The Stars of Ballymenone

The Stars of Ballymenone

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In the time of the Troubles, when bombs blew through the night and soldiers prowled down the roads, Henry Glassie came to the Irish borderland to learn how country people endure through history. He settled into the farming community of Ballymenone, beside Lough Erne in the County Fermanagh, and listened to the old people. For a decade he heard and recorded the stories and songs in which they outlined their culture, recounted their history, and pictured their world. In their view, their world was one of love, defeat, and uncertainty, demanding the virtues of endurance: faith, bravery, and wit. Glassie's task in this book is to set the scene, to sketch the backdrop and clear the stage, so that Hugh Nolan and Michael Boyle, Peter Flanagan, Ellen Cutler, and their neighbors can tell their own tale, which explains their conditions and converts them into a tragedy of conflict and a comedy of the absurd. It gathers the saints and warriors, and celebrates the stars whose wit enabled endurance in days of violence and deprivation.With patience and respect, Glassie describes life in a time and a place exactly like no other, and yet Ballymenone is like a thousand other places where people work on the land during the day and tell their own tales at night, forgotten, while the men of power fill the newspapers and history books by sending poor boys out to be killed.The Stars of Ballymenone is an integrated analysis of the complete repertory of verbal art from a rural community where storytelling and singing of quality remained a part of daily more

Product details

  • Paperback | 604 pages
  • 178 x 241 x 33.02mm | 1,438g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New Edition
  • 43 color illus., 27 b&w illus.
  • 0253022541
  • 9780253022547

About Henry Glassie

Henry Glassie is Professor Emeritus of Folklore at Indiana University and author of many books, including Prince Twins Seven-Seven (IUP), The Potter's Art (IUP), Vernacular Architecture (IUP), Passing the Time in Ballymenone (IUP), and Turkish Traditional Art Today (IUP). His books have won a host of awards and three of his works have been named notable books of the year by the New York more

Table of contents

1. Remains 1 Our District of the Country 9 2. Ballymenone 15 3. Fermanagh 33 4. Northern Ireland 45 5. Carrying On 53 6. Stars in the Dark 67 7. Michael Boyle 115 8. Hugh Nolan 125 9. Peter Flanagan 155 10. Dwelling in Time 189 An Epic of Common Life 225 11. The Fireside 227 12. The Ceili 251 13. Saints 257 14. Saint Columcille 26915. Battles 275 16. Black Francis 283 17. Experiences 289 18. Fairy Tales 301 19. Ghost Stories 319 20. Exploits 335 21. The Gift of Wit 345 22. Tales in the Ceili 375 23. Public Performance 381 24. The Twelfth in the Town 387 25. A Night at Swad 395 Afterword 419 Acknowledgments 435 Notes to the Book 437 Notes to the Compact Disc 517 Bibliography 558 Index 584show more

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