If you are in county Clare , and intend to visit the cliffs of Moher, there's an mythology exhibition at the interpretive centre. If you go a short distance inland, you'll get to Gort , and drop by Coole park. It's where WB Yeats spent time during the Celtic literary revival, and might be of interest.
I was trying to link you to some of Oscar Wilde's work, but the site was busy when I attempted. I have not checked but it is possible that Amazon,Borders,Barnes and Noble etc. I know that Amazon has several of his books. He was here in Wichita a few years ago and I got to hear him. I enjoyed his stories immensely and he most definitely is an interesting character.
With the price of hardback children's books in general and now the exchange rate this suggestion might be of help.
Edited and Selected by W. B. Yeats
Many book stores and some craft stores such as Bricin in Killarney and Killarney Bookshop itself will have a discounted book section and you are sure to find a children's book of Irish fairy tales. I have often bought them in the past as gifts for parents to read to their young children.
They have reported back to having had so much fun trying to do old Irish accents and struggling with the names. It sounds like a great way to entertain them on the road and you will be hearing the accents first hand and can do a better job or reading them into the stories. What a fabulous question! I read to my own daughter every night at bedtime when she was younger Anyway, here's the blurb from the back of the Poolbeg edition that I have, because I'm too lazy to tell you the entire plot:. Instead, she finds Sheila, a poor, valiant little drudge for Fat Maggie , Fergus, the Ballad Singer, the Apple Woman, the Swan Children and the Scarecrow, and sees the glimmering castle on the Island of the Four Swans, before the road brings her safely home.
Though this is a fairy tale, with magic and all manner of peculiar happenings, the story rings strangely true. It is Ireland of old, with market days and ballad singers at the street corners, a world where people still gather with respect to listen to a story-teller.
Irish Fairy and Folk Tales by Yeats
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We offer a nice copy of this rare and attractive title. It is not dated, but Yeats mentions the year at the end of his acknowledgements. The book is bound with an unusual decorative red cloth spine and plain red cloth corners with gilt titling to spine; it has ornamental paper sides and is all edge gilt. The author's name has been mispelled 'Yates' on the spine. The work comprises pages including Notes and there is a page section of publisher's advertisments at the end of the book. The volume is presented as published with title-page, dedication page, contents pages and Introduction by the author followed by a half-title before the start of the text.
This copy is slightly worn and rubbed at head and tail of spine and along the edges of the boards.
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There is a small area of loss of the paper side on the bottom of the back board adjoining the decorative panel adjacent to the spine. The endpapers are just slightly foxed, but there is very little foxing throughout the text; small handwritten owner's name in faded black ink at head of title page. The book is otherwise in bright, clean condition for its age.
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The leather is rubbed to the edges and the boards have light shelf rubbing only. The spine has four ribs with gilt lettering and decoration and there is a gilt library crest to the front boards. All the gilt is lovely and bright. Marbled edges and endpapers. The rear hinge is cracked but holding well. The contents are very good with minimal soiling and most library marks have been removed. Overall a very attractive, clean copy of this early work by Yeats. Scans available if required.
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Camelot Series, Yeats' second book, the first to be edited by him. Red cloth slightly soiled.
Wade Published by Walter Scott,, London: About this Item: Walter Scott,, London:, Edited and Selected by W. Sixteenmo, red cloth stamped in black on front cover and stamped in black and gold on spine, pp. Yeats' second book preceded only by 'Mosada' , containing a ten-page introduction and numerous notes, poems and articles by W. Spine is quite faded, with light wear at tips of spine, faint dust soiling to extremities, with small soil spot on front cover, light tanning on endpapers, else a good to very good copy.