CARLETON’S FAIR OF EMYVALE AND OTHER STORIES

14 December 2018 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher Next month we will be marking the 150th anniversary of the death of the famous Irish writer William Carleton. His most famous work was Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry, a collection of stories that centred around life in the Clogher Valley area where he grew up in the early 19th Century. Carleton, while lodging with his cousin Paddy Treanor near Emyvale, received an early education at a hedge school conducted by his cousin Fr John Keenan at Glenna, close to the present chapel in the parish of Donagh.

Later in 1814 he was taught by Fr Tom Campbell in Errigal Truagh. Carleton’s haunting poem, Sir Turlough or The Churchyard Bride is set in Errigal Truagh old graveyard close to Moybridge. One of his stories was The Fair of Emyvale which he published in The Illustrated London Magazine in 1852. Throughout the story there are mentions of actual and familiar placenames such as Derrygola. He also refers to the jailhouse in Monaghan town as Johnny Short’s (chief officer of the prison). The story was….

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