Battles Bricks and Bridges

Henry Glassie at Arney Hall

Professor Henry Glassie is Emeritus College Professor of Folklore at Indiana University Bloomington. With specialisations in folk art, folk life, vernacular architecture and material culture, Glassie has written nearly twenty books on folklore of the areas of Ireland, Turkey, Bangladesh, and the United States. Three of these have been named by The New York Times as “Notable Books of the Year.” Henry Glassie came to live in an area known locally as Ballymenone for seven years in the 1970s’ before publishing his book “Passing The Time In Ballymenone” in 1982. His contribution to the understanding of local customs, storytelling, and anthropology is recognised as a unique cultural and academic contribution to the area, County Fermanagh and beyond. In July 2014 he returned to Ballymenone as a guest of the “Battles, Bricks and Bridges” project. The local hall in Arney was packed to capacity to welcome him back and the audience enjoyed an evening of witty and reflective conversation between Henry Glassie and local story teller Seamus McCanny. This film is a recording of this truly unique event.