Hand in the Night – The Resurrection of Sean – The Travels of Davy – Not Gone and Not Forgotten – A Shower of Stones – Moving About – Wise Man Paddy Stevens – Warring Spirits – Taken by the Fairies – A Fleeting Bird – The Long walk to Crois Úna – Milk Profit – A Cure for Baldness – Now You See It, Now You Don’t – Shriven Souls – Wicklow Foxes – Of Water and Stone – Féar Gortach – Derrybawn Cow – Bedding St. Kevin – Dargle Lovers – The Devil is in the Glen – Bray Smugglers – Gold-Mine Mountain – Priest Hunters – Hempenstall Military Road – Wicklow Avalanche – Glencree – Surviving the Snow Storm – Tall Tales.

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Extra #4: Link to the author’s website and blog.

Marsh’s Library of Stories from the Wicklow Uplands

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Full title: Tales of the Wicklow hills : 2000 years of history, myth, legend and local stories

Creator / Author: Richard Marsh

Item Type / Page count: Book / 95p

When Published: 2007

Publisher / Place of Publication: Richard Marsh / 15 Fontenoy Street, Dublin 7.

About: A compendium of folklore, myths,  legends, ballads, stories and history that encompasses the Wicklow Hills in their widest sense. The length of individual entries ranges from single paragraphs to several pages.

ID number(s): 9780955756801 / 0955756804

Contents: Foreword by Dáithí Ó hÓgain — Preface — The Naming of Baltinglass — The Melodies of Buchet’s House — [Section on] Saint Kevin and Glendalough — Glendalough — Kevin and the Thief, the Bird, the Cow, the Water Monster — Kevin Goes to Hollywood — Kevin and King O’Toole — King O’Toole and St. Kevin [ballad] (from the legend of Samuel Lover) by J. Kearney — Kevin and Fáelán — Kevin and Cathleen — The Fate of Cathleen — By that lake, Whose Gloomy Shore [ballad] — St. Kevin: a Legend of Glendalough [poem] by Samuel Lover — Fingal Rónáin (the kin slaying of Rónán) — Feagh McHugh O’Byrne — The O’Byrnes — The Battle of Glenmalure, 25 August 1580 — Red Hugh O’Donnell’s escape — The end of Feagh — Michael Dwyer — The Hanging of John Moore — Hempenstall, “The Walking Gallows” — [Section on]The Vale of Avoca — Thomas Moore and the Meeting of the Waters — The Meeting of the Waters [ballad] by Thomas Moore — Bob Pyne — The Avoca “Non-leprechaun” — The Tigroney Ghost — The Cherrymount Fairy — The Avoca Púca — “Me and Thee” — The Mottee Stone — The Fairy Tree — The Violation of a Fairy Fort — The Moving Statue — The Big Snow — Toss Byrne’s Stroke — Jimmy Treacy (1920-2006) — [Section on] Miscellaneous Tales — A Redcross Púca — Poulaphuca — The Ball Moat — “Ned Sheehy of Dromin” — A Mysterious Incident in Rathdangan — The Gates of Heaven, Kilranelagh Cemetary — Saint Bridget’s Head Stone — Baltinglass Bell Tower — Shawn Reilly — The Athgreany Stone Circle — “The Night We Riz the Tan” — A Bray Ghost  — Saint Patrick in Wicklow — A Rathnew Stroke — The Glenmalure Man — Notes on the stories — Sources: Published and Oral.

Extra #1: Includes photographs, a map and illustrations.

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Once Upon a Time…

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Full title: Folk-Tales from Carlow and West Wicklow

Creator / Author: Pádraig Ó Tuathail

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 48p

Journal Information: Béaloideas, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 46-94

When Published: June 1937

Publisher / Place of Publication: An Cumann le Béaloideas Éireann/The Folklore of Ireland Society / Newman Building, UCD , Belfield Dublin 4.

About: The author collected these stories in the area of Hacketstown, Co Carlow and the adjoining West Wicklow hinterland in 1934. The settings for these fairy and ghost tales range from Glenmalure to Aughavanagh, Tinahely and Knockananna. Echoes of folk tales told across national cultures will be found in the pieces collected here.

ID number(s): 0332-270X

Contents: The Fiery Dragon – The Mermaid and the King’s Son — The Haunted House — The Haunted House (another version) — The Soldier and the Gun — The Hare, Lion, Eagle and Spider — The Enchanted King and Queen — Wednesday, Thursday, Friday — Castle of the Underworld — Cinderella — The Farmer and His Three Sons — Jack the Giant Killer — The Jealous Husband — Jack Bound to a Robber — The Crock of Gold — The Man and the Corn — Story Without End — In Search of Stories — Magic Milking — The Magic Hare — The Old Woman and the Priest — Bewitching of Butter I – III — The Fairy Rath — Escape from Robbers — Tales of the Fairies I – XXIV — Editorial Note.

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