Potatoes, Children and Seaweed / Scéalta agus Seanchas
This beautiful book tells of a way of life which has now completely vanished. It is the tale of a Waterford coastal community where the Irish language has endured against all odds. During the first half of the twentieth century, neighbourliness and survival went hand in hand. Whether sowing crops, mending fishing nets, welcoming a newborn or lamenting the dead, all work was a communal act. The women harvested seaweed and planted potatoes while the menfolk went to sea. Without television or internet, and before the advent of modern technology, they created their own entertainment with singing, dancing, music and storytelling. In this volume, twenty one contributors keep us transfixed with their tales arranged marriages, evictions, ghosts, Fenians, holy wells, Strawboys, gun running and a wealth of customs and traditions.