An Obstacle Confusion: The Wonderful World of Barney McKenna

An Obstacle Confusion: The Wonderful World of Barney McKenna

by Jim McCann, Wendy Shea

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Barney McKenna, ‘Banjo Barney from Donnycarney’, was one of the founder members of the Dubliners. But he was also famous for another reason: he was capable of bringing any conversation to a sudden stop by uttering something so completely unexpected as to reduce everyone present to bemused silence. An Obstacle Confusion is a collection of stories about Barney and his ‘Barneyisms’. It was compiled by the late Jim McCann, a former member of the Dubliners, and illustrated by Wendy Shea, a long-time friend of Barney. These wonderful flights of fancy are must-reads for Dubliners fans, young and old. * The Dubliners were travelling through a wine-growing region in southern Germany and had stopped at a scenic restaurant with a wonderful view over the vine-covered hills and valleys. They stood outside, gazing at the breathtaking, sun-dappled panorama, an occasional medieval castle peeking through the mist-shrouded trees, and basked in the beauty of the idyllic scene. Barney eventually broke the reverential silence. “Jaysus,” he said, “there’s a fair few hangovers growin’ up there.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781910742389
Publisher: Liberties Press
Publication date: 11/05/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 114
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jim McCann was a member of the Dubliners between 1974 to 1979, before he embarked on a successful solo career. He returned to the Dubliners for their 2002 reunion tour. He passed away in March 2015.
Wendy Shea, a long-time friend of Barney McKenna, studied at the National College of Art and has worked for the Sunday Independent, Irish Independent, Irish Press, Sunday Tribune and the Irish Times. She worked on Richard’s Cork Leg, which featured the Dubliners and toured widely, being transferred to the Royal Court Theatre in London. She has also illustrated for Gordon Snell on various publications and collaborated with Maeve Binchy on Aches and Pains.

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