Local storytellers included in new rural anthology
STORIES by two County Wexford writers have been included in an anthology of Irish rural memories which is expected to be a best-seller this year.
'Around The Farm Gate' a collection of 50 stories with a rural theme has been published by Ballpoint Press in collaboration with RTÉ. Included in the collection, are stories by Ciaran Condren from the Macamores in North Wexford, and James Keane from Ballygarrett.
Ciaran lives on a suckler farm with his wife and two sons. His story 'The Race To The Bottom Of The World' comes from the imagination of a farm child adapting to the floods around the yard in creating a magnificent race across the globe.
James is a teacher who spends his spare time working on the farm with his father, Seamus. His story 'Cuckoo Oats and Woodcock Hay' evokes memories of families and friends working together in the fields and his dialogue is so sharp and to the point it cuts like a knife.
The stories in the collection are a brief snapshot in time and offer a rare glimpse of recent history, encapsulating and preserving the traditions of several generations in a rapidly disappearing rural landscape.
The presenter of RTE Radio 1's popular Countrywide programme, Damien O'Reilly said that the collection 'is a rich tapestry of unique memories and stories of life on the land in rural Ireland, a collection of events that happened but are seldom documented, until now.'