Shortly after his return to Ireland from the USA, Joe Mc Gowan, becoming keenly aware of the accelerating pace of change in the Irish countryside, decided to record the old lore before it vanished completely. Since that time he has been dedicated to preserving, visually and orally, Ireland ’s disappearing traditions and customs. Now a full-time writer his books, backed by meticulous archival research, are inspired by countless nights spent visiting the older generation and listening to their tales. His short stories, usually cameos of Irish life both past and present, feature frequently in national magazines and on radio. He is also a Heritage Specialist with the Irish National Teachers Organisation ‘Heritage in Schools Scheme’.
His publications include the classic In the Shadow of Benbulben; Echoes of a Savage Land; Constance Markievicz, the People’s Countess; Co. Sligo Famine Book; Inishmurray, Gale, Stone and Fire; Island Voices, and most recently, co-authored with artist Anne Osborne: Sligo, Land of Destiny.
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