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Irish Travellers, Tinkers No More

Alen MacWeeney

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ISBN 10: 0979013003 / ISBN 13: 9780979013003
Editorial: New England College Press, Henniker, NH, 2007
Condición: Very Good+
Librería: The Chatham Bookseller (Madison, NJ, Estados Unidos de America)

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113 pp. Charcoal grey, textured (fine buckram) cloth with silver title on spine and blind stamped title and author on front cover. In near fine conditon with only two tape remnants on the rear paste down. Interior is clean and tight throughout with no markings. Illustrated jacket is clean and bright with a tiny closed tear at bottom rear and a very, very faint ghost of tape on the inside (boo side) of rear flap. The accompanying CD is not present (presumable the source of the tape remnants). A marvelous combiantion of evocative black and white photos of a vanishing people, the Irish Traveller, by Alen MacWeeney, and scholarship about the Travellers, their language and their poetry and music by Bairbre Ni Fhloinn. A beautiful book and invaluable resource even without the CD. Size: Quarto. N° de ref. de la librería 025405

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Título: Irish Travellers, Tinkers No More

Editorial: New England College Press, Henniker, NH

Año de publicación: 2007

Encuadernación: Harcover

Condición del libro:Very Good+

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Very Good+

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In 1965, Alen MacWeeney came upon an encampment of itinerants in a waste ground by the Cherry Orchard Fever Hospital outside Dublin. Then called tinkers and later formally styled Travellers by the Irish Government, they were living in beatup caravans, ramshackle sheds, and time-worn tents. MacWeeney was captivated by their independence, individuality, and en durance, despite their bleak circumstances.

Clearly impoverished, Travellers were alienated--partly by choice--from greater Irish society. They lived catch-as-catch-can. Traditionally, tinkers had been tinsmiths and pot menders; always, they had been horse traders, and they continued to keep some piebald horses. They worked now and again as turf-cutters or chimney sweeps. The women begged in the streets of Dublin and large towns; some told fortunes. They were not welcomed in the country towns of Ireland, where they set up their encampments in lay-bys and cul-de-sacs, littering the roadsides with their waste, hanging their washing on bushes. To Alen MacWeeney, they recalled the migrant farmers of the great American Depression--poor, white, and dispossessed--as the government attempted to get them off the roads of Ireland and gather them in settlements. Although they had been eligible for the dole since 1963, the tinkers--become--Travellers cherished their wayward, ancestral lifestyle.

Already noted in the United States as a photographer of great sensitivity, MacWeeney became accepted by the Travellers and began to photograph them. In a moving essay in the book, he writes: "Theirs was a bigger way of life than mine, with its daily struggle for survival, compared to my struggle to find images symbolic and representative of that life." Over five years, he spent countless evenings in the Travellers' caravans and by their campfires, drinking tea and listening to their tales, songs, and music - "rarely shared or exposed to camera and tape recorder."


"[A spare but lovely book, a stirring cultural miscellany from a community that remains invisible to many-in both the general public and the historic record."--Publishers' Weekly

"Though Travellers are known as a closed and clannish bunch, MacWeeney had no trouble making friends in Cherry Orchard and the other camps he went on to visit. The Travellers found it endlessly amusing to listen to the recordings he made of their singing, since most had never heard themselves before. They appreciated the rapt attention he paid to the folk tales they told him, and they treasured the portraits he gave them, sometimes fashioning foil frames for them out of chocolate wrappers. 'He'd sit down with us all, light the fire, like one of our own . . . He had time for you like,' says Kitty Flynn, a Traveller woman MacWeeney befriended." --Smithsonian

"[A spare but lovely book, a stirring cultural miscellany from a community that remains invisible to many-in both the general public and the historic record ("like so many marginalised people"). As MacWeeney notes, "Theirs was a bigger life than mine, with its daily struggle for survival"; in page after page of beautiful black and white photos, that struggle is captured in the Travellers' faces, by turns despairing, hopeful, joyous and solemn, but also belied in scenes of celebration, laughter and music-making. If there's a fault to find, it's in the volume's brevity; like the Travellers themselves, it's gone before you're ready to stop looking and learning."--Publishers' Weekly (Starred Review)

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