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Irish Fairy Tales   By: (1848-1904)

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Irish Fairy Tales by Edmund Leamy is a delightful collection of enchanting stories that have been passed down through generations. With its rich folklore and captivating narratives, this book whisks readers away to a world of myth and magic.

One of the striking aspects of this collection is Leamy's skillful storytelling. He seamlessly transports readers to the verdant landscapes of Ireland, where supernatural beings and extraordinary creatures roam. From mischievous leprechauns to beautiful merrow maidens, the author introduces a diverse range of characters that come alive with his vivid descriptions. Each tale holds its own unique charm and promises to engross readers of all ages.

Additionally, Leamy's writing style is both accessible and engaging. The language is simple yet elegant, allowing readers to become fully immersed in the narratives without feeling overwhelmed. The stories are perfectly paced, with just the right amount of suspense and resolution, making this book a joy to read aloud or independently.

Notably, Irish Fairy Tales highlights the importance of moral lessons and the consequences of one's actions. Through tales like "The Horned Women" and "Jamie Freel and the Young Lady," Leamy imparts wisdom while keeping the enchantment intact. These stories serve as valuable reminders of the power of kindness, bravery, and compassion, making them relevant to readers of any era.

Moreover, the inclusion of authentic Irish folklore is a standout feature of this collection. Leamy's commitment to preserving these tales and presenting them with cultural reverence is evident throughout. Readers not only get a glimpse into Irish mythology but also gain a deeper understanding of the traditions and beliefs that have shaped the country's rich heritage.

In conclusion, Irish Fairy Tales by Edmund Leamy is a beautifully written and thoughtfully curated collection that captures the essence of Irish folklore. It is a treasure trove of timeless stories that will transport readers to a realm of wonder and enchantment. Whether read alone or shared with loved ones, this book is a must-have for anyone seeking to explore the magical realms of Irish mythology.

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[Illustration: IRISH FAIRY TALES


Pictured by. S.W. Fazáin.


M. H. Gill & Son, Ltd., Dublin.

CONTENTS PAGE PREFACE, vii NOTE, xi Princess Finola and the Dwarf, 1 The House in the Lake, 19 The Little White Cat, 41 The Golden Spears, 63 The Fairy Tree of Dooros, 82 The Enchanted Cave, 101 The Huntsman's Son, 124 Notes, 145


The author of the tales contained in this volume was one of the brightest and most poetic spirits who have appeared in Ireland in the last half century. It is needless to say that he was also one of the most patriotic Irishmen of his generation patriotic in the highest and widest sense of that term, loving with an ardent love his country, its people, its historic traditions, its hills and plains, its lakes and streams, its raths and mounds... Continue reading book >>

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