That Unearthly Valley - A Donegal Childhood
Patrick McGinley was born in Cill Athnaid in Glencolmcille and on emigrating
became a well-known author and publisher in England.
A canny, loving portrait of a 1940s/1950s rural Irish upbringing, a moving homage
to the folk imagination, 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, wherein he first encountered such mysteries as crab
toes, family, sex, death, and school, along with a larger-than-life
local curate, Fr James McDyer, a radical socialist in a
Roman collar. 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 Bax. 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
Patrick McGinley was born in Glencolmcille, Co Donegal and on emigrating became
a well-known author and publisher in England.
ISBN : 9781848401198
New Island 2011
Patrick McGinley also wrote Bogmail, Cold Spring and Bishop's Delight
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