In The Ould Ago, meaning a long time ago, is a book of Illustrated Irish Folklore book by Johnny McKeagney.  It comprises of 200 intricately hand-drawn illustrated pages of Irish traditions, crafts, history, countryside, farming ways, wildlife, myths and customs all sewn together in a case-bound hardback A3 size cover. 

A self-taught historian and artist, his prefaces are written by some heavy-hitting academics and historians.  For forty years Johnny collected folklore by pen and tape recorder.  He details stories and events then sketches all the salient points with a fine nib so that readers of any age can easily visualize the topics.


In The Ould Ago
has been selected to be displayed in top North American university libraries including Harvard, Notre Dame, Library of Congress in Washington, UCLA,  Boston College and New York Public Libraries.

In The Ould Ago has won the Judges Special Award in the International Rubery Book Awards “An astonishingly detailed study of old Irish folklore, clearly a labour of love that must have taken many years to complete. It is a beautifully presented coffee-table book with an array of fascinating details and meticulous, hand-drawn illustrations. It is a unique look at the history of everyday rural life, a world that needs to be captured before it vanishes completely from our memories”.  In The Ould Ago gets an Honorable Mention in the History section of the San Francisco Book Festivals Awards.

In The Ould Ago (ISBN 978-0-9566976-0-8) can be purchased through this website securely using PayPal and will be packaged carefully and posted directly to you anywhere in the world.

We regretfully inform you Johnny McKeagney passed away peacefully on the 1st of December 2010. Seeing 40 years of collecting and sketching published in In The Ould Ago gave him tremendous happiness. May God rest his soul. Read more


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