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The keys to the cottage : stories from the West of Ireland

Author: Carlos Reyes
Publisher: Sandpoint, Idaho : Lost Horse Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First edition
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"In 1954, documentarian Dorothea Lange traveled to the West of Ireland to photograph that region's stark, rural life. While the 20th century succeeded in modernizing much of the world, the people of western Ireland held fiercely to the past and their traditions. But beyond a world frozen in black and white photographs are the stories of those people. And in 1972, an Irish-American--improbably named Carlos Reyes--set  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Carlos Reyes; Carlos Reyes
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carlos Reyes
ISBN: 9780990819318 0990819310
OCLC Number: 895730998
Description: 110 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Cast of characters --
I knock at the door --
Coming home --
Haran and the bicycles --
Mickey's bike --
My Letterkelly family --
Jack Dan Haran of Letterkelly --
The Mount Callan boys --
Life on the Lafferty farm --
Pat Joe's victory party --
Old stones and the stone circle --
The taxi-man and the redhead --
Footin' turf --
In the hay meadow --
The short life of Miss Pigeen --
The bottle --
The Pirate Queen's petrol --
Mackerel --
Saturday night at the Armada --
Sorry for your trouble --
The twenty year search for the Polldanassa --
A bell for the chapel --
Paddy and the ass --
The Cloonanaha Chapel, County Clare --
The likes of us will never be seen again.
Responsibility: Carlos Reyes.

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"In 1954, documentarian Dorothea Lange traveled to the West of Ireland to photograph that region's stark, rural life. While the 20th century succeeded in modernizing much of the world, the people of western Ireland held fiercely to the past and their traditions. But beyond a world frozen in black and white photographs are the stories of those people. And in 1972, an Irish-American--improbably named Carlos Reyes--set out to find those stories in a county known as Clare. Reyes--who grew up in a family of seasonal farm workers in western Oregon--was intent on discovering his ancestral roots. What he found in the West of Ireland was more than lineage. For a pittance Reyes purchased a 300-year-old stone cottage in Letterkelly and lived among the very farmers in Lange's photographs. And over the course of more than forty years Reyes came to be welcomed by those people as one of their own. In his book, The Keys to the Cottage, Reyes brings to life this cast of unforgettable characters. Pa' Lafferty, the near-giant of a man and patriarch of Reyes' adopted clan. Mickey Vaughan, horse trader, old bachelor, and unrepentant bicycle thief. Not to mention the likes of Jack Dan Haran, the irascible IRA veteran who sold Reyes a cottage that he never even owned. Through Reyes' eyes we see the procession of people walking to Sunday Mass on the county road, and the Laffertys' red tractor with diesel smoke trailing behind. Clustered behind the hedgerows of Letterkelly are the ruins of cottages abandoned during the Potato Famine of the 1800s, a daily reminder of the devastation that swept through the West of Ireland. The people in Reyes' stories are the descendants of those either too poor to escape or tough enough to have survived The Great Hunger"--Provided by publisher.

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