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Storytelling on the Northern Irish Border

Here is a quick note to celebrate the publication of my friend Ray Cashman’s new book Storytelling on the Northern Irish Border, which has just been released by Indiana University Press. Here is the blurb:

Folklore is crucial to life in Aghyaran, a mixed Catholic-Protestant border community in Northern Ireland. Neighbors socialize during wakes and ceil (informal nighttime gatherings) regardless of religious, ethnic, or political affiliations. The witty, sometimes raucous stories swapped on these occasions offer a window into community and identity in the wake of decades of violent conflict and change. Through local character anecdotes, participants explore the nature of community and identity in ways that may transcend exclusively Catholic or Protestant sectarian histories and identities.

IUP would be happy to sell you a copy here.  Coming soon to a library near you here.

Congratulations Ray!



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  1. Lorraine Dennis #

    Hi, I’m delighted to hear of the publication of Ray’s book. I’ve just finished a doctoral thesis on the Irish border and am looking for a position in the US so it’s great to know you guys that side of the pond are interested in it! Very best of luck.

    January 6, 2009

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