Monday, November 9, 2015

Mayo Folk Tales.

Those magic words “Once upon a time” have been spoken around the flickering flame of the turf fire by storytellers for thousands of years.  Within these pages you will find gathered together tales of County Mayo to ignite your imagination. Tales of Highway men and ghostly figures that roam the woods. Monsters that inhabit the deep waters of Lough Mask and creatures of the night that suck the life from those they visit. Stories that are part of the rich tapestry that makes up the folklore, myth and legend of County Mayo.

You will be taken on a journey through the rugged landscape of the west coast of Ireland, to its holy mountain Croagh Patrick known locally as The Reek and across the waters of Clew Bay. Here you will read of Gráinne Uialle the Pirate Queen, the spectre known as the Fír Gorta who roamed the famine villages of west Mayo, and the Matchstalk man of Straide.

Within theses covers you will find the story of The Love Flower and two young lovers, the land of eternal youth known as Tír na Nog and the Night of the Big Wind and many more. So why not pull up a chair and sit awhile, you know you’re never too old for a story.

Mayo Folk Tales now available in all good bookshops, on Kindle, or through Amazon. So why not pull up a chair and sit awhile, you know you're never too old for a story.  A perfect size for fitting into your Xmas stocking or posting to your friends and loved ones for the festive season.  A little taste of home.


  1. Hi there, I'm hoping you might be able to help me. I'm gathering superstitions surrounding animals, death and the soul for a college project. I came across a piece in one of your articles regarding mice and the souls of murder victims. Might you have any further examples or sources for this superstition. Thanks for any help. Kind regards. Maria

  2. Hi, I comment here because I don't find anywhere else to contact you. On your webpage there is a drawing of a hedge laying. I am about to publish a novel, in Spanish, where I refer to a blog written, originally in Italian, by a character of the novel. In an entrance of that blog that same image appears. I had it on my computer and couldn't find it anywhere. Today they sent me the first draft of the edited book and I found it on your webpage.

    Are you the autor of the image? Do you mind that it appears on my book (roughly translates The Wheel: An Illustrated Novel about Permaculture in a Solarpunk Fashion). Due to the structure of the book no image is referenciated.

    Thanks a lot!

  3. As a matter of fact, now that I think about it, it would be possible to give you credit for the image if you wanted.