A compare & contrast article of Henry Glassie’s World Vs The Modern Day, in regards to architecture and housing of the common man in Ireland. The book itself gives a rich glimpse into an intimate art form, the traditional oral performance with a focus on the talented individuals of Ballymenone, County Fermanagh, Ireland.
When Henry Glassie came to the small hospitable village of Balleymenone, it was 1972, the bloodiest year of the Troubles. “People were aware of the “big” world, just not a part of it.” Henry Glassie was very interested in capturing the villager’s viewpoints of the world around them. How they were able to see what they had, when it was so little, as so much more; among other things.“That was a mystery in a sense.”(Glassie, IU News 2006). “Everyone lived in an economizen way.”-Hugh Nolan. Continue Reading