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That Unearthly Valley - A Donegal Childhood.  Patrick McGinley

That Unearthly Valley - A Donegal Childhood
Patrick McGinley

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 the Fields’.

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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