Request: the country stations…

Request for assistance…
I am searching for an account in fiction of the now almost gone country station.
Could any of your members enlighten me?
I am thinking of Canon Sheehan but do not have access to his novels and do not know if he wrote on a station theme.
Suggestion appreciated from any of your readers of fiction .
Regards
Seán Beattie
seanbeattie@hotmail.com

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4 Comments

  1. Sean Beattie says:

    Request: The country stations…

    Many thanks to Fr Eddie Finnegan and Soline Humbert for taking the time to reply and provide two great links which I will follow up now. I may know Fr P Crilly if he is from Co Derry as he was at St Columbs Derry, and thanks for the reference. Sean

  2. Eddie Finnegan says:

    Request: the country stations

    Correction @1:
    ‘My New Curate – At the Station’ is Chapter 6, not Chapter 8 as I misremembered.

  3. Soline Humbert says:

    Request: the country stations

    William Carleton has a long chapter (p145ff) entitled The Station in his Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry.
    Not a novel, but an ethnic sketch (in the form of fiction?)
    It can be found on the web.

  4. Eddie Finnegan says:

    Request: The Country Stations…

    Sean Beattie, an interesting request which I hope will bring to light some good results for your History Blog.

    Your suggestion of Canon Sheehan was a good one, though so far I’ve found only one relevant chapter in his 1902 novel, ‘My New Curate’. Let Gutenberg be your friend! https://www.gutenberg.org/files/20295/20295-h.htm
    ‘The Project Gutenberg EBook of My New Curate, by P.A. Sheehan.’ (Google, if this link does not work.)

    Most of Chapter 8, ‘At the Station’, is devoted to Fr Dan and his new Curate’s slightly eventful house station. Fr Letheby, after a seven-year stint at St Chad’s in Manchester needs to do some adjusting for his new posting to Fr Dan’s parish of ‘Kilronan’. It may be worth doing a trawl through Sheehan’s 1905 novel, ‘Luke Delmege’, which is (I think) also available on Gutenberg.

    My old Maynooth classmate, An tAth Pádraig Ó Croiligh, has an excellent prayer-poem, ‘Teach an Stáisiúin’, in his collection, ‘Brúitíní Creidimh’, page 58 (Foilseacháin Ábhair Spioradálta, 2005).

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