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Why the Moon Travels by Oein DeBhairduin: Traveller folktales usher readers into another way of life

Short stories: Why the Moon Travels

Oein DeBhairduin

Skein Press, 144 pages, hardcover €12.95

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Tales of wisdom: Oein DeBhairduin

Tales of wisdom: Oein DeBhairduin

Why the Moon Travels by Oein DeBhairduin

Why the Moon Travels by Oein DeBhairduin

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Tales of wisdom: Oein DeBhairduin

Why the Moon Travels, penned by Oein DeBhairduin and illustrated by Leanne McDonagh is, its publisher says, "as far as we know, the first collection of folktales written by a Traveller about Travellers and illustrated by a Traveller".

One word comes to mind after reading this book: generosity. We are all, as DeBhairduin remarks in his gracious introduction, "made of stories" and to share a story is an intimate act. It invites trust. In sharing Irish Travellers' folktales, he is drawing back a curtain and showing us a way of life that is often dismissed. When we understand the stories that guide an individual, a community or a country, we come closer to a place of respect.


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