The first collection of twelve humorous Irish short stories featuring Old Seamus, the Seanachie – a lovable rogue from the fictional Donegal village of Ardnakil – whose amusing yarns and escapades are narrated by his old friend and regular visitor, Jamie. These stories were first published in the popular Irish weekly magazine from Wexford, 'Ireland's Own'.
A Seanachie is an Irish storyteller and Seamus is a great example of a storyteller. His storytelling covers many eras of recent Irish history – from his own childhood to modern times, and he often manages to get up to great antics in his attempts to help his friends out. The fire is lit and the smell of burning turf fills the air, the Guinness is cold, his pipe is going and Seamus is ready to tell another few yarns!
There's the 'Tale of a Teacup'
– an Irish American visitor wins his Irish colleen, but did he really get such a bargain? In 'The Cuckoo Clock'
a woman decides to put right a family wrong, but now she can never reveal the secret. Despite the interference of an evil thorn bush, 'The Parish Outing'
has a most satisfactory outcome and in 'The Mill Pool'
an habitual coward suddenly finds himself a local hero. And how come Seamus is allowed to fish the Hon. Marjorie Fitzpatrick's precious trout stream, without fear of any consequences?
Seamus is as crafty as they come, is not averse to 'taking the law into his own hands'
, can keep a secret for many years and is a willing nemesis to any who wish harm to the innocent. Seamus O'Hare, Donegal's answer to Robin Hood!
Gerry McCullough has been writing poems and stories since childhood. Brought up in north Belfast, she graduated in English and Philosophy from Queen's University, Belfast, then went on to gain an MA in English. She lives just outside Belfast, in Northern Ireland, has four grown up children and is married to author, media producer and broadcaster, Raymond McCullough, with whom she co-edited the Irish magazine, 'Bread', (published by Kingdom Come Trust), from 1990-96. In 1995 they published a non-fiction book called, 'Ireland - now the good news!' Over the past few years Gerry has had around sixty short stories published in UK, Irish and American magazines, anthologies and annuals – as well as broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster. Her poems and articles have been published in several Northern Ireland and UK magazines, and she has also done readings from her novels, poems and short stories at several Irish literary events. She writes a regular literary blog – Gerry's Books – and guest writes for several other literary blogs. Gerry won the Cúirt International Literary Award for 2005 (Galway); was shortlisted for the 2008 Brian Moore Award (Belfast); shortlisted for the 2009 Cuírt Award; and commended in the 2009 Seán O'Faolain Short Story Competition, (Cork). Gerry currently has three full-length Irish thriller/romance novels available, plus a short story collection:– Belfast Girls – November 2010 (Night Publishing, UK – re-published 2012 by Precious Oil Publications) Danger, Danger – October 2011 (Precious Oil Publications) Angel in Flight: an Angel Murphy thriller – June 2012 (Precious Oil) The Seanachie: Tales of Old Seamus – January 2012 (Precious Oil) (previously published in an Irish weekly magazine) The Cúirt Award-winning story, 'Primroses,' and the Seán O'Faolain commended story, 'Giving Up,' have been extended and re-written as part of a series of eight more serious Irish short stories – to be published later in 2012. Also in the pipeline are, 'Lady Molly and the Snapper' – a young adult time travel adventure, set in Dublin; and 'Not the End of the World' – a humorous, futuristic, adult fantasy novel – both coming soon from Precious Oil.