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Paperback, 108 pages
Published November 1988 by House of Healy (first published 1968)
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Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting discussion of the decline of a rural community (Charlestown, Co.Mayo) in the west of Ireland from the persective of a journalist from the town, written in 1970. Needless to say, the dated nature of the material may limit it's relevance to some readers. A lot has changed in 50 years.
More problematic are the writers beliefs and assumptions, or perhaps I should say prejudices, which have dated badly, and his overly sentimental view of small town life in the west before the o
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On the one hand, this is a journalistic and biased opinion of the last throes of country life in the west of Ireland. On the other, it is a sentimental memoir on life in Charlestown, Co. Mayo, and how Ireland failed to stanch migration from the countryside and from the country in the 1960s. A stronger book when it falls more into the latter, and prophetic at times of where this migration would eventually lead the country.
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