Edmund Lenihan

Life
1951- ; b. Co Kerry [var. Co. Clare]; ed. NUI Galway (MA in phonetics); collector and teller of Irish stories, ultimately with the largest tape-collection in private hands in Ireland; issued ten collections incl. and Tales of Mystery and Imagination (2006), a reworking of the Fianna cycle; taught English at Laurel Hill [girls’ boarding-school], Co. Limerick and latterly retired with epilepsy-type condition; presented 12-part RTÉ “Storyteller” series, 1986, followed by “Ten Minute Tales” in 1987-88; m. Mary, with whom six children; a son is completing a PhD on fairy tales at Reading.

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Works
Fiction [story-telling], Long Ago by Shannonside (Cork: Mercier Press 1982, 2002) [tales of seanachie Jimmy Armstrong]; Irish Tales for Children (Cork: Mercier Press 1987) ; Finn MacCumhail and the Baking Hags (Cork: Mercier Press 1993); A Spooky Irish Tale for Children (Cork: Mercier Press 1997): Gruesome Irish Tales for Children (Cork: Mercier Press 1997), 126pp.; Stories of Old for Children (Cork: Mercier Press 1998); Humorous Tales for Children (Cork: Mercier 1998); Rowdy Tales for Children (Cork: Mercier Press 2001); Irish Tales of Mystery and Imagination (Cork: Mercier Press 2006), q.pp.; Strange Tales for Children; &c.

Non-fiction, In Search of Biddy Early (Cork: Mercier Press 1987); [as Edmund Lenihan], In the Track of the West Clare Railway (Cork: Mercier Press1990); Ferocious Irish Women (Cork: Mercier Press 1991); The Savage Pigs of Tulla (Cork: Mercier Press 2000), 160pp.

Poetry, incs. A Loss of Face and Other Poems (Inchicronan Press 1983), The Portrait Gatherer (Inchicronan Press 1984), Even Iron Men Die (Inchicronan Press 1985),

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Criticism
Shirley Kelly, ‘Children Want Blood and Guts’, interview in Books Ireland (Dec. 2006), p.276.

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References
Katie Donovan, A. N. Jeffares & Brendan Kennelly, eds., Ireland’s Women (Dublin: gill & Macmillan 1994), extracts from ‘Alice Kyteler’ and ‘Aoibheall, the Banshee’, in Ferocious Irish Women (Mercier 1991)

Website at www.eddielenihan.com incls. illustrated accounts of his books with extracts from prose and poems [link].

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Notes
All changed: Ferocious Irish Women (Mercier 1991) was reissued as Defiant Irish Women (Mercier 1993), with chapters on Aoibheall the banshee, Máire Rua McMahon, Lady Betty (the Roscommon hangwoman), Moll Shaughnessy-Spiorad na mBearnan and Alice Kyteler of Kilkenny.

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