Nothing quite like Derry folk

Author Madeline McCully. DER2915MC002
Author Madeline McCully. DER2915MC002

Her last book was so popular it sold out on the night of the launch.

Madeline McCully’s collection of stories ‘Haunted Derry’ published by the History Press in October proved to be a runaway success.

And now the Derry author is following it up with her second book ‘Derry Folk Tales’.

The book which will be launched at the Playhouse on December 5 is a collection of folk stories that Madeline has heard down the years. From the legends of Lough Foyle to Fairy Curses and Charms, the former Derry teacher promises that this new book is just as entertaining as the last.

And she says she’s delighted to see the book in print.

“Unfortunately many of our stories are being lost in this modern age when technology provides entertainment for the young and not so young,” said Madeline, who says she is old enough and lucky enough to have experienced the big nights or ceildhe nights.

The book will preserve some of the many stories that have been told and told again over the years.

Madeline says these have been further enhanced with the research she has done.

The recent theft of the Manannán Mac Lir statue from Binevenagh Mountain near Limavady provided a wider interested in the famous character from folklore.

“I had already written stories about Manannán Mac Lir and people were asking me who or what he was,” said Madeline. “He was the Neptune of Lough Foyle and there have been so many stories written about him so there are stories in the book about him.”

Initially Madeline began penning Derry Folk tales before Haunted Derry, however her publishers saw the market for the two books.

“The books were written in tandem,” she explained. “Then I had to take the stories and choose which ones crossed over into a ghost story. There was a lot of material. In fact there are so many stories that I’ll be bringing out a second book ‘Haunted Donegal’ next year. There’s even enough material for a Haunted Derry Volume II).”

The book will be launched in the Playhouse on December 5 at 6 p.m. It is available locally at Eason and Little Acorns in the Yellow Yard.