Irish Fairy Tales by Padraic O'Farrell


Irish Fairy Tales by Padraic O'Farrell

For generations, stories of 'the fairies' have been filling the pages of Irish literature, as well as enriching a wealth of oral tradition. They could do no evil or good, depending on how mortals treated them, thus ensuring their place in Irish lore down through the ages. Now Padraic O'Farrell re-tells some of the finest Irish fairy tales, with themes as enduring and fascinating as time itself. Many were first told to the author at country firesides over half a century ago and, like a true storyteller, he has spiced his tales with humour and nostalgia, in this re-evocation of a special part of the Irish tradition. Other books by Padraic O'Farrell Ancient Irish Legends Irish Saints Irish Surnames.

About the Author

The late Padraic O'Farrell was one of Ireland's most prolific popular authors. Born in County Kildare in 1932, he went on to become a senior army officer based in Mullingar. He was the author of forty books, including a number on Irish proverbs and sayings: Gems of Irish Wisdom, Irish Rogues, Rascals and Scoundrels and How the Irish Speak English. Other books are The Burning of Brinsley MacNamara, The Blacksmith of Ballinalee, Who's Who in the Irish War of Independence and Civil War 1916-23, and a Michael Collins novel, Rebel Heart. He also scripted two historical plays and a musical based on the Great War and wrote features and theatre reviews for various publications, among them The Irish Times and Theatre Ireland. He died in 2003.

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128 pages


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Publication date

8th March 2001



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