The Farm by Lough Gur – The Story of Mary Fogarty (Sissy O’Brien). With an Introduction by Shane Leslie and Decorations by Elizabeth Corsellis.
New Impression of the First Edition. London / New York / Toronto, Longmans, Green and Co., 1942. Large Octavo. XIX, 282 pages. Original Hardcover with original dustjacket in protective collector’s mylar. Excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear.
“In the summer of 1904 I was in the county Limerick seeking the words of a lost song. In the little town of Bruff, where the song was born, Mrs.Fogarty welcomed me to her home on the bank of the lovely river Dawn, or Morning Star. I found in her an enthusiast for the old stories and legends of Bruff and Lough Gur. She told me about the notable banshee Aine and her brother Fer Fi, the dwarf; of fairies in the hollow hills; of a drowned city in the Enchanted Lake; of giants and ghosts, saints’ wells and fairy thorns. She had even in her youth heard the lost song sung. It was not, however, until many years later that she told me about her own people and of her happy childhood spent at the farm beside Lough Gur. It was a story I felt, that should be shared with others, and in 1935 I asked Mrs. Fogarty if she would write her recollections of those days. ………In this way Mary Fogarty@s story came to be written, with her and for her, by her friend Mary Carbery, St.Patrick’s Day, 1937.” [Author’s Message]