Mysteries and Legends of Donegal - Keith Corcoran


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Mysteries and Legends of Donegal; Historical Tales of the Unexpected

Author and storyteller, Keith Corcoran, is back with a whole new kind of storytelling collection. This book re-examines sixty one enduring mysteries and legends from throughout Donegal and Northwest Ireland to reveal new intriguing insights from interviewed local historians, seanchaí and lore keepers. Many of these stories provide fascinating insights into a forgotten Ireland and are sure to enchant and mistify readers of all ages.

The book includes 15 illustrations created in a Woodcut style by artist Bob Wilson, who also designed a unique Tolkien-style Donegal map charting Keith’s journey.

It is written in a riveting, suspenseful style, forming part of a physical, atmospheric, winter time road trip around Donegal in search of elusive material. Some critics have described it as a brand new genre of Irish folklore with many never before published stories.


‘’Keith is a true seanchaí, in the ancient Gaelic tradition of storytelling. He is the teller who preserves the myths and legends of our people and passes them on to succeding generations. With this book, Keith has preserved and passed on a range of wondrous, often terrifying tales of Donegal. Again and again I found complete stories which I previously knew only in tantalising scraps. This book is a treasure. It is a book to preserve on your bookshelf, not just for yourself, but for your children and your grandchildren. It will be forever a Donegal classic.’’

Soinbhe Lally, author of ‘Ancient Legends of Ireland’ and Favourite Irish Fairy Tales’.

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