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Gathering Carrageen

A Return to Donegal

Monica Connell

Gathering Carrageen by Monica Connell

As a child, growing up in Belfast in the 1950s, Monica Connell spent the summer holidays in Donegal. In the 1990s, by now an anthropologist and author, she returned to Donegal with her husband. Gathering Carrageen is the story of that return: the harsh beauty of the landscape and elements, the sense of fun and community in the face of tensions between tradition and modernity. Now with a longer perspective and more experienced eye, Connell describes her relationships with some of the local people - a lobster fisherman, a sheep farmer, a trawler worker, an old woman who gathers carrageen on the seashore - and the complex adventures of learning their skills.

RRP: £8.99
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781910124468
Publication Date: 19/03/2015
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Monica Connell
Monica Connell grew up in Northern Ireland. She studied Sociology at London University followed by Social Anthropology at Oxford. Her first book, Against a Peacock Sky, an account of two...


‘An impressive and accomplished work. Fresh and salty as seaweed.’

Éilís ní Dhuibhne

‘A ... daring poetic style. She has an eye for concrete detail; an obvious pleasure, both sensuous and sharp, in the texture of life around her and a skill for finding the appropriate phrase.’

Lorraine Courtney, Irish Independent

‘This is a book for the initiated and for those who plan on visiting the northwest of Ireland; as a tribute to that part of the world and its people it is a fine achievement and will act as a valuable companion.’

Alan Murrin, TLS

‘A work of extraordinary depth and clarity.’

Barney Rogerson, author ofBook of Numbers

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Gathering Carrageen: A Return to Donegal In 1990, Monica Connell returned to the area of Donegal where she had spent her childhood summers. Gathering Carrageen: A return to Donegal recounts...