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Barefoot in Mullyneeny By Bryan Gallagher

Barefoot in Mullyneeny
by Bryan Gallagher

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The Frank McCourt of Belfast, Bryan Gallagher's reminiscence, first heard on Radio 4's 'Home Truths', are filled with a warming optimism and nostalgic beauty that transports you to a world of boyhood pranks, playground politics and the confusion of growing up.
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Barefoot in Mullyneeny Summary


Barefoot in Mullyneeny: A Boy's Journey Towards Belonging by Bryan Gallagher

Bryan Gallagher's reminiscences of the Ireland of his youth, first heard on Radio 4's 'Home Truths', transport you to a world of boyhood pranks, playground politics and the confusion of growing up in a land that is every bit as magical and captivating as the stories he has to tell. Barefoot in Mullyneeny is Bryan Gallagher's evocative tale of a childhood remembered through the people and landscape of Fermanagh, near the beautiful shores of Lough Erne in Ireland. Bryan chronicles a time when all the big boys went to school in bare feet and secretly watched the Saturday night bands and dances in halls lit by Tilley lamps; where it was known to be nothing less than the biblical truth that if you put a horse-hair across the palm of your hand when you were about to be punished at school, the cane would split in two. Gallagher's writing will touch the hearts of those who long for the innocence of childhood and the simplicity of an era long past. Whether relating tales of murderous bicycle chases through the darkened streets of Cavan, of ghosts and fairy forts or the anguish of emigration, this remarkable memoir vividly recreates life in rural Ireland in the 1940s and 50s. For those who thought that life in Ireland was one of the poverty and misery of James Joyce or Frank McCourt, Barefoot in Mullyneeny offers a view of the Ireland of yesteryear that combines the touching, homely nostalgia of Nigel Slater's Toast and Laurie Lee's Cider with Rosie with a humorous optimism that is unmistakably Ireland at its best.

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About Bryan Gallagher


Bryan Gallagher is a retired headmaster who has spent his whole life living in the county of Fermanagh, Ireland, near the beautiful shores of Lough Erne. Bryan lives with his wife Maeve in Enniskillen and have five children: two daughters, Ciara and Riana, as well as three sons, Bryan Og, Declan and Garvan. Bryan still plays for his band, and the three boys join their father on stage on the very special occasions when the Starlight Band is re-formed. Bryan Gallagher can now be heard as a regular columnist on Home Truths on Radio 4.

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GOR001132969
Barefoot in Mullyneeny: A Boy's Journey Towards Belonging by Bryan Gallagher
Bryan Gallagher
Used - Very Good
Hardback
HarperCollins Publishers
2005-05-16
240
0007204051
9780007204052
N/A
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